The Jean Pigozzi African Art Collection

When We See Us, Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart, Switzerland

from 25/05/2024 to 27/10/2024

First conceived by and presented at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, this multifaceted special exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart introduces viewers to figurative painting by 156 Black artists from Africa and the African Diaspora dating from the 1920s through to the present.

When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting comprises an exhibition, publication and discursive programming that explores Black self-representation and celebrates global Black subjectivities and Black consciousness from pan-African and pan-diasporic perspectives. It boldly brings together the art  into dialogue with leading Black thinkers, writers and poets who are active today.

The exhibition features more than 200 artworks from 74 institutional and private lenders located in 26 countries. They are grouped into five distinct thematic categories entitled “The Everyday,” “Joy & Revelry,” ”Repose,” “Sensuality,” and “Triumph and Emancipation.” When We See Us celebrates the resilience, essence, and political charge of Black joy.
Link to the exhibition website