Andre Magnin has been scouting the African continent for decades, having spotted and brought to light some of the most interesting emerging scenes from that region. He has one of the largest collections of African contemporary art and is one of the best curators in his field.
André Magnin was born in 1952. He lives and works in Paris. He began his research on contemporary art from non – western cultures in 1986. He focused this research on sub-Saharan Africa for the exhibition Magiciens de la Terre, which took place in Paris in 1989. From 1989 to 2009 he was the curator of the Pigozzi Collection. With this collection he organized numerous exhibitions all around the world, including Out of Africa (Saatchi Gallery, London), African Art Now (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), J’aime Chéri Samba (Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris), Arts of Africa (Grimaldi Forum, Monaco), 100% Africa (Guggenheim, Bilbao), Why Africa ? (Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli), Africa ? una nuova storia (Complesso del Vittoriano, Roma), African Stories (Marrakech), Beauté – Congo : 1926 – 2015, Congo Kitoko, (Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris).
In 2009 he started MAGNIN-A, a gallery dedicated to promote African contemporary art in the international art market.