Art/Afrique,
Le nouvel atelier

26 April to 28 August 2017

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From 26 April to 28 August 2017, the Fondation Louis Vuitton presents  Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier

  • Les Initiés, select works from the African art collection of Jean Pigozzi (1989-2009)
  • Être là,  South Africa, a contemporary art scene
  • Africa in the Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection

 

Les Initiés

The Les Initiés exhibition is composed of works by fifteen iconic artists from the contemporary African art collection of businessman Jean Pigozzi, presented for the first time in Paris.
In 1989, Jean Pigozzi called upon André Magnin to scour the African continent for works to form his collection, directly connecting with artists living and working in sub-Saharan Africa. In that era – one lacking both mobile phone and internet –, he established meaningful ties with local artists, subsequently revealing their freedom and originality.
The determination and commitment channelled into this collection has led to the creation of an unparalleled assemblage with strong, distinctive themes; one boasting a diversity that is testament to an important facet of contemporary creation in Africa between 1989 and 2009.
The Pigozzi collection is eclectic, free-flowing: it does not favour a given medium, seeking instead to represent each artist through logical, cohesive ensembles. It shed light on a previously little-known art scene, providing a platform by which it broadened its public and international visibility and influence. This collection has thus played an undeniable prescriptive role.
The artists presented in the exhibition, all heirs to varying forms of wisdom – spiritual, scientific, technical –, develop worlds of diverse expression, through diverse media. In this sense, they are initiés, “insiders”.
The exhibition features works by Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Seni Awa Camara, Calixte Dakpogan, John Goba, Romuald Hazoumé, Seydou Keita, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Moké, Rigobert Nimi, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Chéri Samba, Malick Sidibé, Pascale Marthine Tayou and Barthelemy Toguo.
The exhibition’s artistic direction was overseen by the Fondation Louis Vuitton department; its composition was developed in close collaboration with Jean Pigozzi.

Chief Curator: Suzanne Pagé
Advisor: André Magnin
Organisers: Angéline Scherf and Ludovic Delalande.
Exhibition design : Marco Palmieri

 

Être là

Être là is a collective exhibition devoted to South Africa that illustrates one of the most dynamic art scenes on the African continent.
It brings together the works of fifteen artists from three generations.
Tutelary figures of South African art, such as David Goldblatt, William Kentridge and Jane Alexander, who now enjoy international stature and substantial influence on younger artists, share space with a second generation of artists born in the 1970s, represented by notable personalities, including Zanele Muholi and Nicholas Hlobo. Lastly, the exhibition features select artists born in the 1980s whose works are symptomatic of a new exploration of identity born of the post-apartheid era, such as Kemang Wa Lehulere, Athi-Patra Ruga, Lawrence Lemaoana, Jody Brand, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Kudzanai Chiurai.
Through a variety of display techniques (installations, photographs, paintings, textile works, videos, etc.), these artists revisit history, a past wrought in part by colonisation. At the same time, they establish roots in the present by affirming a distinctive subjectivity reaching beyond race, colour and gender.
Freed of the militancy of their elders, embracing a new kind of activism, this generation rides the wave of today’s global openness to proclaim a very specific identity – equally black and South African – that they are helping to redefine.

Curators: Suzanne Pagé and Angéline Scherf with Ludovic Delalande and Claire Staebler.
Exhibition design : Marco Palmieri

 

Africa in the Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection

These two exhibitions parallel the presentation of Collection works related to Africa that go beyond the African continent, exploring the work of African-American artists or those working outside their countries of origin.
In honour of this event, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is partnering with La Grande Halle de La Villette to offer a special admission ticket covering two exhibits: Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier  and Afriques Capitales.

 

Les Initiés, select works from the African art collection of Jean Pigozzi (1989-2009)

 

Être là,  South Africa, a contemporary art scene

 

Africa in the Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection

 

 

Les Initiés, select works from the African art collection of Jean Pigozzi (1989-2009)

 

Être là,  South Africa, a contemporary art scene

 

Africa in the Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection

 

Artists featured in the exhibition:

 

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Seni Awa Camara, Calixte Dakpogan, John Goba, Romuald Hazoumé, Seydou Keita, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Moké, Rigobert Nimi, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Chéri Samba, Malick Sidibé, Pascale Marthine Tayou et Barthelemy Toguo, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Jane Alexander, Zanele Muholi, Nicholas Hlobo, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Athi-Patra Ruga, Lawrence Lemaoana, Jody Brand, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Kudzanai Chiurai

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