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The birth of a Contemporary African art market

Contemporary Art | In 1989, Les Magiciens de la terre was presented at the Grandes Halles de la Villette and the Centre Pompidou, triggering a strong polemic in the art world; it was the first time an exhibition welcomed unknown artists from all continents while trying to avoid any post-colonial influence.

Chéri Samba, La Destruction du monde par l’homme © Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris & Chéri Samba
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Chéri Samba, La Destruction du monde par l’homme
© Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris & Chéri Samba

Of one hundred artists who participated, sixteen were African, including Frédéric Bruly Bouabré and Chéri Samba; who worked side by side with artists from the Western avant-garde. The gathering seemed to recreate in a poetic way ‘the global village’ concept described in 1967 by Canadian sociologist Herbert Marshall McLuhan, while anticipating the globalized art market in the frame of a pioneering exhibition.

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Chéri Samba, La Destruction du monde par l’homme © Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris & Chéri Samba Exposition Beauté Congo at Fondation Cartier © Fondation Cartier Foire 1:54 at Pioneer Works NY 2015 © Pioneer Works NY 2015 Vue de l’exposition Making Africa A Continent of Contemporary Design © Vitra Design Museum, Mark Niedermann

Chéri Samba, La Destruction du monde par l’homme
© Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris & Chéri Samba

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