press release

Contemporary African art has never before been shown on such a large scale either in Japan or anywhere else. And, in all likelihood, it never will again. For this exhibition represents a turning point in the history of viewing African art: the point when perspectives shift from being based on a stereotype of Africa as dark, mysterious and homogenous, to a more accurate reflection of the continent’s reality as a collection of scores of individual countries, peoples and traditions. Featuring 84 artists (83 groups) from 25 countries, spanning the length and breadth of the African continent, Africa Remix shows this reality in all its richness and diversity.

This ambitious exhibition is the result of collaboration between Chief Curator Simon Njami as well as Mori Art Museum Director David Elliott and a team of curators from the museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, the Hayward Gallery, London, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. The Mori Art Museum is the last of these museums to host the exhibition, and the only venue in Asia where it will be seen. After Japan the exhibition will tour to Moderna Museet in Sweden and also to the Johannesburg Art Gallery in South Africa.

Africa Remix’s spectrum of 140 works covers painting, drawing, sculpture, assemblage, multi-part installation, photography, video and also, as special features, furniture design and music. All the works shown here have been created within the last 10 years. A number of them were commissioned specially. The exhibition asks fundamental questions about both the art of Africa and our reactions to it. What is contemporary African Art today? How can we describe it and show it? Is there any coherent definition of what it might be? Is the reality close to the stereotype? What will African art become in the future? The exhibition does not set out to give answers but, by focusing on the power of the works themselves, expands our consciousness of both Africa and ourselves by raising these questions. In the Japanese context this exhibition provides a rare and valuable encounter with contemporary African art and culture that will show previously unsuspected levels of innovation and creativity.

A vast array of goods and events are being planned to coincide with the exhibition. A comprehensive illustrated catalog will be published in English and Japanese versions. A companion music CD, featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary African music, will be released through Victor. Meanwhile, in addition to the Museum’s own Public Programs, the French-Japanese Institute of Tokyo will hold “An African Summer,” a series of Africa-related events, including a film program. Finally, in June, leading Senegalese film director Sembène Ousmane’s award winning Moolaadé will be screened at Iwanami Hall.

Organizers: Mori Art Museum, The Yomiuri Shimbun Exhibition planned by: Mori Art Museum, museum-kunst-palest, Hayward Gallery, Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne In Association with: The African Diplomatic Group, l'Ambassade de France au Japon Supported by: French-Japanese Institute of Tokyo Grants received from: The Japan Foundation, Association Française d'Action Artistique, Ministère des Affaires Étrangères (AFAA), Ministry of the Flemish Community, HIVOS (International Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries), Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, Agence intergouvernementale de la Francophonie Corporate Sponsors: Kajima Corporation, agnès b.

Chief Curator: Simon Njami Curatorial Team: David Elliott, Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Jean- Hubert Martin, General Director, museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf; Marie-Laure Bernadac, Senior Curator for Contemporary Art, Musée de Louvre, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris, and Curator, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Roger Malbert, Senior Curator, Hayward Gallery, London

Catalog: 300 pages in Japanese, 224 pages in English

Artists Featured in Africa Remix:

Identity & History Jane ALEXANDER (South Africa) Fernando ALVIM (Angola) Lara BALADI (Egypt / Lebanon) Yto BARRADA (Morocco) Willie BESTER (South Africa) Andries BOTHA (South Africa) Zoulikha BOUABDELLA (Algeria) Soly CISSÉ (Senegal) Marlene DUMAS (South Africa) Ymane FAKHIR (Morocco) Mounir FATMI (Morocco) Samuel FOSSO (Cameroon) Meschac GABA (Benin) William KENTRIDGE (South Africa) Michèle MAGEMA (Democratic Republic of Congo) Abu Bakarr MANSARAY (Sierra Leone) Hassan MUSA (Sudan) Ingrid MWANGI (Kenya) Moataz NASR (Egypt) Aimé NTAKIYICA (Burundi) Zineb SEDIRA (Algeria) Yinka SHONIBARE (Nigeria) Fatimah TUGGAR (Nigeria)

Body & Soul Ghada AMER (Egypt) Joël ANDRIANOMEARISOA (Madagascar) Hicham BENOHOUD (Morocco) Bili BIDJOCKA (Cameroon) Frédéric BRULY BOUABRÉ (Ivory Coast) Paulo CAPELA (Angola) Loulou CHERINET (Ethiopia) Omar D. (Algeria) Cheik DIALLO (Mali) Jackson HLUNGWANI (South Africa) Abdel Ghany KENAWY and Amal KENAWY (Egypt) Abdoulaye KONATÉ (Mali) Goddy LEYE (Cameroon) Georges LILANGA DI NYAMA (Tanzania) Franck K. LUNDANGI (Angola) Myriam MIHINDOU (Gabon) N'Dilo MUTIMA (Angola) Wangechi MUTU (Kenya) Shady EL NOSHOKATY (Egypt) Richard ONYANGO (Kenya) OWUSU-ANKOMAH (Ghana) Eileen PERRIER (Ghana) Tracey ROSE (South Africa) Benyounès SEMTATI (Morocco) Cyprien TOKOUDAGBA (Benin) Ernest WEANGAÏ (Central African Republic)

City & Land Akinbode AKINBIYI (Nigeria) EL ANATSUI (Ghana) Rui ASSUBUJI (Mozambique) Luís BASTO (Mozambique) Mohamed EL BAZ (Morocco) Berry BICKLE (Zimbabwe) Wim BOTHA (South Africa) Chéri CHERIN (Democratic Republic of Congo) Tracey DERRICK (South Africa) Dilomprizulike (Nigeria) Balthazar FAYE (Senegal) Jellel GASTELI (Tunisia) David GOLDBLATT (South Africa) Romuald HAZOUMÉ (Benin) Moshekwa LANGA (South Africa) Ananias LEKI DAGO (Ivory Coast) Titos (Mozambique) Gonçalo MABUNDA (Mozambique) Julie MEHRETU (Ethiopia) Santu MOFOKENG (South Africa) Zwelethu MTHETHWA (South Africa) Sabah NAIM (Egypt) Otobong NKANGA (Nigeria) Antonio OLE (Angola) Rodney PLACE (South Africa) PUME (Democratic Republic of Congo) Chéri SAMBA (Democratic Republic of Congo) Sérgio SANTIMANO (Mozambique) Allan deSOUZA (Kenya) Pascale Marthine TAYOU (Cameroon) Patrice Felix TCHICAYA (Democratic Republic of Congo) Guy TILLIM (South Africa) Barthélémy TOGUO (Cameroon)


only in german

Africa Remix - Contemporary art of a continent
Kuratorenteam: Simon Njami, David Elliott, Roger Malbert, Jean-Hubert Martin, Marie-Laure Bernadac, Alfred Pacquement

Künstler: Georges Adéagbo, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Sunday Jack Akpan, Jane Alexander, Fernando Alvim, Abdel Ghany Kenaway & Amal Kenaway, Ghada Amer, El Anatsui, Joel Andrianomearisoa, Rui Assubuji, Lara Baladi, Luis Basto, Hicham Benohoud, Willie Bester, Zarina Bhimji, Berry Bickle, Bili Bidjocka, Andries Botha, Wim Botha, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Cheri Cherin, Loulou Chérinet, Soly Cisse, Omar D. , Allan deSouza, Cheik Diallo, Dilomprizulike , Marlene Dumas, Mohamed El Baz, Ymane Fakhir, Samuel Fosso, Meschac Gaba, Jellel Gasteli, David Goldblatt, Romuald Hazoume, Jackson Mbhazima Hlungwani, Paulo Kapela, William Kentridge, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Abdoulaye Konate, Moshekwa Langa, Ananias Leki Dago, Goddy Leye, Georges Lilanga Di Nyama, Franck K. Lundangi, Goncalo Mabunda, Michèle Magema, Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Gera Mawi Mazgabu, Julie Mehretu, Myriam Mihindou, Santu Mofokeng, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Hassan Musa, N´Dilo Mutima, Wangechi Mutu, Ingrid Mwangi, Sabah Naim, Moataz Nasr, Otobong Nkanga, Shady El Noshokaty, Aime Ntakiyica, Antonio Ole, Richard Onyango, Owusu-Ankomah, Eileen Perrier, Rodney Place, Francis Pume, Tracey Rose, Chéri Samba, Sergio Santimano, Zineb Sedira, Benyounes Semtati, Yinka Shonibare, Joseph Francis Sumegne, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Patrice Felix Tchicaya, Guy Tillim, Titos , Barthelemy Toguo, Cyprien Tokoudagba, Fatimah Tuggar, Ernest Weangai

24.07.04 – 07.11.04 Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf
10.02.05 – 17.04.05 Hayward Gallery, London
25.05.05 – 15.08.05 Centre Pompidou, Paris
27.05.06 – 31.08.06 Mori Art Museum, Tokio
14.10.06 - 14.01.07 Moderna Museet Stockholm
24.06.07 - 30.09.07 Johannesburg Art Gallery