~ The Insiders
A selection of works (1989-2009) from the Jean Pigozzi collection of contemporary African art
Fondation Louis Vuitton
April 26 - September 4, 2017
Assistant curator at the Artistic Direction
With : 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, Barthelemy Toguo.
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.
Exhibitions views, “The Insiders : a selection of works (1989-2009) from the Jean Pigozzi collection of contemporary African art”, Louis Vuitton Foundation, 2017 © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage.