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

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.


Anaïs Lepage is an independent curator and writer based in Paris.

Her research focuses on excesses and secrets in art history in connection with a history of the affects and spiritualities as well as postcolonial and gender studies. Inspired by radical pedagogies and feminist theories, she questions the forms of speech through collaborations, workshops, and a shift in critical, intimate, and performative narrative.

Trained in Art History at the École du Louvre, in Museum Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and in Curatorial Studies at the Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Lepage multiplies experiences in France and abroad.
She started at the Maison Rouge - Foundation Antoine de Galbert in Paris, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal and, alongside Guillaume Désanges, at the Verrière - Hermès Foundation in Brussels. Then, she worked as assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chengdu, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

From 2015 to 2020 she co-founded HEIWATA, a curatorial platform based between Paris, Mexico City, and Toronto. She has developed projects with artists such as Madison Bycroft, Julien Creuzet, Gaëlle Choisne, Ad Minoliti, and Rachel Rose, among others. Recently, she collaborated with AICA International, the CNEAI art center, and the Palais de Tokyo. Since 2019, she teaches exhibition curating at the Sorbonne University