Contemporary African Art Collection by Jean Pigozzi


Hors bord Yamaha Kane-Kwei-Samuel
Rabot Kane-Kwei-Samuel
Truelle Kane-Kwei-Samuel
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.

Postmodernism, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
from 09/24/11 to 01/15/12
Of all movements in art and design history, postmodernism is perhaps the most controversial. This era defies definition, but it is a perfect subject for an exhibition. Postmodernism was an unstable mix of the theatrical and theoretical. It was visually thrilling, a multifaceted style that ranged from the colourful to the ruinous, the ludicrous to the luxurious.

What does postmodernism mean, and where did it come from? The V&A will explore these questions in the exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990.

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.


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


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

3 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia
from 09/25/09 to 11/01/09

Garage was proud to host the Third Moscow Biennale: Against Exclusion by French curator Jean-Hubert Martin and Commissioner of the Moscow Biennale Joseph Backstein.

The show brought together over seventy international artists to illustrate the process of globalisation and national self-identification. It explored the idea that ‘it is no longer possible to live in isolation, ignoring your neighbors’ in today’s globalized world, as artists also drew on aesthetic and cultural references from different countries for their work, they could also be seen to share themes. Shared references and themes could be seen in the drawings of the African artist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, as he told the myths of his tribe, the lubok pictures by the Ukrainian artist Stas Volyazlovsky and work by the Russian outsider artist Alexander Lobanov. All their work at Against Exclusion, explored variations on the theme of identity. Identity connected to national, social, gender, racial, ethnic, ecological, and political themes were also explored in the work of Marina Abramović, Vik Muniz, Pavel Pepperstein, Yinka Shonibare. Other artists examined the evolution of form within art through the work of Anish Kapoor, Tony Cragg, Dmitry Gutov, Heinz Mack and Markus Raetz.

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.

Less is less, more is more, that's all ! CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France
from 06/14/08 to 09/14/08

Parallel to the Présence Panchounette exhibition, the CAPC presents in the space of the nave several generations of artists who share with them a collective vision, a “chounette” spirit, being: the challenge of the notion of authorship and style, the decorative becoming inevitable for any artefact, the domestic, the poorly done, the redefinition of the notion of kitsch “with a class consciousness”, propaganda, rumours, embarrassing strategies etc.


Less is Less, More is More, that’s all s’interroge sur l’objet aculturé, répondant à la première exposition rétrospective de Présence Panchounette (2008)

Parallèlement à l’exposition Présence Panchounette dans la ville de Bordeaux, le Capc présente plusieurs générations d’artistes qui partagent avec ce collectif la remise en cause de la notion d’auteur et de style, le mal-fait, le kitsch et l’idée de devenir décoratif de l’art.


Artists: John Ahearn, John Armeleder, Art & Language, BANK, Guillaume Bijl, Xavier Boussiron, Buy Sellf, Valentin Carron, Maurizio Cattelan, Jacques Charlier, A Constructed World, Jeremy Deller, Wim Delvoye, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Fischli & Weiss, Sylvie Fleury, Claire Fontaine, General Idea, Group Material, François Hers, International Situationnistes, Jim Isermann, Edward Kienholz, Karen Kilimnik, Jeff Koons, Samuel Kane Kwei, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Bertrand Lavier, Paul Mc Carthy, Alessandro Mendini, Gianni Motti, Jim Shaw, Société Perpendiculaire, Gitte Schäfer, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Haim Steinbach, Rosemarie Trockel, Jeffrey Vallance, Patrick Van Caeckenberg, Lily Van der Stokker, Gil Wolman... and many more!

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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