Les Éclaireurs, May, 19th 2017 to January,14th 2018
Avignon will become a showcase for contemporary African art between 19 May 2017 and 14 January 2018. A selection of exceptional works of art from the Fondation Blanchère will be exhibited in heritage sites around the city of Avignon.
Juxtaposing masterworks by leading contemporary African artists with Avignon’s most iconic attractions is a bold gamble.
An unexpected dialogue which you can discover as you wander around the city’s museums.
76 sculptures by 30 artists (5 of whom are women) from Africa and the African diaspora will be on display in the city’s museums including the Palais des Papes, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest Gothic palace in the world.
For example, the cloister of the Petit Palais will be exhibiting Une saison au Sud Soudan (A season in South Sudan) by Diagne Chanel, one of the five female artists featured in the exhibition; a monumental work by Ndary Lo will stand like a beacon on the esplanade of the Palais des Papes; and the Musée Calvet will play host to four works by Ousmane Sow, the great Senegalese sculptor who died in December 2016.