For the first time, an exhibition retraced 6,000 years of African Art through masterpieces from ancient times to the present, from traditional arts to contemporary art.
It also addresses this art’s influences with great 20th-century masters, including Picasso, Derain, Léger…
This artistic and historical fresco highlights the talent and creativity of the artists of this continent, Nigeria, Benin, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali and Sudan in particular.
A single expert was not enough to cover so broad a theme. Consequently, the Grimaldi Forum Monaco chose to entrust the event to two undisputed international experts in African Art:
For “Traditional Arts”: Ezio Bassani, in collaboration with Artificio Skira, who, in 2004, just completed “Africa, masterpieces from a continent”, a great exhibition in Turin described by the international press as one of the broadest and most complete worldwide.
For “Contemporary Art”: André Magnin, co-organizer of the famous eponymous exhibition “Magicians of the Earth” presented in Paris at the Centre Pompidou and the Grande Halle (1987-1989) and - artistic director and curator of the Contemporary African Art Collection- better known as the Pigozzi Collection, the world’s richest, entirely dedicated to artists of all generations, living and working in Black Africa.
These two co-organizers pool their knowledge to assert, in the setting of the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, all the creative power of Art in Black Africa, in all its forms: drawing, painting, sculpture, installations, photography.