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Ville Fantôme Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Ville Fantôme Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Ville Fantôme (detail) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Ville Fantôme (detail) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Ville Fantôme (detail) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Ville Fantôme (detail) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Ville Fantôme (detail) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Bodystate Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Bodystate (detail) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Kimbembele Ihunga Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Kimbembele Ihunga (detail) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Aéromode Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Max Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Papitheca (Project for a National library) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Prince des Océans Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Bodystand Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
New Manhattan (Manhattan City 3021) (detail) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
New Manhattan (Manhattan City 3021) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
U.N. Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Aérozaïre Kingelez-Bodys-Isek

Bodys Isek Kingelez

Born 1948, Kimbembele Ihunga, Belgian Congo.
Died 2015, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

In the hands of Bodys Isek Kingelez, the African metropolis becomes an urban utopia. After graduating from secondary school, Kingelez made Kinshasa his home in 1970. Over the next seven years he studied part time, supporting himself through teaching. During these years, Kinshasa had become a sprawling, chaotic, anarchic city that was falling apart. Kingelez, highly aware of this, dedicated himself aesthetically, politically, and poetically to questioning the human condition, and after 1977, he began to experiment with assembling fantastic structures that offered a redemptive vision for the city. Since 1985, Kingelez has dedicated himself entirely to what he calls “Architectural Modelism.” For Kingelez, this project is one of regeneration; he has stated, “Art is superior knowledge, a vehicle for individual renewal in improving the general well-being.”

He has created hundreds of models from found materials in which paper, cardboard, and plastic are used to construct the present, the future, and the hopes of an African renewal. After 1992, he started imagining entire cities. These colossal works are made up of buildings—some playful, some imposing, some utterly fantastic—that are incorporated into a carefully conceived urban grid. Avenues, parks, waterways, stadiums, and monuments are also part of Kingelez’s meticulous vision. Together these elements fulfill all the functions of an ideal metropolis that the artist would like to see built. His first city was called Kimbembele Ihunga, to honour his native village, his dead father and his mother, who still lives there. About these works—Ville Fantôme (1995), Kinshasa: Project for the Third Millennium (1997), the City of the Future (2000), he noted: “I wanted my art to serve the community that is being reborn to create a new world, because the pleasures of our earthly world depend on the people who live in it. I created these cities so there would be lasting peace, justice and universal freedom. They will function like small secular states with their own political structure, and will not need policemen or an army.”

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2005
Perspectives 145 : Bodys Isek Kingelez
Nina and Michael Zilkha Gallery, Contemporary Arts Museum
Houston - USA

2003
Bodys Isek Kingelez
Centre culturel Wolu-Culture, La Médiatine
Bruxelles - Belgique

2002
Bodys Isek Kingelez
Munich Villa Stuck, Germany.
Curator : André Magnin, Yilmar Dziewior.

2000-2001
Bodys Isek Kingelez
Kunstverein Hambourg, Germany.
Curator : André Magnin, Yilmar Dziewior.

1996
D'autres Ajouts d'Eté
Bodys Isek Kingelez
MAMCO Contemporary and Modern Art Museum
Geneva, Switzerland.

1995
Bodys Isek Kingelez
Cartier Fondation for Contemporary Art
Paris, France. Curator : André Magnin.

1992
Bodys Isek Kingelez
Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Berlin, Germany.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, CCCB, Barcelona, Spain

2015/2016
2050 Une brève histoire de l'avenir
2016 - Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
2015 - Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels

2015
Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France

2015
Making Africa : A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

2015
AFRIKA, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

2015
(im)possible! Artists as Architects, Marta Herford (Gehry galleries), Herford, Germany

2014
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

2014
Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE.

2013
The Alternative Guide to the Universe, Hayward Gallery, London UK

2012
Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Netherlands

2011/2012
Mondes inventés, Mondes habités, MUDAM, Luxembourg

2012
Postmodernism, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

2011
JapanCongo
Magasin Grenoble, France

2010
Dreamlands, Pompidou Center, Paris, featuring Bodys Isek Kingelez's amazing model city "Ville Fantôme"

2010
African Stories
Marrakech Art Fair, Marrakech

2009/2010
Africa? Una nuova storia
Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy

2007/2008
Why Africa?
Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli
Turin, Italy

2006/2007
100% Africa
Guggenheim Museum
Bilbao, Spain

2006
Aller / retour. L’Afrique
La Casa Encendida
Madrid - Spain

2005
Arts of Africa
Grimaldi Forum
Monaco - France

2005
African Art Now : Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection
Museum of Fine Art Houston
Houston - USA

2004/2005
Arti & Architettura 1900/2000
Genova Palazzo Ducale
Genoa - Italy

2004 (travelling exhibition)
Africa Remix
Art contemporain d’un continent

* 24 July 2004 – 7 Nov 2004
Museum Kunst Palast
Düsseldorf - Germany
* 10 Feb 2005 – 17 April 2005
Hayward Gallery
London – England
* 15 May 2005 – 20 Aug 2005
Centre Georges Pompidou
Paris – France
* Feb – May 2006
Mori Art Museum
Tokyo

2004
Je m’installe aux abattoirs
La collection d’art contemporain d’agnès b.
Les Abattoirs
Toulouse - France

2004
Les Afriques
Tri Postal
Lille – France

2003
The American Effect
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York – USA

2003
Transferts
Palais des Beaux Arts
Brussels - Belgium

2003
Transferts
Centre d’art contemporain de Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
Bruxelles – Belgique

2002 – 2003
Afrikanische Reklamekunst (L’art et la pub en Afrique)
Iwalewa-Haus, Universität Bayreuth
Bayreuth - Germany

2002
Documenta XI
Kassel, Germany.
2002
Sao-Paulo Biennal
Sao-Paulo, Brazil.

2001
Bodys Isek Kingelez
Ludwig Museum.
Cologne, Germany.

2000
Musée International des Arts Modestes.
Sète, France.

2000
Sydney Biennal.
Sydney, Australia.2000
Vision du Futur
Grand Palais.
Paris, France.

2000
Zeitwenden
Kunsterhaus.Vienna, Austria.

1999
Zeitwenden
Kunstmuseum Bonn
Bonn, Germany.

1999
Art-Worlds in Dialogue
Ludwig Museum
Cologne, Germany.

1999
1 Monde Réel
Cartier Fondation for Contemporary Art.
Paris, France.

1999
The 1999 Carnegie International
Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh, USA.

1998
Unfinished Story
Walker Art Center.
Minneapolis, USA.
Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago. Chicago, USA.

1998
Africa Africa
Tobu Museum of Art.
Tokyo, Japan.

1997
Africus, Johannesburg Biennal.
Johannesburg, South-Africa.

1997
Projects 59 : Architecture as Metaphor
Museum of Modern Art
New York, USA.

1997
Kwangju Biennal.
Unmapping the Earth, "Becoming"
Kwangju, South-Korea.

1996
Wall and Space. Reality and Utopia.
Bodys Isek Kingelez Architectural Visions.
Oksnehallen
Copenhagen, Denmark.

1996
Neue Kunst Aus Africa
Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt
Berlin, Germany.

1995
Big City
Serpentine Gallery
London, Great-Britain.
Curator : André Magnin.

1993
Home and the World Architectural Sculpture by two African Artists
The Museum for African Art
New York, USA.

1992
Out of Africa
Saatchi Gallery,
London, Great Britain.
Curator : André Magnin.

1991-1992
Africa Hoy-Africa Now
Moderno Art Center, Las Palmas Gran Canary Island, Spain.
Groningen Museum, Netherland.
Contemporary Art Center. Mexico City, Mexico.
Curator : André Magnin.

1989
Magiciens de la Terre
Georges Pompidou Center
La Grande Halle de la Villette.
Paris, France.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015
Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko, Fondation Cartier, Exhibition catalogue

2015
Amelie Klein, Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum catalogue, pg. 202

2015
2050. Une brève histoire de l'avenir, Exhibition catalogue, Musées des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Editions Snoek

2014
Ma première histoire de l'art, Béatrice Fontanel, Editions Palette, pg 114.

2014
Mémoires Vives, 30 ans Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Exhibition catalogue, Fondation Cartier

2014
Hohe Luft Magazine, Issue 4/2014, pgs 70-1.

2012
Skycraper : Art and Architecture Against Gravity Michael Darling, Joanna Szupinska
Publié à l'occasion de l'exposition "Skycraper : Art and Architecture Against Gravity" au Musée d'Art Contemporain de Chicago.Préface de Madeleine Grynsztejn. Commissaires : Michael Darling, Joanna Szupinska. 112 pages -21 x 34 cm. Editions MCA Chicago, Août 2012. Relié

2011/2012
Postmodernism, Style and Subversion, 1970-1990, Exhibition catalogue, Victoria & Albert Museum, edited by Glenn Adamson and Jane Pavitt, page 93

2010
Dreamlands, des parcs d'attraction aux cités du futur
Exhibition catalogue. Page 132-133 Published by Editions Centre Pompidou.

2009
Utopias
Edited by Richard Noble. Published by Whitechapel Hallery Ventures & The MIT Press.

2009
Africa? una nuova storia
Exhibition catalogue, published by Gangemi Editore
The Global Art World
Edited by Hans Belting & Andrea Buddensieg.

2008
Jahresting 49, Herausgegeben im Auftrag des Kulturkreises des Deutschen Wirtschaft, Der Hund ist fûr die Hyane eine Kolanuss, Zeitgenössische Kunst und Kultur aus Afrika. K ̈ln Skulptur“, Aufzeichnungen des künstlers, texte : Bodys Isek Kingelez, Köln.Phantasie und Forschergeist, Mit Kindren kûnstlerische Wege entdecken, auteur : Thomas Heyl, Kôsel-Verlag, 2008, Munich.

2007
Atlas de l'art contemporain à l'usage de tous
Denis Gielen, préface de Laurent Busine
Musée des Arts Contemporains au Grand-Hornu

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
Art Works : Place
By Tacita Dean & Jeremy Millar. Published by Thames & Hudson.

2005
Perspectives 145: Bodys Isek Kingelez
Exhibition catalogue. Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.

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.

2004
Africa Remix
Exhibition catalogue. Published by Hatje Cantz.

2003
FILM “Kingelez: Kinshasa, une ville repensée…”
Un film de Dirk Dumon. Production : Piksa. 29’40” mins.

2003
Gagarin, seventh edition
Livre exclusivement sur des textes originaux des artistes. Maquettes d’art post-modes, pg 68. Editions GAGAvzw pour le « Municipal Academy of Fine Arts of Waasmunster »

2003
The American Effect
Global Perspectives on the United States, 1990-2003
P. 45 – 47. Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, USA
Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, Inc, new York.

2003
Transferts
Africalia en collaboration avec le Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles, Belgique.

2003
Bodys Isek Kingelez
Catalogue d’exposition à la Médiatine, Bruxelles - Belgique. Textes par André Magnin. Edition : Wolu-Culture, Centre culturel de Woluwe-Saint-Lambert.

2002
Documenta 11_Platform 5
Exhibition Catalogue. Editions Hatje Cantz.

2000-2001
Bodys Isek Kingelez
Kunstverein in Hamburg.
Texts in German, French and English by Bodys Isek Kingelez, André Magnin, Okwui Enwezor
Yilmaz Dziewior. Editor : Hatje Cantz.

2000
Kunst-Welten im Dialog Von Gaugin zur Globalen Gegenwart
Global Art Rheinland 2000 Museum Ludwig Cologne.
Edition Dumont. -Kingelez, texts: André Magnin.

1999
CARNEGIE INTERNETIONAL
Pittsburgh Carnegie Museum of art Pennsylvania -Kingelez : Ville Fantôme 1996
Exhibition catalogue.
Novembre 1999-Mars 2000
Kunst Museum Bonn Zeitwenden ausblich
Global Art Rheinland 2000 -Edition : Dumont.
Bodys Isek Kingelez p.166 - p.169. Texts : André Magnin.

1997
Reading the contemporary
African Art from Theory to the Market place
1999 -IVA. Institut of International Visual Art. -Bodys Isek Kingelez.

1996
Unmapping the Earth
97 Kwangu Biennale
Becoming Bodys I. Kingelez p. 414 - p.415, biography p.473.

1996
Art & Design N°50
Art & The City, A dream of Urbanity
"Bodys Isek Kingelez : Kimbeville - City of Tomorrow"
Pages 32-35.

1995
Contemporary Art of Africa
Bodys Isek Kingelez by Ettore Sottsass, p.170-174
Edited by André Magnin with Jacques Soulillou -
Published by Harry N. Abraams.

1995
Bodys Isek Kingelez
Exhibition catalogue
by André Magnin
Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris.

1991/1992
Africahoy Africa Now
Gran Canary Island, Las Palmas Spain.
Groningen, Holland.
Atlantic Center of Modern Art, Mexico
Exhibition catalogue, bilingual texts: Spanish, French.

1989
Magiciens de le terre
Georges Pompidou Center.
Paris, France.

Biography (EN - FR) / Exhibitions

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Cana Dry Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Jamaïca Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Réveillon Fédéral Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Industria da Pharmacia Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Hôtel Marie Jeanne Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Simca Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Air Force Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Palais Hiroschima Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Bodys City Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Étoile Rouge Congolaise Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Barcelone Post Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Orient Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Papillon de Mer Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Mundial Isek Sport  Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Mundial Isek Sport Kingelez-Bodys-Isek


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