The Congolese Spirit

Group Show

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For Andre Magnin’s exhibition with Collectionair the curator has selected a series of works by artist known that are both a part the Congo’s Popular Painters and also it’s successors. Magnin’s critically acclaimed Beauté Congo exhibition at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris, detailed the growth of Congolese art from 1926 till today; from the precious works on paper of Albert and Antoinette Lubaki and Djilatendo to Popular Painters such as Cheri Samba, to contemporary artists like Kura Shumali, Pathy Tshindele and Amani Bodo. 

Collectionair is proud to present Magnin’s curated selection of both established and up and coming Congolese artists, many of whom are a part of Eza Possibles art collective, established in 2003, and seen in his Beauté Congo exhibition. These artists are now laying the foundations for the next era in Congolese art and their work is supported by a curator who understands the importance of their countries art history in their own contemporary practice.

About the curator

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.