du 26 avril au 4 septembre 2017

Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier - Fondation Louis Vuitton, P A R I S

general mood:

Naïve art, also spelled naïf art, work of artists in sophisticated societies who lack or reject conventional expertise in the representation or depiction of real objects. Naïve artists are not to be confused with hobbyists, or “Sunday painters,” who paint for fun. The naïve creates with the same passion as the trained artist but without the latter’s formal knowledge of methods. “ def. by https://www.britannica.com/art/naive-art

 - le nouvel atelier is the union of two exhibitions : THE INSIDERS  &  BEING THERE

/ / /  les INITIES = the INSIDERS

I N S P I R A T I O N  :  recalling – “Magiciens de la Terre (1989 Centre Pompidou) wanted to do away with the monopoly of European-American art and its narcissistic perspective. Instead, the exhibition was to describe artistic practice as a universal and spiritual phenomenon in a global world.” http://www.contemporaryand.com/magazines/magiciens-de-la-terre/

E N C O U R A G I N G  N E W  V O I C E S  –  Andre Magnin, the assistant curator of this exhibition was asked to assemble a collection dedicated to self-taught artists, working in sub-Saharan Africa. 15 emblematic artists are showcased, “all are heirs to unique spiritual, scientific andtechnical wisdom and give from their worlds across a variety of media and through a broad expressive palette.” source http://www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/en/expositions/art_afrique_le_nouvel_atelier.html


THE MAKERS or how to build a reality from history and culture? art afrique

1958 Benin / / / Lives and works in Porto-Novo / / / For his art he uses new objects, made in China, resulting from regular consumption ) Faces that are born from unbridled imagination.

Personally I was impressed by the power of the imaginary!

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Bodys Isek Kingelez and its architectural project / / / a dream city  / / / Inspired by his desire to “contribute to the future of Africa”.

General overview:

Mixed media / / / Mixed knowledge / / / Creativity comes from unlikely juxtaposition

Conclusion / Future Vision:

A bold manifesto, celebrating individuality of ones culture and self expression. Off-beat colours and naratives that shift your beliefs and make you commit to the NEW : move into FANTASY!

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From North to South, to West, random experiences: genius loci, retail and tales of people.


The ease of Copenhagen versus the heaviness of Florence – there is something of the future coming from the past / Looking back to what history provided at its best – take it as inspiration.

  • Copenhagen February 2017 – retail spaces stimulate the 5 senses.

Clothes are featured in window shops and indoors like art pieces in a museum. Very well curated styles, clear vision and taste.


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Retail Space in Copenhagen  / / / Centre Pompidou Paris

” At the MUSEUM store you can make precious finds from previous collections from Wood Wood and other brands. The artifacts in Wood Wood MUSEUM are collected from our locations in Berlin, Aarhus and Copenhagen, hence you can discover items new to the city in the store.” 

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  • Florence June 2017 – Mona Lisa, Madonna!

Florence also has an interesting art and retail (sort of) mix. I was impressed by the coherence of the message and the way it was delivered all over the city.IMG_3578Florence – library window display / / / Florence – Louis Vuitton window display

[…] I took 2 photos that day. While I was out rushing to get to Pitti Uomo Fair, a Mona Lisa cover book popped out in a library window and I felt like taking a picture. After the expo I visited the Bill Viola mostra – Rinascimento Elettronico, which was all about Renaissance (same artistic period Mona Lisa was painted) and the digital era. I was impressed by Viola’s works and their message and coming out of the Palazzo Strozzi I found myself sitting in front of a Louis Vuitton window shop with a couple of Renaissance visual elements and… a huge Mona Lisa background!


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CROSSOVER/S Milano June 2017 – Pirelli Hangar Bicocca Art Center

  • Trend spotting – Common Grounds (Common Grounds Art Installation).  “An installation of 178 doormats given through an exchange to the artist by some Krakow’s inhabitants that compose a unique walkable surface”, a SINGULAR multicultural doormat.


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