Contemporary African Art

Contemporary African Art

Contemporary African Art has been showcased in recent years by numerous large institutions, museums and foundations around the world. Artists are enjoying increasing and sustained international recognition, as demonstrated by the numerous specialist trade fairs that have sprung up in Africa, Europe and the United States.

Artcurial blazed a trail as early as 2010, in Paris, when it held its first sale dedicated to Contemporary African Art, with 65 artists representing 24 nationalities.

In 2017, the house decided to hold, at one of its twin-site sales, Paris#Marrakech, African Spirit, focusing on Contemporary African Art. Taking place in Marrakech, it benefited from the dynamism of the Red City, which is attracting growing numbers of collectors from Morocco, Europe, America and the Middle East. A new edition was held in 2018, enabling the department to set, in the space of two years, no fewer than 12 world records for artists such as Bodys Isek Kingelez, Malick Sidibé, Omar Victor Diop, Abdoulaye Konaté and Seydou Keïta.

A genuine cultural hub in Africa, Morocco is now an essential place for promoting and developing the African scene. Artcurial holds two sales there every year, with the aim of presenting high-quality works by established artists and by fresh talent.

With the recent arrival of Christophe Person at the head of the department, resolutely committed to the promotion and enhancement of creation in Africa, the team of specialists aims to make a growing number of collectors aware of the richness and diversity of modern and contemporary artistic creation in Africa and the Diaspora.

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Contemporary African Art: The female model, a mirror of African identities

Contemporary African Art: The female model, a mirror of African identities

On 31st May, the Contemporary African Art department will present a set of works that pay tribute to the female model. Numerous artists from the African contemporary scene will also be highlighted, such as Godwin Champs Namuyimba, Omar Ba, Barthélémy Toguo, Aboudia, Joseph Ntensibe, Jordan Tchoffo, and Peter Ngugi.

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Artcurial opens its cultural events programme with an exhibition dedicated to nature

Artcurial opens its cultural events programme with an exhibition dedicated to nature

From 5th to 10th April, Artcurial showcases a contemporary African art exhibition. Entitled A Flamboyant tribute to nature, the exhibition curated by Azu Nwagbogu gathers artworks from private collections by Pilipili Mulongoy and Joseph Ntensibe, two artists who give a paramount importance to nature in their creative process.

A Moroccan Winter: Great success for the sale which totalled €5,15M

A Moroccan Winter: Great success for the sale which totalled €5,15M

The 5th edition of the A Morrocan Winter sale, which was held on Thursday 30th December 2021 at La Mamounia, Marrakech, was a great success, totalling €5.15m.

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A Moroccan Winter: a wide and eclectic auction

A Moroccan Winter: a wide and eclectic auction

On 30th December, Artcurial Morocco held its prestigious sales A Moroccan Winter at LaMamounia, Marrakech, with broadcast in Paris. This auctions highlighted : Majorelle & his Contemporaries, Modern & Contemporary Art as well as Contemporary African Art.

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Artcurial supports contemporary African sculpture through its partnership with BISO

Artcurial supports contemporary African sculpture through its partnership with BISO

Created in 2019 by Nyaba Ouédraogo, photographer, and Christophe Person, Director of the Artcurial African Contemporary Art department, BISO is the first biennal devoted exclusively to contemporary sculpture on the African continent.