Contemporary African art will take over the the mesmerizing glass ship by Frank Gehry, the Louis Vuitton Foundation. The foundation’s curators work on displaying more art from lesser-known art scenes to propose an alternative to the overall eurocentric art exhibitions as well as Western art classes.

After showing Chinese contemporary art during the fall/winter season, African art is now being exhibited for the spring/summer season. The ‘Art/Africa, le nouvel atelier’ exhibition will feature art works from the permanent collection as well as lent art pieces and will be divided in three different exhibitions at the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

Seydou Keyta

The first section ‘The Insiders’ is featuring art pieces from Jean Pigozzi’s personal collection who collected art alongside André Magnin travelling the continent and forging personal relationships with the artists. It will feature art pieces from 1989 to 2009 by fifteen iconic African artists.

John Goba

‘Being There’, the second part of the exhibition shows art works by artists from South Africa’s contemporary scene. This art scene is particularly dynamic, dwelling with the aftermath of the apartheid and exploring ways to express what they experienced though various media. Their own subjectivity towards how they view their country today in its new position on a worldwide scale is primal to their art.


Finally ‘Africa’ is made up with art pieces from the Louis Vuitton Foundation itself. It highlights works by African artists that emigrated and Afro-American artsist too as well as artists working on the African continent.

A series of events and activities will be proposed alongside the three parts of the exhibition with music, poetry and cinema programs.

J.D. Okhai Ojeikere

Art/Africa, le nouvel atelier at the Louis Vuitton Foundation – 26 April to 28 August 2017. Tickets here.

All picture from the vernissage of the exhibition are taken from the Art à Paris Instagram account

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