A look at the exhibitions of The Fondation Louis Vuitton - Adam&Eve (a&e) Magazine


Art/Afrique, Le Nouvel Atelier

Fondation Louis Vuitton will present ‘Art/Afrique, Le Nouvel Atelier’ from April 26 to August 28, 2017. Alongside its monographic exhibitions, the Fondation Louis Vuitton regularly presents group exhibitions that focus on the latest developments from less known, or even entirely overlooked, art scenes. The exhibition will present recent works created by artists throughout the African continent, from sub-Saharan Africa to South Africa, and will be displayed across the Fondation’s galleries according to three sections:

The Insiders

This brings together a group of works by fifteen iconic artists from Jean Pigozzi’s collection of African art, presented in Paris for the first time. Businessman Jean Pigozzi began collecting contemporary African art in 1989, relying on advice imparted by André Magnin. A pioneer in the movement, he lived and travelled extensively throughout the African continent, visiting artists in French, English, and Portuguese speaking countries. At a time preceding the use of mobile phones, the internet, or social media, Pigozzi and Magnin visited the artists in person to build relationships with them and their works, enabling them to appreciate the originality of their approaches, a decisive element in the shaping of the collection. This determination and commitment guided Pigozzi and Magnin in assembling a unique collection of works that express strong political positions, representative of the diversity of the contemporary African scene between 1989 and 2009.

The artists included in the exhibition, each deeply influenced by the spiritual, scientific and craft traditions of their country of origin, develop unique worlds that manifest themselves through various forms of expressions and media. Boldly asserting its openness, eclecticism and freedom, the Pigozzi collection presents a representative range of each artist’s work across various media. It seeks to raise awareness of a relatively unknown art scene, increasing its international audience and impact.

Being There

As a complement to ‘The Insiders’, Fondation Louis Vuitton will present ‘Being There’, a collective exhibition of works by artists from South Africa, one of the most dynamic scenes of the African continent today.

It will include works by approximately fifteen artists, on the one hand, masters of South African art, such as Jane Alexander, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, David Koloane and Sue Williamson who are internationally renowned and wield considerable influence on younger artists, owing to their ...

Africa in the Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection

A selection of works from the Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection will complement these two exhibitions by looking beyond the African continent to include African artists working outside their countries of origin, as well as Afro-American artists.

A set of multidisciplinary events revolving around music, poetry, literature and cinema has been organized in conjunction with the exhibition. As part of the event, Fondation Louis Vuitton is partnering with La Grande Halle de La Villette to offer a combined entry ticket for their exhibitions ‘Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier’ and ‘Afrique Capitale’.

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