Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

Born in 1923 - Cote D'Ivoire

BIOGRAPHY

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, also known as Cheik Nadro (c. 1923 – 28 January 2014), was an Ivorian artist.

On March 11, 1948, he had a divine revelation, which influenced much of his later work. Frédéric Bruly Bouabré worked as a clerk in various government offices. He created hundreds of small drawings that depict many different subjects, mostly drawn from local folklore or describing his visions. The drawings are part of a larger body of work, World Knowledge.

Bouabré also created a 448-letter, universal Bété syllabary, which he used to transcribe the oral tradition of his people, the Bétés. His visual language is portrayed on some 1,000 small cards using ballpoint pens and crayons, with symbolic imagery surrounded by text, each carrying a unique divinatory message and comments on life and history.

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EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS

2011
The world of Frédéric Bruly Bouabré and his Object teaching, Kimmel Center Window Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis

2010-2011
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré at Tate Modern, Tate Modern, London

2010
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré at Tate Modern, Tate Modern, Londres, Grande-Bretagne

Bon Séjour, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Galerie du jour agnès b., Paris, France

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, Suisse

African Stories, Ancienne Banque du Maroc, Marrakech, Maroc

2009 - 2010
Nov. 2009 - Jan. 2010
Africa? Una nuova storia
Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy

2009
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Galerie Aliceday, Bruxelles, Belgique

2007
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, La Haute Diplomatie, Ikon Gallery
Birmingham, U.K.

2006
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Musée des Civilisations de Côtes d’Ivoire, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

2003
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré
Musée Champollion
Figeac – France

2002
Dany Keller Galerie
Munich - Allemagne

2001
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré – Acharya Vyakul, Galerie du jour agnès b., Paris, France

1997
Musée du visage africain, Galerie Jule Kewenig, Cologne, Allemagne

1996
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Galeria DV, San Sebastian, Espagne

1995
Mondes - Frédéric Bruly Bouabré & Alighiero e Boetti
American Center, Paris.

1995-1994
World Envisionned -Frédéric Bruly BOUABRE & Alighiero e BOETTI
Dia Center for the Arts.
New-York, United States

1993
Portikus. Frédéric Bruly BOUABRE
Kunsthalle Francfort, Germany.
Bern, Switzerland.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.
Ludwig Museum.
Aachen, Germany.


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2015
ROC, La galerie du jour agnès b, Paris

2014
Ici l’Afrique/Here Africa - L’Afrique contemporaine a? travers le regard de ses artistes, Musée des Suisses dans le Monde,Château de Penthes, Pregny-Chambésy, Suisse

2014
Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions, Museu Picasso, Barcelona

2013
The 55th Venice Biennale

2013
Dessins et oeuvres sur papier, Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris

2013
Four corners of the world, Hite Foundation, Séoul, Corée du Sud.

2013
Focus sur la collection, Musée de la Fondation Zinsou, Ouidah, Bénin

2013
Mes Amours…, Bandjoun Station, Bandjoun, Cameroun

2012/2013
Biennale Bénin, Inventing the World : The Artist as Citizen

2012
Drawing Now Paris, Magnin-A, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France

Aujourd’hui je travaille avec mon petit fils, Aboudia, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan

2011
Prism – Drawings from 1990 - 2011, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo

Le Monde vous appartient, Palazzo Grassi, François Pinault Foundation, Venise, Italie

ArtParis, Just art!, Grand Palais, Paris, France


Riad Al Maaden, Marrakech, Maroc

La petite revue de l’art moderne et contemporain en Côte d’Ivoire, Rotonde des Arts, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire


2010
Artparis+guests. André Magnin & Leridon Collection, Grand Palais, Paris, France

8 oct - 25 oct 2010
African Stories
Marrakech Art Fair, Marrakech

5 mars - 22 août 2010
La Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland

2009
Africa Arte Contemporanea, JZ Art Gallery, Milan, Italie

Against Exclusion, 3e Biennale d’Art Contemporain, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscou, Russie

Animal, Anima, Fondation Blachère, Apt, France

2007
7 oct – 3 fev 2008
Why Africa?
Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli
Turin, Italie

2006
12 oct - 18 fev 2007
100% Africa
Guggenheim Museum
Bilbao, Espagne

2006
31 mars – 11 juin
Aller / retour. L’Afrique
La Casa Encendida
Madrid - Espagne

2005
30 nov – 20 jan
Attirare l’attenzione
Centre d’art contemporain
Besançon, France

2005
Arts of Africa
Grimaldi Forum
Monaco - France

2005
African Art Now : Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection
Museum of Fine Art Houston
Houston - USA

2004 (travelling exhibition)
Africa Remix
Art contemporain d’un continent

* 24 juil 2004 – 7 nov 2004
Museum Kunst Palast
Düsseldorf - Germany
* 10 fév 2005 – 17 avr 2005
Hayward Gallery
London – England
* 15 mai 2005 – 20 août 2005
Centre Georges Pompidou
Paris – France
* fév – mai 2006
Mori Art Museum
Tokyo

2004
Les Afriques
Tri Postal
Lille - France

2004
Je m’installeaux abattoirs !
La collection d’art contemporain d’agnès b.
Les Abattoirs
Toulouse - France

2003 – 2004
L’Invention du Monde
Centre Pompidou
Paris, France

2003
Transferts
Palais des Beaux Arts
Brussels – Belgium

2003
Correspondances Afriques
Iwalewa-Haus
Afrikanzentrum der Universität Bayreuth
Bayreuth - Germany

2002
Inauguration du Plateau
Le plateau
Paris, France

2001
Egofugal
Istanbul 7th Biennal, Turkey.

2000-2001
Voici - 100 Years of Contemporary Art
Bruxelles Fine Art Palace
Bruxelles, Belgium.

1999-2000
Zeitwenden
Kunstmuseum Bonn
Bonn, Germany.

1999-2000
Art-Worlds in Dialogue
Ludwig Museum
Cologne, Germany.

1999-2000
Art Visionnaire/Visionary Art
Halle Saint Pierre
Paris, France.

1997-1998
Johannesburg 2nd Biennal
Johannesburg, South Africa.

1997
Kwangju Biennal.
Kwangju, Korea.

1996
Sydney Biennal
The Gunnery
Sydney, Australia.

1995-1996
Féminin/Masculin. Le sexe de l'art.
Modern Art National Museum, Georges Pompidou Center.
Paris, France.

1995
Big City
Serpentine Gallery,
London, Great-Britain.

1995
Gallery of 5th Continents
Oceanian and African Art Museum.
Paris, France.

1995
Dialogues de Paix/ Dialogues of Peace
Palace of United Nations
Geneva, Switzerland.

1994
Frédéric Bruly BOUABRE
Ginza Art Space
Shiseido Co Ltd.
Tokyo, Japan.

1994
Rencontres Africaines
Arabic World Institute.
Paris, France.

1993
Grapholies
Abidjan Biennal.
Ivory Coast.

1993
La Grande Vérité, les Astres Africains
Contemporary African Art Collection
Fine Art Museum -Nantes, France.

1993
Art Against AIDS
Venice Biennal.
Guggenheim Museum. Venice, Italy.

1993
Trésors de voyage/ Travel Treasures
Venice Biennal.
Venice, Italy.

1992
Resistances
The Watari-Um Foundation for Contemporary Art,
Tokyo, Japan.

1992
Out of Africa
Saatchi Collection,
London, Great Britain.

1991-1992
Africa Hoy - Africa Now
Atlantic Center of Modern Art
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherland.
Contemporary Art Cultural Center.
Mexico City, Mexico.

1989
Magiciens de la Terre
National Museum of Modern Arts -M.N.A.M.
Georges Pompidou Center, Grande Halle de la Villette.
Paris, France.

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