Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy: From the Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
October 21 2014 to January 08 2015
"We are pleased to announce that the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery’s inaugural exhibition will comprise selections from the Jean Pigozzi Collection of Contemporary African Art (CAAC). David Adjaye, the renowned British-Ghanaian architect and the designer of the Cooper Gallery and the Hutchins Center façade, also serves as co-curator of this first exhibit, along with Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt. Adjaye heads a curatorial team that offers a unique dialogue between art and space that we think will set the tone for exhibitions to come. Luminós/City.Ordinary Joy will feature 69 works by 21 artists. It illuminates the everyday, ordinary, and ubiquitous world of the city characteristic of so many of the works in Pigozzi’s collection, evoking a sense of place and facilitating a dialogue between body, home, transit, and dynamic urban dwellings. The models, sculptures, photographs, paintings, and videographies of vital city life will convey a vibrant urgency to the Gallery’s visitors."

Opening in fall 2014, the newly established Ethelbert Cooper Gallery is one of eight flagships of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. It will feature both contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art of a global diaspora. The innovative and distinctively designed gallery exhibit spaces will house shows organized by curators, faculty, artists, students, and distinguished guests. The gallery will host a wide range of dynamic workshops, artist talks, symposia, lectures and performances to engage audiences with diverse art archives and cultural traditions from all over the world.

Musée International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge
May 23 2013 to December 31 2014
Works for CAAC artists Romuald Hazoumé and Cheik Ledy will be part of the permanent exhibition of the newly renovated Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge in Geneva.

Initiates, Congo Basin : The masks of Romuald Hazoumé, Musée Dapper, Paris
October 09 2013 to July 06 2014
In Africa, initiations are seen as a necessary condition for obtaining a special position. They mark the transition from childhood to adulthood but they often accompany birth, death and other changes of status. The works presented in Initiates Congo Basin were made for use in these initiation rituals.

Masks are key agents in most initiations: they protect, teach, inflict punishment, frighten, give up their secrets and participate actively in the quest for identity.

The masks of CAAC artist Romuald Hazoumé will be featured in the exhibition taking place at the Musée Dapper in Paris.

Ici l’Afrique / Here Africa - L’Afrique contemporaine à travers le regard de ses artistes
May 08 2014 to July 06 2014
ICI L’AFRIQUE / HERE AFRICA réunira pour la première fois en Suisse, une exposition d’art contemporain de plus de 25 artistes les plus significatifs du continent africain avec environ plus de 40 œuvres majeures, présentées sur les trois étages du Château de Penthes, à Genève, situé à côté du Palais des Nations Unies.
Les artistes et les réalisateurs* inclus dans l'exposition sont les suivants: Georges Adéagbo (Bénin), Omar Ba (Sénégal), Faouzi Bensaïdi* (Maroc), Filipe Branquinho (Mozambique), Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (Côte d’Ivoire), Edson Chagas (Angola), Romuald Hazoumé (Bénin), Pieter Hugo (Afrique du Sud), Adelita Husni-Bey (Libye), Nadia Kaabi-Linke (Tunisie), Gonçalo Mabunda (Mozambique), Mustafa Maluka (Afrique du Sud), Abu Bakarr Mansaray (Sierra Leone), J.D.’Okhai Ojeikere (Nigeria), Joshua Okoromodeke (Nigeria),Richard Onyango (Kenya), Idrissa Ouédraogo* (Burkina Faso), Chéri Samba (Congo), Sarkis & Guem & Perdrix* (France/Bénin), Zineb Sedira (Algérie), Malick Sidibé (Mali), Abderrahmane Sissako* (Mauritanie), Yinka Shonibare MBE (R.-U./Nigéria), Pascale Marthine Tayou (Cameroun), Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroun).

Vernissage 7 mai 2014 à 18h
8 mai – 6 juillet, 2014 Château de Penthes
Ch. de l’Impératrice, Genève-Pregny
Un projet de ART for The World, ONG associée au Département d’Information publique des Nations Unies
Commissaire générale Adelina von Fürstenberg

Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions, Museu Picasso, Barcelona
March 06 2014 to June 29 2014
Post-Picasso will be devoted to a select group of artists who have made very significant achievements in contemporary art through their engagement with Picasso. The exhibition will comprise seventy-five works selected from the oeuvres of approximately forty-two artists living in more than twelve countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America to present the remarkable geographical and chronological range of Picasso’s impact.

The CAAC has contributed works by Calixte Dakpogan, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré and Chéri Samba.

Romuald Hazoumé, Beninese Solidarity with Endangered Westerners, Kunsthaus Graz
September 21 2013 to January 12 2014
"With his NGO founded in Africa, “Beninese Solidarity with Endangered Westerners”, which is at the centre of the project at Kunsthaus Graz, Romuald Hazoumé’s goal is to help impoverished people in Europe. In doing so, he suddenly reverses the accustomed situation, opening up totally new perspectives on the dynamics of postcolonial relationships..."

The Black Whale, MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo
June 10 2012 to March 31 2013
THE BLACK WHALE is an exhibition project arising from the coincidence between the opening day of MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, and the disaster provoked by the Prestige oil-tanker in November 13 2002, to recall those convulsive days in order to tackle some of the most trigger issues of our time: nature exploitation, colonialism, the history of modernity, the myth of an endless progress, maritime commerce, globalization, social movements or war.

The exhibition is structured into several thematic axis interweaved throughout the spaces on the ground floor, and combines plenty of documentary materials — newspapers, photographs, objects, testimonials, videos, graphic material… — together with over fifty artistic proposals in different formats ranging from historical pieces to earlier paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, films, drawings and installation works.

The CAAC has contributed 6 masks by artist Romuald Hazoumé.

Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Beneath a Petroliferous Moon
September 28 2012 to January 06 2013
"Beneath a Petroliferous Moon is a survey of diverse artistic responses to the petroleum industry..." Romuald Hazoumé is among the ten artists taking part in the exhibit.

The National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, African Cosmos: Stellar Arts
August 31 2012 to December 09 2012
The work of CAAC artist Romuald Hazoumé will be featured in "A Universe of Possibilities" section at the African Cosmos: Stellar Art exhibition taking place at the National Museum of African Art in Washington. The piece, entitled "Rainbow Serpent", is made out of recycled jerry cans that are typically used to carry gasoline. It is based on a symbol of the self-devouring snake that is considered a lucky charm in Fon and Yoruba cultures. Here, Hazoumé addresses the exploitation of resources and how this affects communities around the world and over time, including the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade centuries ago and its economic equivalents today.

Romuald Hazoumè : Cargoland
June 28 2012 to August 11 2012
"Internationally acclaimed artist Romuald Hazoumè (b. 1962) will present an ambitious new exhibition at October Gallery. Bringing together two large-scale installations, masks and photographs, ‘Cargoland’ is Hazoumè’s highly anticipated third exhibition at October Gallery and will feature new works that have never been seen in Britain..."

ARS 11 - Changes your perception of Africa and contemporary art, KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland
April 15 2011 to November 27 2011

The premise of the ARS 11 exhibition is Africa in contemporary art. The themes are global, issues that affect us all. Memory, recollection and the simultaneous presence of different histories and layers of time, these are some of the common starting points of the work of many artists featured in ARS 11.

About 30 artists will be invited to participate in the exhibition, some of whom will produce new work for the show. The following artists have already started work for the exhibition: Georges Adéagbo (1942 Benin), Samba Fall (1977 Senegal), Laura Horelli (1976 Finland), Alfredo Jaar (1956 Chile), Otobong Nkanga (1974 Nigeria), Nandipha Mntambo (1982 Swaziland), Odili Odita (1966 Nigeria) and Barthélémy Toguo (1967 Cameroon). The Center for Contemporary Art Lagos CCA will produce an exhibition of work by the Nigerian photographer J. D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere (b. 1930), to be mounted on the second floor in Kiasma.

ARS 11 will extend across Finland and also to one venue in Sweden. The satellite exhibitions will be curated and produced by the partner museums and will showcase the themes of ARS 11.

ARS 11 will be part of the programme of the Capital of Culture year 2011 in Turku. The contribution of Kiasma will include two video installations from its collections: Where is Where? (2008) by Eija-Liisa Ahtila and WESTERN UNION: Small Boats (2007) by Isaac Julien. Both works will be on show for the first time in Finland. This part of the ARS 11 exhibition will be produced in cooperation with the Kiasma Foundation.

The ARS 11 curator team are Pirkko Siitari, Director of Kiasma, Arja Miller, Chief Curator, and Jari-Pekka Vanhala, Curator. The ARS 11 programme for Kiasma Theatre will be compiled by Riitta Aarniokoski. The African theme for ARS 11 was chosen by the former director of Kiasma, Berndt Arell.

The ARS 11 exhibition celebrates the 50-year history of the most important exhibition institution in Finland. Organised since 1961, the ARS exhibitions have played a crucial role in shaping ideas about art and giving a face to contemporary art in Finland. The history of the ARS exhibitions will be showcased during ARS 11 by two publications produced by the Central Art Archives of the Finnish National Gallery as well as by documentary material.

Reconfiguring an African Icon, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
March 08 2011 to August 21 2011
Works featured in this installation are highly creative re-imaginings of the iconic form of the African mask. Among them are sculptural assemblages made of incongruous combinations of discarded materials by two contemporary artists from the Republic of Benin, Romuald Hazoumé (b. 1962) and Calixte Dakpogan (b. 1958). These ironic tributes to the mask as the African form of expression most renowned in the West are considered within a wider art historical context through their juxtapositions with works in a variety of media by modern and contemporary American artists. The celebrated photograph by Man Ray (1890–1976), Noire et Blanche, recent interpretations in glass by influential sculptor Lynda Benglis (b. 1941), and composite creations by Willie Cole (b. 1955) are among these.”

The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing, 1st floor

Environment and Object - Recent African Art, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (NY), USA
February 05 2011 to July 31 2011
Environment and Object • Recent African Art examines recent African art according to two fluid and often intertwined aesthetic and conceptual frameworks: the impact of the environment on contemporary African life, and the use of found objects and appropriated materials as a recurring presence in current African art. Charting a wide range of ways that contemporary artists from Africa are responding to environmental conditions and their own situations to make art, Environment and Object includes sculpture, photography, painting and video by well-known artists from Africa and contemporary African artists living abroad.

The artists featured in Environment and Object • Recent African Art engage the environment in varied ways and display distinctly different approaches to the use of objects and media in their art making. Some artists in the exhibition focus on the interplay between natural resources, capitalism and colonialism, and their impact on life in Africa today. Decisively rejecting romanticized perceptions of Africa, they interrogate contemporary African conditions and their urban and natural landscapes as contested spaces of economic and political power, creating conceptually resonant images with an overt social critique. Other artists in the show employ strategies of accumulation and “recuperation,” drawing on objects present in their surroundings to create dense, poetically lyrical works that combine a love of abstraction with a commitment to the use of quotidian materials. The interdisciplinary implications of the art on view will underscore the range of ways environmental issues impact Africa, adding the frequently biting and provocative voices of these artists to scientific and political discourses on African nations, environments, and realities.

Environment and Object • Recent African Art is curated by Lisa Aronson, Associate Professor of Art History at Skidmore, and John Weber, Dayton Director of the Tang. The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue with new essays on a range of topics related to art and the environment and will be a valuable resource on the current generation of African contemporary artists.

Environment and Object • Recent African Art is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Getty Foundation, the Tadahisa Kuroda Exhibition Fund, the Virginia Gooch Puzak '44 Faculty Curatoria Endowment, Chief Oskar Ibru '81 and Chief Mrs. Wanda Swann Ibru '79, Institut Français and Friends of the Tang, with additional support from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Creative Thought Fund at Skidmore.

Environment and Object • Recent African Art will be on view at The Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University from September 9 through December 11, 2011 and the Middlebury College Museum of Art from January 26 through April 22, 2012. The exhibition will be available to tour through December 2012.

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Romuald Hazoumè, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
February 09 2011 to May 15 2011
Winner of the Arnold Bode Prize at documenta 12, Romuald Hazoumè is one of Africa’s leading visual artists. He has worked with a wide variety media throughout his career, from discarded petrol canisters, oil paint and canvas, to large-scale installation, video and photography.

The exhibition at IMMA focuses on his iconic sculptures made from discarded plastic canisters which resemble the primitive tribal masks that were so influential to the early Modernists, such as Picasso and Braque. The 40 works implicitly criticise the presence of multinational oil companies in West Africa where natural resources are exploited with no benefit to the local communities, a form of neo-colonialism that Hazoumè equates with an unending form of slavery. This is a point made in his major installation la Bouche du Roi, shown at the British Museum, London, during the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery in 2007. Hazoumè has exhibited widely in Europe and America, including the Menil Collection, Houston; the Museé Quai Branly, Paris; Guggenheim Bilbao; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Hazoumè was born in 1962 in the Republic of Benin, where he continues to live and work.

The exhibition is curated by Enrique Juncosa, Director of IMMA, and Seán Kissane, Head of Exhibitions, and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue published by IMMA with texts by Seán Kissane, Gerald Houghton, Yacouba Konate and André Magnin.

The exhibition is organised by IMMA and will travel to the Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales.

The exhibition is supported by Fondation Espace Afrique and the French Embassy.

L' Afrique à Paris - Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France
March 12 2011 to April 23 2011
Joel Andrianomearisoa, Romuald Hazoumè, Moshekwa Langa, Cameron Platter, Chéri Samba, Kura Shomali, Billie Zangewa

André Magnin et Eric Hussenot présentent une exposition réunissant sept artistes venus d’Afrique du Sud, du Bénin, du Congo démocratique et de Madagascar. La diversité des oeuvres de ces artistes est à l’image d’une Afrique plurielle qui construit, qui partage et qui invente. Bien que les oeuvres nous propulsent dans des univers inspirés des réalités du quotidien en Afrique, des croyances ou des rêves, elles postulent une lisibilité internationale.

Saturday 12th March - Saturday 23rd April
Saturday 12th March 17:00 - 19:00

galerie hussenot
5 bis, rue des Haudriettes
75003 Paris

Art Paris, Just Art! Grand Palais, Paris, France
March 31 2011 to April 03 2011
Afriques - André Magnin (Paris)

Romuald Hazoumè, My Paradise - Made in Porto Novo, Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany
June 06 2010 to October 17 2010
The work of the artist Romuald Hazoumè from Porto Novo in Benin, West Africa, bears testimony to the mutual longing of both Africans and Europeans for the supposed paradise of each other’s countries.

The exhibition at the Gerisch-Stiftung displays several acrylic paintings that take as their theme the ritual acts and symbols of the Fa oracle. Also featured are numerous photographic works that illustrate the everyday use in Benin of the object that is most important in his work, the petrol can. Masks that make use of petrol cans as objets-trouvés can also be seen as well as large-scale sculptures and installations, some specially produced for a park in Neumünster.

Africa? Una nuova storia, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy
November 18 2009 to January 16 2010
In this exhibition dedicated to contemporary African art, the Caac is showing works by 20 artists from the collection, including:

Amani Bodo • Pierre Bodo • Frédéric Bruly Bouabré • Demba Camara • Seni Awa Camara • Chéri Chérin • Calixte Dakpogan • Efiaimbelo • Gedewon • Romuald Hazoumé • Bodys Isek Kingelez • Samuel Kané Kwei • George Lilanga • Esther Mahlangu • Abu Bakarr Mansaray • Joshua Okorodomeke • Richard Onyango • Chéri Samba

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Persona. Ritual masks and contemporary art, Tervuren - Belgium
April 24 2009 to January 03 2010
Royal Museum for Central Africa
Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren (Belgium)

Romuald Hazoumé Made in Porto-Novo - London, UK
October 15 2009 to November 30 2009
MADE IN PORTO-NOVO, October Gallery, London, UK
(15 Oct- Through Nov 2009).

Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
September 24 2009 to October 25 2009
Works of the following Caac artists will be shown during the Moscow Biennale, at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, in the exhibiton entitled "Against Exclusion", curated by Jean Hubert Martin: Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Chéri Chérin, Romuald Hazoumé, Kané Kwei, Esther Mahlangu,Chéri Samba,Cyprien Tokoudagba.

Documenta XII
Kassel, Germany

Why Africa?
October 06 2007 to February 03 2008
Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli
Turin, Italy

100% Africa
October 12 2006 to February 18 2007
The Guggenheim Bilbao

July 16 2005 to September 04 2005
From traditional arts to the Jean Pigozzi contemporary collection
Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
July 16th to September 4th, 2005, Espace Ravel

African Art Now
January 29 2005 to June 05 2005
Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Upper Brown Pavilion
Photo: ©Tom Dubrock

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