The Jean Pigozzi African Art Collection

Seydou Keïta

Né en 1921 à Bamako, Mali.

Vivait et travaillait à Bamako, décédé en 2001.

C'est un autodidacte de la technique photographique. En 1935 son oncle, de retour d'un séjour au Sénégal, lui offre son premier appareil photo, un Kodak Brownie Flash. Artisan photographe, il se spécialise dans l'art du portrait qu'il réalise sur commande, en lumière naturelle et en noir et blanc, avec une chambre 13 x 18. Ce format lui permet de fournir des tirages par contact de grande qualité optique sans avoir recours à l'agrandisseur.

Il ouvre son atelier en 1948 à Bamako. Très vite les photographies de Seydou Keïta connaissent un grand succès. Son exigence professionnelle et esthétique l'impose comme le portraitiste très apprécié des habitants de Bamako, du Mali et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest. De 1949 à 1962, Seydou Keïta photographiera le tout Bamako. On pose seul, en couple, en famille, en groupe, entre amis, cadrés en buste trois quart, ou en pieds, presque toujours positionné par Keita, lui-même qui voulait donner de ses clients la plus belle image. Dans son studio, les clients pouvaient se faire photographier avec des vêtements chics, chapeaux et accessoires (bijoux, stylos, montres, fleurs...), mais aussi poste de radio, vélo, scooter, voiture que Keita mettait à leur disposition. Chacun exhibait son portrait avec fierté. Le photographe utilise des fonds à motifs décoratifs qu'il renouvelle tous les deux ou trois ans. C'est grâce à ces fonds qu'il a pu par la suite dater ses clichés.

Les photographies de Seydou Keïta constituent un témoignage exceptionnel de la société malienne de la fin des années 1940 à 1977. Il a intuitivement inventé ou réinventé l'art du portrait à travers la recherche d'une précision extrême. Une grâce, une élégance transparaît de toutes ses images. Sa maîtrise de la lumière, du sujet, du cadrage ramène à l'essentiel. Tout ce qui figure dans l'image participe à la beauté naturelle de cette image. Inventif et très moderne Seydou Keita s'inscrit dans la lignée des grands portraitistes comme Avedon. A l'époque du multiculturalisme, cette oeuvre d'une rare beauté prend tout naturellement place dans l'histoire mondiale de la photographie.

EXPOSITIONS INDIVIDUELLES (Sélection)

2020

Feb. 22 2020 – March 31th, 2020

“Untitled: Seydou Keïta” | in collaboration with MACAAL, Throughout the Medina, Marrakech, Morocco

2018/2019

Seydou Keïta - Instituto Moreira Salles - Sao Paulo - Rio, Brazil (04/14/18 to 01/27/19)

2018

Seydou Keïta Bamako portraits - FOAM – Amsterdam, The Netherlands (04/06/18 to 06/20/18)

2017

Seydou Keïta, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France (11/06/17 to 12/22/17)

2016/2017

Seydou Keïta, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, Belgium (11/17/16 to 01/21/17)

2016

Seydou Keïta, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, France, (03/31/16 to 07/11/16)

2013

Seydou Keïta : From Jean Pigozzi's Collection, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia

2010

Seydou Keïta , Beautiful Like That, Jack Bell Gallery, London

2008/2009

Seydou Keïta, Tate Modern, Level 5, London, UK (April 2008 - April 2009)

2007

Seydou Keïta: Portraits from Mali. Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland.

2006

Seydou Keïta: Portraits. John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, United States

Seydou Keïta: The Image King of Africa. Sean Kelly Gallery, NewYork. United States

Seydou Keïta. Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Seydou Keïta. Galleria Marabini, Bologne, Italy

2003

Mali Portraits by Seydou Keïta

The William Bennington Museum of Art, The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, United States

2002-2003

Seydou Keïta: Portraits. Grany Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills, CA, United States

2001

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy.

You Look Beautiful Like That, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, United States

FLASH AFRIQUE

Kunsthalle Wien

Vienna, Austria.

Düsseldorf Cultural Forum, Germany.

You Look Beautiful Like That

Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, U.S.A.

UCLA HAMMER Museum, Los Angeles, United States.

Seydou Keïta. Sean Kelly Gallery, NewYork. United States

Seydou Keïta: Portraits from Mali, Presentation House Gallery. North Vancouver, British Columbia.

1999

PhotoEspana 99, Madrid, Spain.

1998-1999

Seydou Keïta , Saint Louis Museum of Art, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

1997

Seydou Keïta, Gagosian Gallery, New York, United States

Seydou Keïta, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, United States.

Seydou Keïta. Galerie DV, San Sebastián; Galerie DV, Madrid, Spain

Seydou Keïta. Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

1996

Seydou Keïta, Minneapolis Institut of Art Minneapolis, United States.

National Museum for African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C, United States.

1995

Seydou Keïta, Fruit Market Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.

Self Evident, The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham -UK.

Festival « Jazz et musiques métisses ». Musée d’Angoulême, Angoulême, France

Seydou Keïta. HelsinginTaidehalli Helsingfors Konsthall, Helsinki, France

Seydou Keïta. Espace Fernand Léger, Montreuil, France

Seydou Keïta. Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France

1994-1995

Black Movie. Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, La Chaux-de-Fonds (Suisse) ; Saint- Gervais, Geneva.

1994

Seydou Keïta, Ginza art's space – Shiseido, Tokyo, Japan.

Seydou Keïta, Portraits de 1949 à 1964. Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain. Paris, France.

EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES

(Sélection)

2020

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Marrakech - Galerie Nathalie Obadia – 20-23/02/2020

LA Photo, Danziger Galery, LA, USA (30/01 – 02/02)

2019

« Trésors de l’islam en Afrique », Musée Mohamed VI d’art moderne et contemporain, Rabat, Morocco (17/10/2019 - 30/03/2020)

2019

Photo London, UK

Galerie Nathalie Obadia – 16-19/05/2019

I-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, NY - Danziger Gallery – 21-24/02/2019

I-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Marrakech - Galerie Nathalie Obadia – 3-5/05/2019

2017

On aime l'art...!! agnès b., Grand Arles Express, Collection Lambert en Avignon, France

(07/06/17 to 11/05/17)

I love Africa, Festival Photo La Gacilly, Morbihan, Bretagne, France (06/03/17 to 09/30/17)

Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier. Les Initiés, un choix d’œuvres (1989 – 2009) dans la collection d’art africain contemporain de Jean Pigozzi. Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France (04/26/17 to 09/04/17)

Autophoto: de 1900 à nos jours, Fondation Cartier Paris, France (04/20/17 to 09/24/17)

Trésors de l’Islam en Afrique, De Tombouctou à Zanzibar, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris France (04/13/17 to 07/30/17)

2016

African Portraits: Omar Victor Diop, Seydou Keïta, Aida Muluneh, Malick Sidibé & J.D. 'Okhaï Ojeikere. HackelBury Gallery, London, UK (10/06/16 to 11/19/16)

Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, CCCB, Barcelona, Spain

2015/2016

In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York , United States

Après Eden- La collection Walther, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France. (10/17 /2017 – 01/17/2016)

2014/2015

Look at Me!, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam

2014/2015

Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy: From the Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States

2013

WHITE : Photography, Art, Design, Fashion, Film, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam

Malian Portrait Photography. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery, New Paltz, NY, United States

Keïta, Ojeikere, Sidibé, 11 Columbia, en collaboration avec Magnin-A. Monaco

Bamako Photo in Paris, Pavillon carré de Baudouin, Paris, France

Focus sur la collection. Musée de la Fondation Zinsou, Ouidah. Benin

2012

Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, The Netherlands

Who, What, Wear. Selections from the Permanent Collection - Studio Museum Harlem - New York, United States

Africa/Africa, Centre d’art contemporain, Meymac, France

2011

Artur Walther Collection, Paris Photo, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris

2011

August Sander and Seydou Keïta , Walther Collection Project Space, New York, United States

2010

Contemporary African Photography from the Walther Collection

Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity, Neu-Ulm, Germany

African Stories, Marrakech Art Fair, Marrakech, Morocco

África. Objetos y Sujetos, El Centro Cultural Cajastur Palacio Revillagigedo, Gijon, Spain

Africa Rising, 1 rue du Pont Neuf Louis Vuitton - Edun, Paris, France

2007

Why Africa? Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy

2006 /2007

100% Africa, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain (10/12/2006- 02/18/2007)

Vive l’Afrique, Galerie du Jour – Agnès b. Tokyo – Japan (05/29/2006 – 07/31/2006)

About Africa, Part One, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium

2005

Arts of Africa, The Contemporary Collection of Jean Pigozzi, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, France

2005/2006

African Art Now : Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection, Museum of Fine Art Houston,

Houston, United States

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, United States

2005

A Hundred Years of Children, (travelling exhibition)

• The Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo – Japan

• Granship, Shizuoka – Japan

• The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata - Japan

Collection Remixed. Bronx Museum of Arts, Bronx, NY, United States

Contact:9th Annual Toronto Photography Festival. Alliance Française, Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Corporate Culture. The Fleming Collection, London, UK

2003 –2004

Go Johnny Go !, Kunsthallewien, Vienna, Austria

2004

Fifty One celebrates four years, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp – Belgium

Je m’installe aux abattoirs, La collection d’art contemporain d’agnès b., Les Abattoirs Toulouse, France

Joy of life – Two Photographers from Africa. Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

AIM 24: Portraits and Places. Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, New York, United States

Image and Identity: Portraits by Philip Kwame Apagya, Samuel Fosso, Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé. The Sheldon Art Galleries, Saint Louis, Missouri. United States

Faces in the Crowd: Images of Modern Life from Manet to Today. Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. UK

Contemporary Photography from the Harn Museum Collection (Part II). Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, United States

2003 - 2004 (travelling exhibition)

Village Global : Années 60

2nd October 2003 – 18th January 2004 : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Montreal – Canada

19th February 2004 – 23rd May 2004 : Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, United States

2003

Les Ateliers des désirs. Centre culturel francais de Fribourg, Fribourg-en-Brisgau.

Patchworking. Produzentengalerie, Hambourg. Germany

Fables de l’identité: Œuvres de la collection NSM Vie / ABN AMRO. Centre national de la photographie, Paris

Portraits of Pride: Seydou Keïta, Malick Sidibé and Samuel Fosso. Moderna Museet c/o Enkehuset, Stockholm, Sweden. Norskt Fotomuseum, Oslo, Norway.

2002 - 2003 (travelling exhibition)

Alter Ego : Anthropologies involontaires.

20th June – 31 October 2002 : Mundaneum Museum, Mons, Belgium

17 January – 23rd March 2003 : Hotel de Sully, Paris, France

2001 - 2003

You look beautiful like that : The Portrait of Photographs of Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé

* Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown

Massachusetts, MA, United States.

National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, United States.

UCLA Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, United States.

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, United States.

2002

Face Time. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta. United States

Childhood – Collection of the National Fund of Modern Art, Paris. Maison moscovite de la photographie, Moscow, Russia.

2001- 2002

The Short Century Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2001) ; House of World Cultures, Martin- Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2001); Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, (2002), MoMA P.S.1, New York (2002)

Flash Afrique: Fotografie aus Westafrika. Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria.

XVI International Video and Multimedia Arts Festival. Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France.

2001

I ka nyì tan – Seydou Keïta e Malick Sidibé fotografi a Bamako, Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen, Rome, Italy (02/26 – 06/17, 2001)

2000

Africa: Past-Present: Malick Sidibé, Seydou Keïta, P. K. Apagya, Depara, CA. Azaglo and Ojeikere. Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp.

Voilà. Le Monde dans la tête. Paris Museum of Modern Art. Paris, France.

The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, United States.

1999

L’Afrique indépendante. Partobject Gallery, Carrboro, North Carolina. United States.

Seydou Keïta & Malick Sidibé. Galerie du Jour agnès b., Paris, France

PHotoEspaña 99. Madrid, Spain

Kunst-Welten im Dialog von Gauguin zur Globalen Gegenwart. Museum Ludwig Köln, Cologne, Germany.

1998

Roteiros, Roteiros, Roteiros, Roteiros, Roteiros. XXIV Bienal de São Paolo, São Paolo, Brazil.

Moscou 2nd Biennal for Photography, Moscow, Russia.

Les cinquantes ans de Tati, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France.

1997 – 1998

“Images Sensibles” | Secours Populaire à la Galerie Photo de la FNAC, Paris, France

1997

Trade Routes: History and Geography. 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Seydou Keita. Festival Plein Sud de Cozes (Charente-Maritime); Institut français de Mexico, Mexico.

Triangle de Rennes, Rennes, France.

“Permanent Collection since 1997”. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, United States

“Seydou Keïta” | Galerie DV / ARCO, Madrid, Spain

“Retrats de l’Anima. Fotografia Africana”, Fundacio « la Caixa »

1996

In/Sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NewYork.

African Photographers, Guggenheim Museum. New York, United States.

“Fotofest” | Maison de la Culture de Frontenac, Montréal, Canada

“Permanent Collection since 1996” | Minneapolis Institut of Art, Minnesota, United States

“Africaines” | 1er Festival de la photographie des 3 continents, Nantes, France

1995

Big City Artists from Africa. Serpentine Gallery, Londres. UK

Seydou Keïta & Malik Sidibé. Fruitmarket Gallery, Edimbourg. UK

Counter Cultures: Photography and Image Formation in a Multicultural Society. The Netherlands Photography Institute, Rotterdam. The Netherlands.

Multiple Exposure: The Group Portrait in Photography. The Bruce Museum Greenwich (Connecticut) ; Bayly Art Museum, Charlottesville (Virginie) ; Oakville Galleries, Oakville (Ontario). United States.

Self Evident. Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. UK

Rimes et regards. Espace Alain Afflelou, Paris. France

“Festival « Jazz et Musiques Métisses »” | Musée d’Angoulême, Angoulême, France

1994

Premières Rencontres Photographiques de Bamako - Bamako, Mali.

1993

Troisièmes Rencontres photographiques de Normandie, Rouen, France.

Africa Explores: 20th Century African Art. Espace lyonnais d’art contemporain, Lyon, France.

“Images of Africa” | Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

“Rencontres Internationales de la photographie – Seydou Keïta (projection)” | Théâtre Antique

Arles, France

1991

Africa Explores: 20th Century African Art. The Center for African Art and the New Museum for Contemporary Art, NewYork, United States.

BIBLIOGRAPHIE (Sélection)

2019

AMONG OTHERS: Blackness at MoMA, Darby English and Charlotte Barat, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. p 262-263

2019

100 YEARS 100 ARTWORKS A History of Modern and Contemporary Art, Ágnes Berecz. Editions Prestel. p. 74-75

2019

Comment regarder la photographie, Anne De Mondenard et Isabelle-Cécile Le Mée

Editions Hazan. pp 42, 62

2019

1-54 New York

Art Africa Ltd. Fair Catalogue p.38

2018

ART HISTORY Sixth Edition, Marilyn Stokstad, Michael W. Cothren

Pearson. p. 914

2017

Les Initiés, un choix d’œuvres (1989 – 2009) dans la collection d’art africain contemporain de Jean Pigozzi. Editions Dilecta, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France. Catalogue d’exposition.

2017

Autophoto: de 1900 à nos jours. Exhibition catalogue, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain Paris - Editions Xavier Barral, Paris. Pp. 66, 67

2017

Festival Photo La Gacilly - édition 2017 "I Love Africa", catalogue d'exposition, pgs 32-37

2017

Mia, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Laura Silver.

Collection Catalogue. p.340

2016

Bloch, Judy, Stein, Suzanne, Views on the Collection, catalogue d'exposition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2016

2016

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2015

Après Eden, la collection Walther, Simon Njami, Arthur Walter, catalogue d’exposition, la maison rouge, Coédition Fage, Paris

2015

Angier, Roswell, Train Your Gaze: A practical and theoretical introduction to portrait photography, Second Edition, Bloomsbury Publishing, pg 155

2015

Coté Paris, N°37, February-March, 2015, pgs 38-40

2015

Amelie Klein, Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum catalogue, pg. 136-137

2015

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2014

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2014

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2014

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2014

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2014

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2014

Mémoires Vives, 30 an Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Exhibition catalogue, Fondation Cartier.

2014

Photography Today, Mark Durden, Phaidon Press, London, UK

2014

Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn, edited by Jill H. Casid and Aruna D'Souza, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Yale University Press, pg.65.

2014

The History of Photograpy: Volume 4, The Contemporary Era, Walter Guadagnini, Skira, Milan

2014

Body Art, Nicholas Thomas, Thames & Hudson

2014

How to Write about Contemporary Art, Gilda Williams, Thames & Hudson

2014

Travel & See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s, Kobena Mercer, Duke University Press

2014

African Arts, Winter 2014, Volume 47, Number 4, pgs 37-39, 41

2013

Peffer, John and Cameron, Elisabeth L., Portaiture & Photograpy in Africa, John Peffer and Elisabeth L. Cameron, Indiana University Press.

2013

The African Diaspora: A history through Culture, Patrick Manning, Columbia Univesity Press.

2011

SEYDOU KEITA

Photographs, Bamako, Mali 1948 - 1963

Edited by Steidldangin

2010

Contemporary African Photography from the Walther Collection

Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity

Edited by Okwui Enwezor

2007

Why Africa?

Exhibition catalogue. Published by Electa & Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli.

2006

100% Africa

Exhibition catalogue. Published by TF Editores & FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.

2005

Living with Art

Seventh Edition by Mark Getlein. Published by McGraw Hill.

2005

Arts of Africa: The Contemporary Collection of Jean Pigozzi

Exhibition catalogue. Published by Skira Edition & Grimaldi Forum Monaco.

2005

African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection

Exhibition catalogue. Published by Merrell.

2003

Go Johnny Go !

Exhibition catalogue published by Steidl, Kunsthallwien

2002

Carnets de Voyage T2

By Titouan Lamazou. Gallimard Editions

2001

"I ka nyi tan"

Seydou Keita fotografi a Bamako

Castelvecchi Arte. Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen.

2001

YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL LIKE THAT

The portrait photographs of Seydou Keita - Malick Sidibé.

Michelle Lamunière. Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge. Yale University Press, New Haven and London. Text in English.

2001

Cole, Herbert, M., Harris, Michael D., Poynor, Robin, Visonà, Monica Blackmun, A History of Art in Africa, Prentice Hall and Harry N. Abrams Publishers, 2001

2000

FLASH AFRIQUE

Fotografie aus Westafrika

Kunsthalle Wien, Steidl.

Bilingual text: German, English.

1998

50x50, Catalogue Exposition Tati 50 ans

STEIDL p.92-99 (8 pages, 13 pictures)

1997

SEYDOU KEITA

Monographic Book - 287 pages, 207 reproductions.

Published by SCALO, Edited by André Magnin. Book, French or English version.

1997

The Parkett Serie with Contemporary Artists N°49

Bamako : Full Dress Parade by Robert Storr p.24-34.

Bilingual texts: English, German.

1996

MATADOR N°2

Portfolio, Spain.

1995

Self Evident. Seydou Keita

The Ikon Gallery

Birmingham, Great-Britain.

1995

SEYDOU KEITA

Photopoche,

Ed. National Center of Photography, Paris.

1994

SEYDOU KEITA - 1949 to 1962 Exhibition catalogue texts in French by André Magnin. Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris.