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Utex Arica Oye Moke-
Concurrence pour une femme Moke-
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Maman Moziki 100 Kilos Moke-
Skol Primus Moke-
Le jeune premier Moke-
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BONNE SANTE POUR TOUT LE MONDE Moke-
LA JOIE A KINSHASA Moke-
Mon mari est capable, il m'habille bien toute nouveauté des pagnes en cours Moke-
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Mais quoi peindre ?   Tryptique I Moke-
Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
from 04/26/17 to 09/04/17

Du 26 avril au 4 septembre 2017, la Fondation Louis Vuitton présente Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier.

L'exposition constitue un panorama de la création récente de l'Afrique subsaharienne à l'Afrique du sud à travers trois axes :

Les Initiés, un choix d’œuvres de la collection d’art africain de Jean Pigozzi (1989-2009)
Take a virtual tour of the exhibition here/ Visite virtuelle de l'exposition ici

Être là, Afrique du Sud, une scène contemporaine
L’Afrique dans la Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton


Les Initiés

L’exposition Les Initiés réunit une sélection d’œuvres de quinze artistes emblématiques de la collection d’art
contemporain africain de l’homme d’affaire Jean Pigozzi, présentée pour la première fois à Paris.

Dès 1989, Jean Pigozzi fait appel à André Magnin, qui va arpenter le continent africain pour constituer sa collection, à la rencontre d’artistes vivant et travaillant en Afrique subsaharienne. À une époque qui ne connaît ni téléphone portable, ni internet, il parvient à nouer de véritables liens avec des artistes locaux, dont il dévoile la liberté et l’originalité.

La détermination et l’engagement qui ont présidé à cette collection ont permis la constitution d’un fonds unique, aux partis pris affirmés, qui, dans sa diversité, témoigne de l’un des visages de la création contemporaine en Afrique, de 1989 à 2009.

Éclectique et libre, la collection Pigozzi ne privilégie aucun médium et vise à représenter chaque artiste par
des ensembles conséquents. Elle a révélé une scène jusqu’alors méconnue, lui permettant d’élargir son audience et sa résonnance internationale. Cette collection a ainsi joué un rôle prescripteur indéniable.



Les artistes de l’exposition, tous héritiers de savoirs spirituels, scientifiques et techniques, développent des mondes aux multiples expressions et supports. En ce sens, ce sont des « initiés ».

L’exposition, conçue par la direction artistique de la Fondation Louis Vuitton, a été réalisée en étroite collaboration avec Jean Pigozzi.


Commissaire général : Suzanne Pagé; Conseiller : André Magnin ; Commissaires : Angéline Scherf et Ludovic Delalande ; Scénographie : Marco Palmieri.

L’exposition est prolongée jusqu’au 4 septembre


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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The Great Animal Orchestra, Fondation Cartier Paris, France
from 07/02/16 to 01/08/17

From July 2, 2016 to January 8, 2017, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is pleased to present The Great Animal Orchestra, inspired by the work of American musician and bioacoustician, Bernie Krause. The exhibition brings together the work of artists from all over the world and invites the public to enjoy an aesthetic meditation, both aural and visual, on the animal kingdom, which is increasingly under threat in today’s modern world.

With Pierre Bodo, Gabriela Carrillo and Mauricio Rocha, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Raymond Depardon and Claudine Nougaret, Cai Guo-Qiang, Manabu Miyazaki, JP Mika, Moke, Ryūichi Sakamoto, Christian Sardet, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Shiro Takatani, Cyprien Tokoudagba, United Visual Artists (UVA), Agnès Varda, Adriana Varejão.

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Exhibition
The Great Animal Orchestra
July 2, 2016 › January 8, 2017
Curator: Hervé Chandès
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
261, boulevard Raspail – 75014 Paris
Open everyday except Monday, from 11 am to 8 pm.
Open Tuesday evenings until 10 pm.
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Metro Raspail or Denfert-Rochereau (lines 4 and 6)
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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.

Precursors
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.



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.


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
info@magasin-cnac.org


Art Paris, Just Art! Grand Palais, Paris, France
from 03/31/11 to 04/03/11
Afriques - André Magnin (Paris)





‘Popular Painting’ from Kinshasa, Tate Modern, London, England
from 03/24/07 to 03/01/08

Tate Modern Level 5, London.
Photo: ©Tate Modern

The display ‘Popular Painting’ from Kinshasa opens on 24 March at Tate Modern and will be located within the collection displays, UBS Openings: Tate Modern Collection. It features eight paintings by a group of five artists from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, collectively known as the ‘School of Popular Painting’.

In the mid 1970s the ‘School of Popular Painting’ was founded in Kinshasa by Chéri Samba (born 1956) who was joined by Moke (1950–2001), Chéri Chérin (born 1955), and Bodo (b.1953). Chéri Samba’s younger brother, Cheik Ledy (1962 – 1997), later became associated with the group. These five artists, three of whom continue to live and work in Kinshasa, are widely regarded as being among the leading contemporary African painters within sub-Saharan Africa.

The term ‘popular’ reflects the artists’ continuing interest in depicting themes and images that derive from popular culture and everyday life. Their work critically engages with the social and political situations of their local community, such as issues of international aid, conflict, sexuality, and cultural tourism. These are addressed using frank and symbolic imagery, seen for example in a large mural painting by Bodo called Monde en tourbillon! Où l’on va?, 2006. The experience of being an artist is also explored in several works including Untitled, 2001, by Moke, whose tongue-in-cheek painting depicts himself as the financially successful artist or dealer in the centre foreground.

Largely self-taught, the artists bring to painting expertise developed from a variety of backgrounds, from comic strip artistry as seen in the work of Chéri Samba, to billboard and sign painting. Their vibrant palettes and frequent inclusion of textual elements within the large canvases reflect these influences. While each artist has his own particular brand of reportage, all approach painting as a universal medium with the utopian potential to effect change. In some cases, political or social conflicts are portrayed as chaotic and all-consuming, and in others, personal impressions of these situations are treated ironically and satirically.

The paintings are seen in the context the ‘States of Flux’ suite on Level 5, which presents works by modern and contemporary artists who moved away from traditional picture-making towards a dynamic and forceful visual language to engage with modern life. The techniques of montage and appropriation as well as the critical engagement with politics and society run throughout the suite.

The paintings are on loan from the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC), Geneva, which was founded in 1989 by Jean Pigozzi and curated from the outset by André Magnin. It is the largest private collection of its kind and has helped many African artists to show their work in major institutions around the world. As part of Tate Modern’s commitment to showing international Modern and Contemporary art, including art from regions of the world beyond Europe and America, ‘Popular Painting’ from Kinshasa is the first collection display at Tate to present work by artists who were born in and continue to work in Africa.

This display has been made possible by the generous support of the Contemporary African Art Collection and Jean Pigozzi. It is curated by Sheena Wagstaff, Chief Curator, Tate Modern, with assistance from Cliff Lauson, Curatorial Assistant, Tate Modern, in collaboration with André Magnin, Curator, CAAC.



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


THE PIGOZZI COLLECTION
6 October 2007 – 3 February 2008
curated by André Magnin

The Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli is pleased to present Why Africa? The Pigozzi collection, as part of its new cultural programme dedicated to art collections.

The exhibition is having its Italian première, curated by André Magnin, Artistic Director of Contemporary African Art Collection (the Pigozzi collection), the world’s most important collection of contemporary African art.

Created in 1989 by the joint efforts of Jean Pigozzi and André Magnin, who was deputy curator of the exhibition Les Magiciens de la Terre being held at the Pompidou Centre at the time, the collection is constantly evolving with the addition of works by artists of various generations from sub-Saharian Africa. It maintains strong links with the artists it supports, giving them visibility and recognition on the international art scene, and this was confirmed this year when the 52nd International Venice Biennale awarded a Golden Lion for lifetime achievements to 72 year old photographer Malick Sidibé, because no one is worthier than him to receive this honour (Robert Storr).

Jean Pigozzi reveals his passion and obsession for African art in about one hundred works selected from the collection, several of which have never been exhibited before. The exhibition includes drawings, paintings, sculpture, photographs, installations and site specific works as the one conceived by the South -African artist Esther Mahlangu for the new Fiat 500.

The great wealth of African contemporary artistic output is presented through the work of several artists -Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Chéri Samba and Malick Sidibé, George Lilanga and Keita Seydou, precursors of contemporary African art who died recently – who overcame the stereotype of folklore and decorative art of the postcolonial period and forged links with Western art, developing their own autonomous language.

The majority of these artists produce works that are figurative or inspired by current topics, depicting a reality that is both local and global.

One of the most obvious constants is the deep bond with the territory: the artists address the territory first and foremost, and they work with what is familiar to them; their art is inclusive, rooted in history and against division. Art that comes from the people, addresses the people and returns to the people, in the words of André Magnin.

The exhibition will be presented in a special setting created by Ettore Sottsass and Marco Palmieri.

A number of conferences and meetings and a film screening dedicated to Africa will be organised during the exhibition, supporting by ERSEL.

The guide to the exhibition has been realized by Fabrica, Benetton research centre on communications. Created to lead the visitor through the ‘itinerary’ of the show, the guide offers an insight to the artists and their work.



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

This exhibition presents 25 contemporary African artists who live and work in sub-Saharan Africa. Painters, draftsmen, photographers, sculptors, and video artists from several generations are featured, including artists of international renown like portrait artist Seydou Keïta, painters Chéri Samba, George Lilanga, and Richard Onyango, the encyclopedist and universalist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, the unclassifiable Bodys Isek Kingelez and Romuald Hazoumé, as well as younger, highly promising artists such as Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Titos Mabota, Pathy Tshindele, and Calixte Dakpogan, in an installation by leading Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and by Marco Palmieri, a prominent member of Sottsass’s team.



ARTS OF AFRICA, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
from 07/16/05 to 09/04/05

From traditional arts to the Jean Pigozzi contemporary collection

Unique and spectacular, scenographic writing by Ettore Sotssass

Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
July 16th to September 4th, 2005, Espace Ravel


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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