December 5th 2019 > May 2nd 2020 / prolonged exhibition
For this new exhibition, the Fondation Blachère presents a selection of ancient iron objects from a private collection and contemporary artworks from Collection Blachère, curated by Jean Michel Massing, Fellow of King’s College of University of Cambridge.
The aim of this exhibition is not to reflect the whole range of iron objects and sculptures from Africa, as it is in the ambitious exhibition « Frapper le fer » of the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. It is a question to compare the elegance and the simplicity of the forms of traditional African iron metallurgy (currencies, staffs, weapons, shields, etc.) with modern and contemporary African sculptures in the same medium.
The relationship between the ancient and the modern is complemented by recent iron sculptures by two young artists from Benin invited for a creation workshop in Fondation Blachère earlier this year, Marius Dansou and Rémy Samuz. Drawings by Soly Cissé, photographs by J. D. Okhai Ojeikere, prints on Dibon by Mansour Ciss but also Confluences by El Anatsui, a blazing wall sculpture made of aluminium strips and copper threads which refer to Ghanaian Kente textiles, as well as Alexis Peskine’s Dexu Adüna, a profound portrait literally nailed into black wooden planks, are included as discreet resonances to the iron sculptures of the exhibition, both ancient and contemporary.
This exhibition in Apt includes the art centre of the Fondation Blachère, the painted exterior walls of the building, the garden treated as a sculpture park and the place Gabriel Péri in Apt with the Prière universelle by Ndary Lo, already presented on the parvis of the Palais des Papes in Avignon in 2017.
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