Contemporary African Art Collection by Jean Pigozzi


Aérozaïre Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
U.N. 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
Bodystate 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
Ville Fantôme (1996) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Ville Fantôme (1996) Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
from 12/09/16 to 04/22/17
This large-scale group exhibition presents art being made today in, or about, Africa, from an Afro-futurist perspective that challenges traditional divisions: fantasy, imagination and cosmology, usually associated with past mythology, are incarnated into science fiction and futurist representation. The various narratives span between colonialism and its ramifications to a re-examination of the African body, landscape and culture—through utterances that shatter the usual distinction between truth and fiction, between myth and science, between technology and spirituality.

Lilly & Yoel Moshe Elstein Multi-Purpose Gallery Herta and Paul Amir Building

Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, CCCB, Barcelona, Spain
from 03/23/16 to 08/28/16

Cyrus Kabiru, C-Stunners 2012. Caribbean Sun.
© Cyrus Kabiru. Foto: Miguel Luciano.

Making Africa has been co-produced by the Vitra Design Museum (where it was shown from 14 March to 13 September 2015) and the Guggenheim Bilbao (presented from 30 October to 21 February 2016), with the collaboration of Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

The exhibition showcases the work of over 120 African artists and creators and illustrates how design fuels economic and political changes. Making Africa speaks, from Africa, of a new continent “under construction” and places emphasis on its possibilities over its problems.

“Thinking about the future means thinking about our possibilities in the world. The future belongs to Africa, because it seems to have happened everywhere else already.”
Okwui Enwezor, Consulting Curator of Making Africa

The exhibition offers a new tale of Africa, an invitation to value the continent from a brand new perspective. Many of the major African capitals are seeing the consolidation of a generation that, around culture and through creation and design, is defending its right to build itself in freedom, without foreign tutelage and contradicting the stereotypes projected from the West.

A new generation of creators

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2050. A Brief History of the Future, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
from 03/23/16 to 05/29/16
The exhibition takes its name from the book with the same title by Jacques Attali, published in 2006,hypothesize the future of the world and our society. Previously presented at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, the group show relates to the issues discussed by Attali in eight stations and with about 50 works by international artists of contemporary art.
Produced by Comune di Milano Cultura, Palazzo Reale
Curated by Pierre-Yves Desaives and Jennifer Beauloye

Making Africa – Un continent du design contemporain, Guggenheim Bilbao, Espagne
from 10/30/15 to 02/21/16
L’exposition Making Africa–Un continent du design contemporain présente des travaux appartenant à un large éventail de domaines créatifs : design d’objets et de mobilier, arts graphiques, illustration, mode, architecture, urbanisme, art, artisanat, cinéma, photographie, sans compter l’approche numérique et analogique. Ces œuvres occupent, délibérément, cette zone grise existant entre les différentes disciplines et pourtant, elles nous fournissent des réponses concrètes à la question de ce que peut et doit apporter le design au XXIe siècle. Par exemple, ils découvrent de nouvelles possibilités dans l’usage des matériaux, mettent davantage l’accent sur le processus que sur le résultat et réalisent des déclarations audacieuses sur l’avenir.

2050 Une brève histoire de l'avenir, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Bruxelles
from 09/11/15 to 01/24/16
Peintures, sculptures, photographies, vidéos, installations et arts numériques : plus de 70 œuvres d’art contemporain interrogent notre avenir, à l’horizon 2050. L’exposition aux MRBAB aborde de grandes thématiques sociétales comme la surconsommation, les conflits mondiaux, la raréfaction des ressources naturelles, les inégalités sociales et économiques, la mutation de l’être humain. À ces thèmes complexes viennent se greffer des visions positives et constructives, parfois même teintées d’humour. Des artistes belges et internationaux comme Sugimoto, Boetti, Kingelez, Warhol, LaChapelle, Gursky, Op de Beeck, Yongliang, Turk, Alÿs, … nous invitent ainsi à (re)penser l’avenir.

Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko, Fondation Cartier, Paris
from 07/11/15 to 01/10/16
A place of extraordinary cultural vitality, the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be honored in the exhibition Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko presented at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain with André Magnin, Chief Curator.

Modern painting in the Congo in the 1920s
Taking as its point of departure the birth of modern painting in the Congo in the 1920s, this ambitious exhibition will trace almost a century of the country’s artistic production. While specifically focusing on painting, it will also include music, sculpture, photography, and comics, providing the public with the unique opportunity to discover the diverse and vibrant art scene of the region.

As early as the mid-1920s, when the Congo was still a Belgian colony, precursors such as Albert and Antoinette Lubaki and Djilatendo painted the first known Congolese works on paper, anticipating the development of modern and contemporary art. Figurative or geometric in style, their works represent village life, the natural world, dreams and legends with great poetry and imagination. Following World War II, the French painter Pierre Romain-Desfossés moved to the Congo and founded an art workshop called the Atelier du Hangar. In this workshop, active until the death of Desfossés in 1954, painters such as Bela Sara, Mwenze Kibwanga and
Pili Pili Mulongoy learned to freely exercize their imaginations, creating colorful and enchanting works in their own highly inventive and distinctive styles.

Popular painters
Twenty years later, the exhibition Art Partout, presented in Kinshasa in 1978, revealed to the public the painters Chéri Samba, Chéri Chérin, and Moke and other artists, many of whom are still active today. Fascinated by their urban environment and collective memory, they would call themselves “popular painters.” They developed a new approach to figurative painting, inspired by daily, political or social events that were easily recognizable by their fellow citizens. Papa Mfumu’eto, known for his independent prolific comic book production and distribution throughout Kinshasa in the 1990s, also explored daily life and common struggles throughout his work. Today younger artists like J.-P. Mika and Monsengo Shula, tuned-in to current events on a global scale, carry on the approach of their elders.

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.


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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

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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

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