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Les Eclaireurs - Avignon becomes the capital of contemporary African art

OpenFrom 19 May 2017 to 14 January 2018
The City of Avignon displays outstanding works from the Blachère Foundation. Master works by the greatest contemporary African artists enter into unexpected dialogue throughout the city. Discover the enlightened solar nature of the great contemporary African artists who take over the Papal city and its majestic palace of stone as you explore Avignon and its museums.
For the first time in the history of the city and of the foundation, seventy-six sculptures by thirty artists from Africa and the African diaspora will be exhibited in Avignon museums including the Palace of the Popes, the largest Gothic palace in the world and UNESCO World Heritage.


The Palace of the Popes, in partnership with Avignon Tourisme, is the setting for works such as Confluences, monumental metallic tapestry by Ghana artist El Anatsui, Egg Fight, large installation by the Anglo-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE and Solipsis by South African artist Wim Botha.
The long lean silhouettes in concrete wire by Senegal sculptor Ndary Lo form a whole in the Benedict XII Cloister, paying tribute to one of the very first artists in the collection.
Two works by Moustapha Dimé, Senegalese artist from the isle of Gorea, are displayed in the Grand Tinel, inside the Palace of the Popes.
The cloister inside the Petit Palais is the setting for Diagne Chanel, one of the five women artists in the show, with A Season in South Sudan.
And on the esplanade in front of the Palace of the Popes, a monumental work by Ndary Lo stands forth like a signal.
The Calvet museum displays four works by the great sculptor from Senegal, Ousmane Sow, who died in December 2016.
The Lapidaire museum is home to a life-size elephant in the centre of a visual installation by South African artist Andries Botha.


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