“Alpha Crucis, Contemporary African Art” exhibition at Astrup Fearnley Museet

January 31, 2020 — May 17, 2020

Gervanne and Matthias Leridon Collection support the exhibition through the loan of major artists’ artworks from the African continent.

The monumental installation «Galaxie, ville du futur», commissioned by Leridon Collection to the artist Rigobert Nimi has been exhibited for the first time at the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo. Created between 2015 and 2017, the artwork is entirely composed of recycled materials (aluminium, wood, metal and plastic) and electric materials.

Installation view of Rigobert NIMI’s artwork « Galaxie, ville du futur ». Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020 ©Rigobert Nimi, courtesy Collection Leridon
Rigobert NIMI in front of his artwork « Galaxie, ville du futur »
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020

Billie Zangewa‘s artworks “The Rebirth of the Black Venus » and “White Christmas” as well as Nicholas HloboNalo ikhwezi alinyulu”  ribbon on canvas are also part of this exhibition.

Nicholas Hlobo “Nalo ikhwezi alinyulu”, 2015. Ribbon on canvas
©Nicholas Hlobo, courtesy Collection Leridon
Exhibition view of “Nalo ikhwezi alinyulu»’s artwork, Nicholas Hlobo.
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020
©Nicholas Hlobo, courtesy Collection Leridon
Billie Zangewa in front of her work “the Rebirth of the Black Venus”. Astrup Fearnley MLuseet, Oslo – January 2020
Installation View of “The Rebirth of the Black Venus », Billie Zangewa,
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020
©Billie Zangewa, courtesy Collection Leridon

The exhibition “Alpha Crucis, Contemporary African Art” curated by André Magnin is presented at the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo. The title of the exhibition refers to the brightest star in the constellation of the Southern Cross, located in the Milky Way. This major exhibition on contemporary art from Africa features works that illustrate the diversity and originality of artists living and working in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Alpha Crucis is the last chapter in a series of exhibitions launched in 2005 by Director Gunnar B. Kvaran that have explored art scenes in different countries and continents. The exhibitions have covered the US, Brazil, India, China, Europe, and now Africa.

Installation view of Rigobert NIMI’s artwork « Galaxie, ville du futur ». Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo – January 2020 ©Rigobert Nimi, courtesy Collection Leridon

Participating Artists: Seni Awa Camara (1945, Senegal), Omar Victor Diop (1980, Senegal), John Goba (1944–2019, Sierra Leone), Kay Hassan (1956, South Africa), Romuald Hazoumè (1962, Benin), Nicholas Hlobo (1975,South Africa), Lebohang Kganye (1990, South Africa), Houston Maludi (1978, DR Congo), Abu Bakarr Mansaray (1970, Sierra Leone), Senzeni Marasela (1977, South Africa), JP Mika (1980, DR Congo), Fabrice Monteiro (1972, Belgium), Rigobert Nimi (1965, DR Congo), Wura-Natasha Ogunji (1970,USA), Chéri Samba (1956, DR Congo), Amadou Sanogo (1977, Mali), Billie Zangewa (1973, South Africa).

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