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Cosmogonies - Zinsou, an african collection

Art contemporain & Art africain - Publisher Silvana / MO.CO. - Broché avec rabats - 192 pages - Text in Bilingue Français / English - Published in 2021

With a selection of works by 37 African artists – characterized by a porosity between reality and the supernatural, between everyday life and legend - the Hôtel des collections of Montpellier celebrates the militant activity of the Zinsou Foundation, firmly anchored in its Beninese context while also addressing the whole world.

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Model 9788836648870
Artist Art contemporain & Art africain
Author Sous la direction de Pauline Faure
Publisher Silvana / MO.CO.
Format Broché avec rabats
Number of pages 192
Language Bilingue Français / English
Dimensions 270 x 210
Technique(s) Illustrations 100
Published 2021
Museum MO.CO, Montpellier

Bilingual Exhibition Catalogue Cosmogonies. Zinsou, an african collection, presented at MO.CO. l'Hôtel des collections, Montpellier (3 juillet - 10 octobre 2021). 

Beginning in the early 1990s, a trend towards aesthetic globalization brought profound change to the art world – or at least to its geopolitics. African contemporary art gained acceptance as a living reality, although not unconditionally: intellectually a clotted perception of its traditional forms persisted, all the more so in that these forms were still closely implicated in the history of modern Western art.
That a foundation like the one created by the Zinsou family should exist today as an umbrella for some of Africa’s leading artists is a tribute to hard work, patience and sheer stubbornness. It took a long time, however, before more hybrid artforms resonating with the Western context would gain recognition.

Artists: Léonce Raphaël Agbodjelou, Ishola Akpo, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Aston, Sammy Baloji, Pierre Bodo, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Seyni Awa Camara, Chéri Chérin, Jérémy Demester, Jean Depara, Omar Victor Diop, Kifouli Dossou, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Samuel Fosso, Pauline Guerrier, Romuald Hazoumè, Seydou Keïta, Adama Kouyaté, George Lilanga, Ibrahim Mahama, Esther Mahlangu, Emo de Medeiros, Moké, Zanele Muholi, Rigobert Nimi, J. D. ’Okhai Ojeikere, Kwesi Owusu-Ankomah, Gérard Quenum, Sadek Rahim, Lyndi Sales, Chéri Samba, Amadou Sanogo, Malick Sidibé, Aïcha Snoussi, Sanlé Sory, Cyprien Tokoudagba

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