An African spring in Paris

Art Paris Art Fair will be exploring African art this spring through a program of videos, symposiums and special projects. Six museums and galleries around the capital will also be shedding light on the continent’s creative talent.

This spring Art Paris Art Fair will be joined by museums and foundations across the capital in a celebration of all things African. “We’re providing space for more than twenty African galleries, and a dozen Western galleries, like Daniel Templon and André Magnin, who have selected African artists,” explains Guillaume Piens, the creative director of Art Paris Art Fair. “The idea is to change the way people think about African art, which includes challenging the notion of exoticism. Most artists don’t feel like African artists any more. They see themselves as part of the wider world. They identify as African, but they’re central to art today. The Africa of recycled objects and photography belongs to the past.” Today, animated images and experimentation are what the continent is all about.

The musée Dapper which has an exceptional collection of African art, has extended its “African masterworks” exhibition of one hundred and thirty pieces, many unique and some of international importance, until June 17.


Most artists don’t feel like African artists any more

La Villette is organizing an African festival with a program including theater, dance, music, fashion, design and even the culinary arts! The highpoint? The “Afriques Capitales” exhibition exploring the continent’s major cities from March 29 to May 21.

Le musée du quai Branly has chosen to focus on the continent’s history in “African Routes” – a panorama of a continent at the crossroads of different worlds as a counter-current to received ideas.

Le musée de la Chasse et de la Nature is presenting the creations of South Africa-born photographer Roger Ballen.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton, will be showcasing works from the collection of André Magnin for “Art/Africa. New workshop”, a fascinating overview of contemporary African art from 1989 to 2009.

Lastly, “Le Jour qui vient” at the super trendy Galerie des Galeries will put the spotlight on a new generation of artists from the continent and among the African diaspora.

Au programme

ART PARIS ART FAIR 2017. Grand Palais, av. Winston Churchill, 8th. March 30 to April 2.

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature. 62, rue des Archives, 3rd. Until June 4. www.chassenature.org

Musée du quai Branly. 37, quai Branly, 7th. Until November 12. www.quaibranly.fr

La Galerie des Galeries. Level 1. Galeries Lafayette. 40, bd Haussmann, 9th. March 28 to June 10. www.galeriedesgaleries.com

Musée Dapper. 35 bis, rue Paul Valéry, 16th. Until June 17. www.dapper.fr

Fondation Louis Vuitton. 8, av. du Mahatma Gandhi, 16th. www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

Grande Halle de La Villette. 221, avenue Jean-Jaurès, 19th.
• Festival 100% Afriques. March 23 to May 28
• “Afriques Capitales”. March 29 to May 21.

By Anne Kerner. Photos : Header : Sammy Rawal / Animal : Roger Ballen et Hans Lemmen. Collection privée - Published the

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