Exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation until August 28th 2017, Mahatma Gandhi avenue, Paris 16th, open from Wednesday to Monday from 12am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday to 8pm, fee : 5 to 14 €.
The exhibition "Art / Africa, the new studio" starts by a simple idea : the contemporary African Art arouse any interest among the public institutions after the exhibitions "Magiciens de la terre" (1989) and "Africa Remix" (2005) at the Pompidou Center. But the private institutions are on the increase. Jean Pigozzi belongs to those who want to underline the importance of that art and he has lent an important part of his collection to the Louis Vuitton Foundation. Everything begins the 28th of August 1989 during the exhibition "Magiciens de la terre" in the Pompidou Center and the grande Halle de la Vilette. Pigozzi discovers that he improves a strong feeling for African contemporary art and he wants to buy everything but the curator says that it is impossible. The curator introduce him to an African art specialist and also gallery owner André Magnin. The agree together immediately and make a deal : Jean Pigozzi gives the money and André Magnin finds the art work and they choose together.
Barthélémy Toguo "Purification XIV" (2010), Zanele Muholi picture, Malick Sidibé picture, Chéri Samab "Little Kadogo"
The purpose of Jean Pigozzi and André Magnin is to accelerate the recognition of African contemporary art but they must to fight against two problems. The first problem is the prize because some art lovers and buyers think that the prize is potent for determining the talent. The second is the recognition of the African Art (contemporary or not) and the African artists because for a long period of time the art world has estimated that African artists couldn't make any art following consciously or not the colonization values. Today the African contemporary art is only recognize by anglophone institutions like the Moma, the Metropolitan and the Tate who own some art works. The African contemporary art belongs to Raw art made by artists who find their inspiration inside the memory who use recovery a lot who are autodidacts and who want to improve a lot sophisticated technical. The next step will be to create a museum dedicated to African contemporary art.