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Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
from 04/26/17 to 09/04/17

Du 26 avril au 4 septembre 2017, la Fondation Louis Vuitton présente Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier.

L'exposition constitue un panorama de la création récente de l'Afrique subsaharienne à l'Afrique du sud à travers trois axes :

Les Initiés, un choix d’œuvres de la collection d’art africain de Jean Pigozzi (1989-2009)
Être là, Afrique du Sud, une scène contemporaine
L’Afrique dans la Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton


Les Initiés

L’exposition Les Initiés réunit une sélection d’œuvres de quinze artistes emblématiques de la collection d’art
contemporain africain de l’homme d’affaire Jean Pigozzi, présentée pour la première fois à Paris.

Dès 1989, Jean Pigozzi fait appel à André Magnin, qui va arpenter le continent africain pour constituer sa collection, à la rencontre d’artistes vivant et travaillant en Afrique subsaharienne. À une époque qui ne connaît ni téléphone portable, ni internet, il parvient à nouer de véritables liens avec des artistes locaux, dont il dévoile la liberté et l’originalité.

La détermination et l’engagement qui ont présidé à cette collection ont permis la constitution d’un fonds unique, aux partis pris affirmés, qui, dans sa diversité, témoigne de l’un des visages de la création contemporaine en Afrique, de 1989 à 2009.

Éclectique et libre, la collection Pigozzi ne privilégie aucun médium et vise à représenter chaque artiste par
des ensembles conséquents. Elle a révélé une scène jusqu’alors méconnue, lui permettant d’élargir son audience et sa résonnance internationale. Cette collection a ainsi joué un rôle prescripteur indéniable.



Les artistes de l’exposition, tous héritiers de savoirs spirituels, scientifiques et techniques, développent des mondes aux multiples expressions et supports. En ce sens, ce sont des « initiés ».

L’exposition, conçue par la direction artistique de la Fondation Louis Vuitton, a été réalisée en étroite collaboration avec Jean Pigozzi.


Commissaire général : Suzanne Pagé; Conseiller : André Magnin ; Commissaires : Angéline Scherf et Ludovic Delalande ; Scénographie : Marco Palmieri.

L’exposition est prolongée jusqu’au 4 septembre


L’Afrique en Capitale, Rabat, Maroc
from 03/28/17 to 04/28/17

Placé sous le Haut Patronage de Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI et dans le sillage du Discours Royal donné lors du 28ème sommet de l’Union Africaine, l’événement « L’Afrique en Capitale » constitue une première qui met l’art et les expressions contemporaines de l’Afrique à l’honneur.

Du 28 mars au 28 avril, Rabat, Ville Lumière, Capitale Marocaine de la Culture, accueille un mois d’intenses d’activités culturelles : 36 temps forts dans quelque 18 lieux offrant un riche programme gratuit et accessible à tous. Des expositions d’arts plastiques et d’objets du patrimoine, des concerts de musique et des projections de films, des conférences et d’art urbain, seront au rendez-vous, sous forme d’un véritable parcours de découverte.

Cette programmation, orchestrée par la Fondation Nationale des Musées, a été conçue en étroite coopération avec la majorité des opérateurs culturels et institutionnels de la capitale : Ministère de la Culture, Ministère de la Communication, Académie du Royaume du Maroc, Conseil national des droits de l’Homme, Université Mohammed V, Université internationale de Rabat, Agence marocaine de coopération internationale, Institut des Etudes Africaines, Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc, Théâtre national Mohammed V, Fondation ONA, Fondation CDG, Fondation Montresso, Fondation Hiba, Barid Al-Maghrib, Office National des Chemins de fer, Musée de Bank Al-Maghrib, Musée Mohammed VI d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Centre Cinématographique Marocain, Institut Supérieur des Métiers de l’Audiovisuel et du Cinéma, Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football.

Sous l’égide de la Fondation ONA, la Villa des Arts propose « Gaia à travers ses miroirs » : une exposition de peintures et d’installations où une sélection d’artistes (Ahmed Louardighi, Najia Mehadji, Abderrahim Yamou, Pierre Bodo, Jean Goba, Cheri Samba, Calixte Dakpogan, Gonzalo Mabundo, Fabrice Monteiro) représentent la terre dans tous ses états, pour lui rendre hommage et lui témoigner de leur lien fusionnel.

Le Musée Mohammed VI d’Art Moderne et Contemporain (MMVI) propose notamment l’exposition photo « Hommage », archives du souvenir de photographes récemment disparus : Malik Sidibé, « l’œil de Bamako », Leila Alaoui à travers sa collection « Les Marocains » et Othmane Dilami qui révèle avec la série « Les Musiciens de la transe » son très grand talent.

Fondation Nationale des Musées, institution coordinatrice de l’événement présidée par M. Mehdi Qotbi.
Commissaire général : M. Brahim El Mazned.



Essentiel Paysage, MACAAL (Musée d'Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden), Marrakech, Maroc
from 11/14/16 to 03/06/17

A l’occasion de la COP 22 qui se tient en novembre 2016 à Marrakech, la Fondation Alliances au Maroc présente l'exposition "Essentiel Paysage" mettant en valeur l’énergie créatrice actuelle du continent africain dans sa globalité géographique et sa diversité culturelle, mise au service des enjeux du développement durable.

L’exposition intitulée Essentiel Paysage rassemble une sélection d’artistes contemporains africains. Pour certains d’entre eux, leurs œuvres témoignent de leur ancrage dans un continent béni par la nature, soulignant l’interdépendance entre l’humain, l’animal et le végétal.

D’autres artistes portent un regard critique sur l’exploitation déraisonnable des ressources naturelles en Afrique et en dénoncent les effets délétères sur leur continent. Recourant à des métaphores visuelles ingénieuses, ces œuvres singulières, imaginatives ou savantes, donnent à voir avec lucidité un état d’esprit et un constat environnemental de l’Afrique d’aujourd’hui, tout en affirmant le désir d’y perpétuer une relation durable entre l’Homme et la Terre.



Essentiel Paysage” highlights the creative energy of the African continent in its geographical entirety and cultural diversity, through African artists current perception of nature and environment.
This exhibition brings together a selection of modern and contemporary African artists. Some of whom testify through their works to their anchoring in a continent that has been blessed by nature, underscoring the interdependence between humans, animals and plants. Others provide a critical perspective on the unsound utilization of natural resources in Africa and denounce its harmful effects. Using visual metaphors, these unique, imaginative or scholarly artworks present a kaleidoscopic picture of the current state of the environment.
It is a fact that nature plays a central role in modern African artistic and literary production. The very choice of the title of this exhibition, Essential landscape, taken from one of Aimé Césaire’s works, testifies to the importance attached by this poet to the imaginary world of nature and landscape, which he reinvested with the values of a postcolonial society in search of specific identity and modernity. The poet thus “claims to be of an essential Nature, and reappropriates a real or dream Africa, land of the origins, whose cosmogonies and myths of nature are evoked”. Today, many African artists have become aware of the need to preserve nature, this common good that is essential to life. In their own way, they have adopted an attitude shared by the international artists who have developed forms of art related to ecological-based issues. Their commitment is intended as a sensitive and aesthetic contribution to the debate on the globalized environmental challenges.


“Essentiel Paysage” is curated by Brahim Alaoui.

"Essentiel Paysage"
Une exposition conçue par Brahim Alaoui
MACAAL, Musée d'Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden
Marrakech, Maroc
14 Novembre 2016 - 6 mars 2017

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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.


Raw Vision : 25 ans d’Art Brut, Halle Saint Pierre, Paris
from 09/18/13 to 08/22/14
Halle Saint Pierre celebrates 25 years of Raw Vision, the first magazine published with the sole purpose of bringing outsider art to a wider audience with an exhibition of classical works, Art Brut, new discoveries, photos of extraordinary visionary environments and over 80 artists.

The works of CAAC artists Calixte Dakpogan and Agbagli Kossi will be on display.


Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions, Museu Picasso, Barcelona
from 03/06/14 to 06/29/14
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.


Reconfiguring an African Icon, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
from 03/08/11 to 08/21/11
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


África. Objetos y Sujetos, Teatro Fernán Gómez. Centro de Arte, Madrid, Spain
from 01/28/11 to 05/01/11
Un análisis antropológico de este continente enigmático a través del Arte.


Art Paris, Just Art! Grand Palais, Paris, France
from 03/31/11 to 04/03/11
Afriques - André Magnin (Paris)







AFRICA? Una nuova storia, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy
from 11/19/09 to 01/17/10


Roma.Africa? Una nuova storia: dal 19 novembre 2009 al 17 gennaio 2010 il Complesso del Vittoriano ospita per la prima volta nella capitale una grande mostra che vuole far conoscere larte contemporanea africana attraverso 80 opere tra dipinti, sculture, istallazioni, video di 30 artisti di diverse generazioni nati nei Paesi dellAfrica Sub-Sahariana. Lesposizione, a cura di André Magnin, è divisa in due sezioni: La Collezione Pigozzi di Arte Contemporanea Africana presenta le opere di artisti provenienti dalla celebre Collezione di Jean Pigozzi, il più importante collezionista di arte contemporanea africana; la sezione ArtistiAfricani è costituita dalle opere di artisti indicati da diverse Ambasciate di Paesi africani.

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Press articles: La Repubblica Roma, EventiaRoma.it, Global Project, Roma Beni Culturali, Eclipse Magazine, Cultura Italia, UnDo.Net, Cultura Lazio

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In this exhibition dedicated to contemporary African art, the Caac is showing works by 20 artists from the collection


Why Africa? Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy
from 10/06/07 to 02/03/08


THE PIGOZZI COLLECTION
6 October 2007 – 3 February 2008
curated by André Magnin

The Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli is pleased to present Why Africa? The Pigozzi collection, as part of its new cultural programme dedicated to art collections.

The exhibition is having its Italian première, curated by André Magnin, Artistic Director of Contemporary African Art Collection (the Pigozzi collection), the world’s most important collection of contemporary African art.

Created in 1989 by the joint efforts of Jean Pigozzi and André Magnin, who was deputy curator of the exhibition Les Magiciens de la Terre being held at the Pompidou Centre at the time, the collection is constantly evolving with the addition of works by artists of various generations from sub-Saharian Africa. It maintains strong links with the artists it supports, giving them visibility and recognition on the international art scene, and this was confirmed this year when the 52nd International Venice Biennale awarded a Golden Lion for lifetime achievements to 72 year old photographer Malick Sidibé, because no one is worthier than him to receive this honour (Robert Storr).

Jean Pigozzi reveals his passion and obsession for African art in about one hundred works selected from the collection, several of which have never been exhibited before. The exhibition includes drawings, paintings, sculpture, photographs, installations and site specific works as the one conceived by the South -African artist Esther Mahlangu for the new Fiat 500.

The great wealth of African contemporary artistic output is presented through the work of several artists -Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Chéri Samba and Malick Sidibé, George Lilanga and Keita Seydou, precursors of contemporary African art who died recently – who overcame the stereotype of folklore and decorative art of the postcolonial period and forged links with Western art, developing their own autonomous language.

The majority of these artists produce works that are figurative or inspired by current topics, depicting a reality that is both local and global.

One of the most obvious constants is the deep bond with the territory: the artists address the territory first and foremost, and they work with what is familiar to them; their art is inclusive, rooted in history and against division. Art that comes from the people, addresses the people and returns to the people, in the words of André Magnin.

The exhibition will be presented in a special setting created by Ettore Sottsass and Marco Palmieri.

A number of conferences and meetings and a film screening dedicated to Africa will be organised during the exhibition, supporting by ERSEL.

The guide to the exhibition has been realized by Fabrica, Benetton research centre on communications. Created to lead the visitor through the ‘itinerary’ of the show, the guide offers an insight to the artists and their work.



100% Africa, The Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
from 10/12/06 to 02/18/07

This exhibition presents 25 contemporary African artists who live and work in sub-Saharan Africa. Painters, draftsmen, photographers, sculptors, and video artists from several generations are featured, including artists of international renown like portrait artist Seydou Keïta, painters Chéri Samba, George Lilanga, and Richard Onyango, the encyclopedist and universalist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, the unclassifiable Bodys Isek Kingelez and Romuald Hazoumé, as well as younger, highly promising artists such as Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Titos Mabota, Pathy Tshindele, and Calixte Dakpogan, in an installation by leading Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and by Marco Palmieri, a prominent member of Sottsass’s team.



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




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