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Untitled (Mask) Mabunda-Goncalo
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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MAKING AFRICA Continent of Contemporary Design, Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands
from 10/01/16 to 01/15/17
Cyrus Kabiru, »Caribbean Sun«, 2012
image from the »C-Stunners« photography series, © Carl de Souza

This autumn the Kunsthal Rotterdam throws new light on contemporary African design. Making Africa presents work by more than 120 artists and designers. This young generation of thinkers and makers, with their experimental approach and fluent use of new media, introduces the world to a new vision of Africa. These creative minds often work at the same time in different disciplines and welcome the opportunity to break with existing conventions. ‘Making Africa’ provides a surprising, amusing and lively picture, with design in the widest sense of the word.




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MAKING AFRICA FESTIVAL
On Sunday 2 October there are various performances, workshops, guided tours, music, food and dance, including storytelling by the dramatist Ogutu Muraya, a fashion show by Lady Africa, and teasers for the Afrovibes Festival all day long.



Unter Waffen. Fire and Forget 2, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
from 09/09/16 to 01/08/17

Group show entitled 'Unter Waffen. Fire and Forget 2', Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, 9th September 2016 to January 8th 2017. Includes work by Jack Bell Gallery artist Gonçalo Mabunda.



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.

www.makingafrica.net


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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Lumières d'Afriques, Donwahi Foundation, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
from 04/27/16 to 06/06/16

The endowment African Artists for Development is pleased to announce the arrival of the exhibition Lumières d’Afriques in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) from the 27th of April 2016 at the Donwahi Foundation for Contemporary Art for a period of 6 weeks.

This unique collaboration between African Development Bank and African Artists for Development stresses once again AAD’s commitment to the development of the continent.

Lumières d’Afriques, which still benefits from its partners Orange, the Schneider Electric Foundation and Tilder, presents 54 artworks – paintings, photographs, installations, videos, sculptures – created by 54 contemporary African artists – one per country – around the theme “African Lights and Energies”

The exhibition, previously presented at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris from 4 to 24, is hence starting its world tour.

Where?
At the Donwahi Foundation, Boulevard des Martyrs, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Charles Donwahi Foundation for Contemporary Art created in February 2008, promotes development and diffusion activities in the field of Arts and Culture.


When?
From 27 April 2016.


1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York, USA
from 05/06/16 to 05/08/16
1:54 is a platform for galleries, artists, curators, art centres and museums involved in African and Africa related projects and aims to promote art by established and emerging talents amongst an international audience.

After a successful inaugural edition, Europe’s leading art fair dedicated to Contemporary African Art returns to New York from the 6-8th of May 2016.


1:54 New York 2015, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn
© Katrina Sorrentino


• A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent

• 1:54 New York 2016 will showcase 17 exhibitors, presenting over 60 African and African diasporan artists

1:54 NY 2016 is located in Red Hook, Brooklyn at:
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Opening Hours:
Friday 6 May, 12pm – 8pm
Saturday 7 May, 12pm – 8pm
Sunday 8 May, 12pm – 8pm

Admission:
Day ticket: $20 (tax included)
Concession day ticket: $10 (tax included)
Tickets will be available at the door, and online from April.


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.


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.


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.


Ici l’Afrique / Here Africa - L’Afrique contemporaine à travers le regard de ses artistes
from 05/08/14 to 07/06/14
ICI L’AFRIQUE / HERE AFRICA réunira pour la première fois en Suisse, une exposition d’art contemporain de plus de 25 artistes les plus significatifs du continent africain avec environ plus de 40 œuvres majeures, présentées sur les trois étages du Château de Penthes, à Genève, situé à côté du Palais des Nations Unies.
Les artistes et les réalisateurs* inclus dans l'exposition sont les suivants: Georges Adéagbo (Bénin), Omar Ba (Sénégal), Faouzi Bensaïdi* (Maroc), Filipe Branquinho (Mozambique), Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (Côte d’Ivoire), Edson Chagas (Angola), Romuald Hazoumé (Bénin), Pieter Hugo (Afrique du Sud), Adelita Husni-Bey (Libye), Nadia Kaabi-Linke (Tunisie), Gonçalo Mabunda (Mozambique), Mustafa Maluka (Afrique du Sud), Abu Bakarr Mansaray (Sierra Leone), J.D.’Okhai Ojeikere (Nigeria), Joshua Okoromodeke (Nigeria),Richard Onyango (Kenya), Idrissa Ouédraogo* (Burkina Faso), Chéri Samba (Congo), Sarkis & Guem & Perdrix* (France/Bénin), Zineb Sedira (Algérie), Malick Sidibé (Mali), Abderrahmane Sissako* (Mauritanie), Yinka Shonibare MBE (R.-U./Nigéria), Pascale Marthine Tayou (Cameroun), Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroun).

Vernissage 7 mai 2014 à 18h
8 mai – 6 juillet, 2014 Château de Penthes
Ch. de l’Impératrice, Genève-Pregny
Un projet de ART for The World, ONG associée au Département d’Information publique des Nations Unies
Commissaire générale Adelina von Fürstenberg



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