Contemporary African Art Collection by Jean Pigozzi


Aérozaïre Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
U.N. Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Zaïre  Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Zaïre  Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Zaïre Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Mongolie Soviétique  Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Mongolie Soviétique Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Mongolie Soviétique  Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Bodystand Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Bodysstade Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Kimbembele Ihunga Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Kimbembele Ihunga Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Kinshasa la Belle 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
New Manhattan (Manhattan City 3021) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
New Manhattan (Manhattan City 3021) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Ville Fantôme Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Ville Fantôme (1996) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Ville Fantôme (1996) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
AFRIKA, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
from 06/25/15 to 10/25/15
The exhibition presents a number of striking impressions and living traditions from the African continent and it takes place at the intersection of architecture, contemporary art and culture. Louisiana’s architecture exhibitions are never simply about building construction and aesthetics, but are rather about society, about the defining, interpreting and transforming type of intervention that architecture contributes to both the physical and mental spaces that constitute our social communities. An architecture exhibition at Louisiana concerns the life we live, the life that others live, and the life we could live.

The work of Bodys Isek Kingelez will be exhibited.

Making Africa : A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
from 03/14/15 to 09/13/15
This major exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum sheds new light on contemporary design in Africa. On the basis of a wide variety of examples, »Making Africa« shows how design is accompanying – and even promoting – economic and political change on the continent and engaging in a close dialogue with related disciplines, such as the fine arts, graphic design, illustration, film, photography, architecture and urban planning.

(im)possible! Artists as Architects, Marta Herford (Gehry galleries), Herford, Germany
from 02/21/15 to 05/31/15
Marta Herford is a living example of how architects sometimes think of their buildings as sculptures. But what happens when this perspective is reversed, when artists engage with architecture?

In the Marta anniversary year we will be taking a completely new look at these interconnections: can artists as archi-tects be more innovative, radical, provocative when they do not have to worry about building regulations, economic feasibility and investor wishes?

Dreams of (im)possible rooms, drawings of utopian city designs, walk-in space constructions and fictive museums are just some of the fascinating results of such a role reversal. The exhibition presents the whole diversity of artistic border-crossings, and gives several examples taking a look back over the 20th century and thus the beginnings of this intensive exchange of spatial ideas and questions.

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.

Vivid Memories, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
from 05/10/14 to 09/21/14
On May 10, 2014, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will launch its thirtieth anniversary celebration and invites the public to discover Vivid Memories, the first exhibition of this exceptional year. In perpetual motion for five months, this exhibition brings together the community of artists with which the Fondation Cartier has built a history as a pioneer patron of the arts.

Works by CAAC artists Chéri Samba and Bodys Isek Kingelez return to the Fondation Cartier for the celebration.

The Alternative Guide to the Universe, Hayward Gallery
from 06/11/13 to 08/26/13
The CAAC is contributing works by Bodys Isek Kingelez to the Hayward Gallery's exhibition "The Alternative Guide to the Universe".

This exhibition surveys the work of individuals who create alternatives in art, science and architecture.

The exhibition is focused on self-taught practitioners whose work is generally produced outside of established channels and official institutions.

The Alternative Guide to the Universe features a range of contributors from fringe physicists to the inventors of new languages, from artists who map cities of the future to others who design imaginary technologies.

Inspiringly original and bracingly eccentric, their work re-imagines our social and cultural conventions in ways that fearlessly depart from accepted ways of thinking.

Taken together, it conjures a kind of a parallel universe where ingenuity and inventiveness trump common sense and received wisdom.

Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Netherlands
from 01/29/12 to 05/06/12
As early as 1846, the Vlisco company, based in Helmond, served the West African market with Dutch Wax textiles. From 29 January through 6 May, 2012, the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem will present Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design, an exhibition about how Vlisco’s Dutch textiles became a part of various West African cultures and found their way into international fashion, the visual arts, and photography. The exhibition Six Yards is a tribute to Vlisco textiles: over a hundred years old, born in Indonesia, designed in the Netherlands, loved in Africa, and desired in the West. These colourful fabrics make their way to fashion shows in Paris, the markets in Ghana, and galleries in London and New York. The exhibition Six Yards focuses on all the relevant angles, from their presence and meaning in the work of artist Yinka Shonibare, to the stories in the oral tradition that have come from the fabrics. The works of artists Bodys Isek Kingelez and Seydou Keïta will be featured.

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.

''Mondes inventés, Mondes habités'', MUDAM, Luxembourg
from 10/08/11 to 01/15/12

Mondes inventés, Mondes habités (“Invented Worlds, Inhabited Worlds”) unveils the singularity of universes developed by artists who are in turn thinkers, engineers and architects investigating the forces and flux that control and make up our universe, as well as the dynamics that animate it. Attentive to the mechanics of the world, sensitive to its potential energy, as well as to the streams of thought which irrigate it and define it, their work tackles questions of a scientific and metaphysical nature. Thus, these often complex artworks reveal the beauty of forces in action, as in the case of Conrad Shawcross and Miguel Palma, or are inspired by artworks such as “Bridges” by Chris Burden. Others, like Isa Melsheimer, are interested in architecture as a means of developing ideas about the space we inhabit, the conception we have of it but also its instability. Finally, some (such as David Altmejd) play on materials, whether mineral or organic, recreating fantasmagorical worlds.

Marie-Noëlle Farcy
Clément Minighetti

Mudam Luxembourg
3, Park Dräi Eechelen
L-1499 Luxembourg

JAPANCONGO, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
from 07/08/11 to 08/20/11
German artist Carsten Höller has created JapanCongo, an exhibition featuring works from the art collection of Jean Pigozzi.

The exhibit brings together the world of African and Japanese art under one roof. Fifteen Congolese artists will be displayed including the talents of Peter Bodo, Chéri Samba, Pathy Tshindele, Jean Depara, Cheik Ledy and Bodys Isek Kingelez. An equal number of Japanese artists will also be displayed with works from Natsumi Nagao, Nobuyoshi Araki, Akihiro Higuchi, Kazuna Taguchi, Kaneuji Teppei, Hiroki Tsukuda and Keiichi Tanaami.

JapanCongo was first exhibited in France at Le Magasin in Grenoble. It will travel to Russia at The Garage - Center for Contemporary Culture of Moscow in summer 2011.


Garage Center of Contemporary Culture
19A Ulitsa Obraztsova
T (+7 495) 645-05-20

JAPANCONGO: Carsten Höllerʼs double-take on Jean Pigozziʼs collection, Magasin, Grenoble, France
from 02/06/11 to 04/24/11
German artist Carsten Höller has created JapanCongo, an exhibition featuring works from the art collection of Jean Pigozzi.

The exhibit brings together the world of African and Japanese art under one roof. Fifteen Congolese artists will be displayed including the talents of Peter Bodo, Chéri Samba, Pathy Tshindele, Jean Depara, Cheik Ledy and Bodys Isek Kingelez. An equal number of Japanese artists will also be displayed with works from Natsumi Nagao, Nobuyoshi Araki, Akihiro Higuchi, Kazuna Taguchi, Kaneuji Teppei, Hiroki Tsukuda and Keiichi Tanaami.

JapanCongo opens in France at Le Magasin - Centre National d'Art Contemporain in Grenoble, from February 6th to April 24th 2011. Then it will travel to Russia at The Garage - Center for Contemporary Culture of Moscow in June 2011 and Italy at the Palazzo Reale - CIMAC of Milan in September 2011.

Curator: Carsten Höller
Venue: CNAC - Le Magasin
Centre National d Art Contemporain
Site Bouchayer-Viallet,
155, cours Berriat
F-38000 Grenoble
Tel: 04 76 21 95 84
Fax: 04 76 21 24 22

Dreamlands, Pompidou Center, Paris, featuring Bodys Isek Kingelez amazing model city
from 05/05/10 to 08/09/10
Présentée dans la grande galerie du Centre Pompidou du 5 mai au 9 août 2010, l'exposition Dreamlands développe un propos inédit : montrer comment les modèles de foires internationales, d'expositions universelles et de parcs de loisirs ont influencé la conception de la ville et de ses usages.
Démultipliant la réalité par la pratique de la copie, jouant d'une esthétique de l'accumulation et du collage souvent proche du kitsch, ces mondes clos et parallèles ont en effet inspiré les démarches artistiques, architecturales et urbanistiques au XXe siècle, au point de s'ériger en possible norme de certaines constructions contemporaines.

Africa? Una nuova storia, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy
from 11/18/09 to 01/16/10
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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Less is less, more is more, that's all
from 06/14/08 to 09/14/08
CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux

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

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

from 07/16/05 to 09/04/05
From traditional arts to the Jean Pigozzi contemporary collection
Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
July 16th to September 4th, 2005, Espace Ravel

African Art Now
from 01/29/05 to 06/05/05
Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection

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

Perspectives145: Bodys Isek Kingelez
from 01/29/05 to 05/01/05
Contemporary Art Museum, Houston

Documenta XI
from 06/08/02 to 09/15/02
Kassel, Germany
June 8 - September 15, 2002

Biography (EN - FR) / Exhibitions

Please note that the artworks shown on this website are not for sale.
Ville Fantôme (1996) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Ville Fantôme (1996) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Kimbembele Ihunga (1994) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Magrehb Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
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
Ville Fantôme Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Bodysstade Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Papillon de Mer Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Mundial Isek Sport  Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Mundial Isek Sport Kingelez-Bodys-Isek


Art exhibitions featuring Bodys Isek Kingelez

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