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.

Specialists

To Discover

Mohamed Melehi and its exceptional works from the Vallée des Roses

Mohamed Melehi and its exceptional works from the Vallée des Roses

At the heart of this 30th May auction will be 11 works by Mohamed Melehi, a great Moroccan artist who died in October 2020 and a central figure in Moroccan art and the history of modernism. From the end of the 1960s, the talent of Mohamed Melehi and Mohamed Chebaa, both of whom were graduates of the Casablanca School of Fine Arts, met that of the architectural duo Patrice de Mazières and Abdesslem Faraoui.

Les artistes du Hangar, aux origines de l’art contemporain africain

Les artistes du Hangar, aux origines de l’art contemporain africain

Le 24 mars prochain, le département Art Contemporain Africain organisera une vente dédiée à l’Art Moderne Africain mettant en avant les artistes du Hangar ayant travaillé dans l’atelier de Pierre Romain-Desfossés au milieu du XXe siècle à Elisabethville. 

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Explore the virtual sales exhibition A Moroccan Winter

Explore the virtual sales exhibition A Moroccan Winter

On 30th December 2020, Artcurial held three major sales at La Mamounia, Marrakech, streamed live in Paris. The sales were dedicated to Majorelle and his Contemporaries, Modern & Contemporary Moroccan & International Art, and Contemporary African Art. Discover the virtual exhibition of these sales in the very heart of La Mamounia.

Looking back at 2020

Looking back at 2020

The year 2020 was notably marked by a number of records and millionaire auctions, such as an important stabile by Alexander Calder sold for €4.9M and the masterpiece the Penitent Magdalene by Salaì, a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci, which sold for €1.7M. Find out more in our video…

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A Moroccan Winter: Orientalist Paintings & African Contemporary Art in Marrakesh

A Moroccan Winter: Orientalist Paintings & African Contemporary Art in Marrakesh

On 30th December 2020, Artcurial will hold three major sales at La Mamounia, Marrakech, streamed live in Paris

Upcoming sales

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                        A Moroccan 
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may
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16:00

N°A3907

A Moroccan
Spring

La Mamounia, Marrakech
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                        African Contemporary Art
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N°4124

African Contemporary Art

Artcurial, Paris