Far off from its ethnic and tribal aspect, contemporary African art has conquered, little by little, a western audience in search of artistic discoveries coming from somewhat exotic destinations.
Its fascinating emergence is due to new art fairs, exhibitions, artistic practices but also new players in art promotion, often accountable for what is shown.
Indeed last year, the Cartier Foundation held a beautiful retrospective exhibition - Beauté Congo - on contemporary Congolese artists. The same year, Tate Modern hosted an exhibition on Ivorian artist Frédérick Bruly Bouabré. It is now Louis Vuitton Foundation’s turn as it has had planned several events related to this art including a major exhibition on the Pigozzi collection next year. Furthermore, during the next edition of the Art Paris Art Fair in April 2017, Africa will be in the spolight…
From November 11 to 13, the contemporary art and design salon AKAA as in Also Known As Africa, focused on Africa, will take place at the Carreau du Temple in Paris. The 29 galleries will present works in all mediums, paintings, sculptures, artworks on textile, digital art, performances and photographs.
The year ahead will offer a wonderful trip to discover contemporary African artists, and so does this selection!
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