Giving exeptional and rare insight into modern art of the Democratic Republic of Congo – from its starts in the 1920s to today – Fondation Cartier is tracing nearly a century of artistic production of this Nation. The show focuses not only on painting but also convenes important works of photography, sculpture, drawing and comic providing the public with an opportunity to discover a vibrant and diverse creative scene.
Special contribution is made by a nomadic nights programme in conjunction with the exhibition „Beaute Congo 1926 – 2015 Congo Kitoko“ featuring performing arts events highlighting Congolese contemporary music and dance throughout the duration of the show.
Popular and widely known painters like Cheri Samba, Cheri Cherin or Moke have started their carreers with the groundbreaking exhibition „Art Partout“, presented in Kinshasa in 1978 revealing to the broader audience the inventive and distinctive styles of an artistic world that had long been underreported.
They developed a new approach to figurative painting inspired by daily political and social events as well as common struggles that were easily recognizable by their fellow citizens and would present a narrative of their own. Moving on from there „Beaute Congo“ offers us now a rich and extraordinarily vital array of the creative spirit of the Democratic Republic of Congo as we see it today.
BEAUTE CONGO 1926 – 2015 CONGO KITOKO ongoingthrough 15 November FONDATION CARTIER PARIS fondation.cartier.com