Art/Afrique, Le nouvel atelier

Exhibition finished - From 26 April to 4 September 2017


William Kentridge. Dessin pour Triumphs and Laments (Procession of Migrants), 2016.

Encre d’Inde sur papier, 107 x 158 cm.

© Courtesy de l’artiste et Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris et Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg. Photo Thys Dullaart

Œuvre présentée lors de l'exposition “Être là” : Afrique du Sud, une scène contemporaine, "Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier", Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, du 26 avril au 28 août 2017.

Through 4 September 2017, the Fondation Louis Vuitton presents Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier.

The Fondation is devoting the entirety of its display areas, as well as a full multidisciplinary programme, to Africa. Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier is the union of two exhibitions – The Insiders (“Les Initiés”): a selection of works (1989-2009) from the Jean Pigozzi collection of contemporary African art and Being There (“Être là”): South Africa, a contemporary scene – to which are added select works from the Collection.

The Insiders: a selection of works (1989-2009) from the Jean Pigozzi collection of contemporary African art

In 1989, inspired by the Magiciens de la Terre exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Grande Halle de La Villette, businessman Jean Pigozzi called upon André Magnin, Assistant Curator for the exhibition’s African section, to assemble a collection dedicated to artists living and working in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr Magnin, a skilled art investigator, crisscrossed the African continent to meet self-taught artists who, at that time, could not be found or reached using mobile phones, the internet or social networks. In this context, the decisive parameters were human relations and a firm grasp of the conspicuous freedom and originality of the artists’ approaches.

The exhibition The Insiders is a selection of works by fifteen emblematic artists from Jean Pigozzi’s collection. All are heirs to unique spiritual, scientific and technical wisdom and give form to their worlds across a variety of media and through a broad expressive palette.

The exhibition, designed by the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director, was created in close collaboration with Jean Pigozzi.

Chief Curator: Suzanne Pagé

Advisor: André Magnin

Assistant Curators: Angéline Scherf and Ludovic Delalande

Architect: Marco Palmieri


Being There: South Africa, a contemporary scene

The collective exhibition Being There is devoted to South Africa, one of the most dynamic scenes on the African continent. Its potency, first revealed to the world in the 1990s, is especially due to the emergence of a new ecosystem, constituted in part by very involved and committed institutions, galleries and universities.

The exhibition focuses on a specific time and space – the present day – as established through multiple themes and well-rooted historical continuity. Several generations of artists are brought together here, with shared and reflected objectives. Some works are by the scene’s earliest artists, today recognised figures on the international artistic stage, as well as a generation born in the 1970s. Other works, by artists born in the 1980s, are symptomatic of new issues and realities, more than twenty years after the end of apartheid.

This selection is founded on the position of the artists as proactive co-creators of the economic and social fabric in which they live, aware and confident of their ability to play a role and have lasting impact – Being There.

Curators: Suzanne Pagé and Angeline Scherf with Ludovic Delalande and Claire Staebler.
Architect: Marco Palmieri

The Fondation Collection: a selection of African artworks

Covering the Fondation’s entire top floor, complementing the two temporary exhibitions, is a selection of African works from the Collection which, through various media, explore the history and identity of the African continent and cultures, which today are essential to understanding the world’s artistic landscape.

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, David Koloane, Sue Williamson, Zanele Muholi, Moshekwa Langa, Jody Brand, Lawrence Lemaoana, Nicholas Hlobo, Athi-Patra Ruga, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Kudzanai Chiurai, Bogosi Sekhukhuni, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Rashid Johnson, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Omar Victor Diop,Meleko Mokgosi, Santu Mofokeng, Wangechi Mutu, Robin Rhode and Omar Ba.


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Being There: South Africa, A Contemporary Art Scene

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"The Insiders"
A selection of works (1989 to 2009) from the Jean Pigozzi collection of African art

  • Romuald Hazoumè. Ear Splitting, 1999

    Plastic can, brush, speakers.  42 x 22 x 16 cm

    Jean Pigozzi collection of African art

     © Romuald Hazoumè

  • Chéri Samba. Little Kadogo - I am for peace, that is why I like weapons, 2004

    Acrylic on canvas, 204.5 x 245.5 x 2.5 cm

    Jean Pigozzi collection of African art

    © Chéri Samba

  • John Goba. Sea marble. 1992

    Painted wood, porcupine spines. 110 x 50 x 65 cm

    Jean Pigozzi collection of African art

    © John Goba

  • Seydou Keita. Untitled. 1956

    Gelatin-silver print posterior. 180 x 120 cm

    Jean Pigozzi collection of African art

    © Seydou Keita

  • Abu Bakarr Mansaray. Digital Man. 2004

    Bic and graphite pen on paper. Framed: 160.6 x 212.5 x 4 cm

    Jean Pigozzi collection of African art

    © Abu Bakarr Mansaray


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