Ex Africa, the exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly

Published by Laurent P. · Updated on 10 May 2021 at 18h02 · Published on 6 May 2021 at 09h57
From May 19 to July 11, 2021, the Musée du Quai Branly invites you for its reopening to discover the “Africa Reborn: African aesthetics in contemporary art” exhibition. A never-before seen dive to the heart of the contemporary African creation.

How can African arts, now known as “classic”, remain present and active in the contemporary creation? A question the Musée du Quai Branly tries to answer to through an exhibition running from May 19 to July 11, 2021: “Africa Reborn: African aesthetics in contemporary art”.

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An exhibition curated by art critic and historian Philippe Dagen who tries to show “these arts’ very ideas and forms are more alive than ever”, as about forty years earlier, these “forms of art” were reduced – on the occasion of another exhibition, Primitivism, that was held at New York Museum of Modern Art – to “a foil to the Western avant-gardists”. A genuine reinterpretation denying these works from their real essence, as historic as symbolical.

Installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, videos… As many supports aiming at examining “relations between today’s art and old African arts”. In all, 34 contemporary artists propose their works and minds such as Annette Messager, Gloria Friedmann, Myriam Mihindou, Kader Attia, Pascale Marthine, Romuald Hazoumé, Théo Mercier and even Emo de Medeiros.

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An exhibition also bringing – as an introduction – works by A.R. Penck, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Antoni Clavé and James Brown face to face with works by Chéri Samba in order to question “the very notion of ‘primitivism’ and its innuendoes”. Let us book a ticket, friends, shall we?

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 19 May 2021 to 11 July 2021

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    Location

    Quai Branly
    75007 Paris 7

    Access
    Métro ligne 9 station "Iéna", RER C station "Pont de l'Alma"

    Prices
    Tarif réduit: €9
    Plein tarif: €12

    Official website
    www.quaibranly.fr

    More informations
    Ouvert du mardi au dimanche de 10h30 à 19h.

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