January 31 – September 6, 2020
The exhibition Alpha Crucis, Contemporary African Art, curated by André Magnin, goes on display at the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo. The exhibition title was inspired by the brightest star in the Southern Cross constellation of the Milky Way. This influential exhibition on contemporary African art features works that illustrate the diversity and originality of artists living and working in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Gervanne and Matthias Leridon Collection is proud to support the exhibition Alpha Crucis, Contemporary African Art – curated by André Magnin – by providing works from prominent African artists. The massive installation, “Galaxie, Ville du Futur” (Galaxy, City of the Future), commissioned by the Leridon Collection from artist Rigobert Nimi went on display for the first time at Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo. The work was created between 2015 and 2017 and is composed entirely of recycled (aluminum sheets, wood, steel, plastic) and electrical materials.
Billie Zangewa’s “The Rebirth of the Black Venus” and “White Christmas,” as well as Nicholas Hlobo’s “Nalo ikhwezi alinyulu,” are also part of the exhibition.
Alpha Crucis, Contemporary African Art is the latest 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 United States, Brazil, India, China, Europe, and now Africa.
Artists featured in the exhibition:
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).