Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present features works by artists from Africa and the Diaspora who problematize Eurocentric tropes of race, representation and prevailing colonial narratives. The exhibition addresses the violent erasure of marginalised histories and the ways in which artists reinterpret familiar themes through contemporary, Afrocentric lenses. As the rich resources of the African continent continue to be coveted by powers around the globe, the selected works, including photography, mixed media, virtual reality, sculpture, and a site-specific installation, speak to the ways in which outside interventions have deeply affected both the people and the landscape. Featured artists include Sammy Baloji, Serge Attukwei Clottey, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Omar Victor Diop, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Mary Sibande, and Pascale Marthine Tayou.
The voodoo religions surround a touch of mysticism and exoticism. Many people associate voodoo with needle puppets and zombies. The reality is much more complex. In fact, the voodoo religions are centuries old and have a comprehensive and abstract theological foundation. They can be traced back to the Yoruba religion in Nigeria and possibly even further back to the ancient civilizations in the northeast of the African continent. Today, as the religion is called in Africa, Vodun is mainly distributed in Benin, Ghana and Togo. Through the slave trade, West Africans arrived in the Caribbean and on the American mainland and with them their beliefs, which in the colonies mingled with Christianity and indigenous religions of America. Especially in Haiti, a separate voodoo variant was formed. But also in Cuba, Brazil and the US there are African-American religions, which are strongly influenced by Vodun and Yoruba. The exhibition is a world premiere and shows for the first time these religions on both sides of the Atlantic in their entirety. On two floors, we present almost 1,200 objects.
The Burgundy Tribal Show is the first international tribal art fair to be held in the countryside. In a rural setting, and a relaxed atmosphere conducive to discovery, the Burgundy Tribal Show offers its audience a distinctly different experience.
An extraordinary figure, the first 20th-century businesswoman, a self-made and emancipated woman, a visionary... There is no shortage of superlatives to describe the incredible rise to fame of Helena Rubinstein (1870-1965), dubbed the Empress of beauty by Cocteau, but her role as an experienced collector and a pioneer in the recognition of African and Oceanic arts in Europe and North America is often overlooked. Primarily amassed in Paris through her various encounters, "Madame’s collection", now dispersed, comprised over 400 pieces of non-European art including precious Kota and Fang reliquary guardians, exceptional Baoulé, Bamana, Senoufo and Dogon pieces. The exhibition places the spotlight on her passion for non-Western arts - primarily African art - through sixty pieces, as well as her fascination for their expressive intensity and character.
Taking its name from a 1970’s feminist anthem, I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa draws upon a selection of artworks by women artists from the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art’s permanent collection to reveal a more contemporary feminism that recognizes the contributions of women to the most pressing issues of their times. With experimental and sophisticated use of diverse media, the 27 featured artists offer insightful and visually stunning approaches to matters of community, faith, the environment, politics, colonial encounters, racism, identity, and more.
The Museum of Modern Art announces Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond, the first exhibition devoted to the influential French art critic, editor, publisher, dealer, and collector Félix Fénéon (1861–1944), on view from March 22 through July 25, 2020. Though largely unknown today and always discreetly behind the scenes in his own era, Fénéon played a key role in the careers of leading artists from Georges Seurat and Paul Signac to Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse, each of whom is featured prominently in the exhibition. Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond traces Fénéon’s career through approximately 150 works that highlight his initiatives to help artists via his reviews, exhibitions, and acquisitions; his commitment to anarchism; his literary engagements; and his contributions to the recognition of non-Western art. Bringing together a selection of major works that Fénéon admired, championed, and collected, alongside contemporary letters, documents, and photographs, the exhibition underscores the tremendous impact he had on the development of modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.