Contemporary African Art Collection by Jean Pigozzi


Monaco Monte-Carlo Apagya-Philip-Kwame
Manhattan Apagya-Philip-Kwame
Background : Accra International Airport  -  Daniel A. Jasper in collaboration with Philip Kwame Apagya Apagya-Philip-Kwame
Come On Board ! Apagya-Philip-Kwame
Picking melons Apagya-Philip-Kwame
Akwaba Apagya-Philip-Kwame
L'Afrique des routes, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
from 01/31/17 to 11/12/17

Berceau de l’humanité, pourvoyeur de force de travail, d’or et de matières premières depuis des millénaires pour les autres continents, l’Afrique a une histoire inscrite dans la dynamique internationale. Panorama d’un continent au carrefour des mondes, à contre-courant des idées reçues.


L’Afrique, un continent sans Histoire ? Si les a priori ont la vie dure, les faits, eux, sont indéniables : les Africains n’ont jamais vécu dans l’isolement. Longtemps ignorés, les échanges panafricains et extra-africains ont pourtant débuté voici des millénaires, bien avant les indépendances, la colonisation et l’arrivée des premiers navires portugais au milieu du XVème siècle. En témoignent les sculptures, pièces d’orfèvrerie ou d’ivoire, peintures et autres objets présentés dans l’exposition L’Afrique des routes.

Gaëlle Beaujean, Responsable des collections Afrique au musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch, historienne spécialiste de l'Afrique et professeur émérite à l'Université Paris Diderot Paris 7

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
from 10/21/14 to 01/08/15
"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.

Festival des Arts Visuels de Vevey (Switzerland)
from 09/08/12 to 09/30/12

The Pigozzi collection is participating in "Images" at the Festival des Arts Visuels de Vevey by contributing works by Ghananian artist Philip Kwame Apagya. The festival is the first open-air photography festival of Switzerland. Every two years, it produces unseen monumental photography exhibitions in the streets of Vevey and also proposes numerous exhibitions in various regional institutions dedicated to the image.

In 2012, the artists whose work is to be displayed outside all have one thing in common: a certain use of decor in photographs by playing with the foreground and background of the image i.e. between the subject of the photo and what is behind it.

In "No Place Like Home"
Philip Kwame Apagya captures his subjects in front of original painted backgrounds so that they may be photographed in their ideal setting. These canvasses painted in rich colours with unashamed naivety, illustrate stylishly furnished interiors, aeroplanes on the tarmac, or gardens containing luxurious villas. The paintings allow the subject to be part of this illusion just during the time it takes to complete the photoshoot.


Quai Perdonnet, en face de l'Alimentarium

ARTS OF AFRICA, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
from 07/16/05 to 09/04/05

From traditional arts to the Jean Pigozzi contemporary collection

Unique and spectacular, scenographic writing by Ettore Sotssass

Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
July 16th to September 4th, 2005, Espace Ravel

African Art Now, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
from 01/29/05 to 06/05/05

Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection

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

Major, lavishly illustrated study of contemporary art being produced by the leading artists working in sub-Saharan Africa Painters, photographers, sculptors and installation artists are represented from nineteen countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Republic of Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Togo Artists include Frederic Bruly Bouabre, Seydou Keita, Samuel Kane Kwei, Cheri Samba and Malik Sidibe, among many others A rare glimpse into the latest currents in contemporary African art, showing how artists share an awareness of both local and global cultures, thereby acknowledging the complex heritage that African artists face today

Biography (EN - FR) / Exhibitions

Please note that the artworks shown on this website are not for sale.

At the Airport Apagya-Philip-Kwame
No Place Like Home Apagya-Philip-Kwame
White house Apagya-Philip-Kwame
Cyber Café Apagya-Philip-Kwame
Akwaba Apagya-Philip-Kwame

Art exhibitions featuring Philip Kwame Apagya - © 2010-2018 The Contemporary African Art Collection - Contact Caacart - Seydou Keita Photographer, the official website, new, click here