Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Breath of Africa at the Viaduc des Arts

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Aude Minart of La Galerie Africaine has mounted yet another incredible exposition of African / Diaspora art. Called Souffle d'Afrique (Breath of Africa), it showcases paintings, sculpture, textiles, and other items created by artists from Guadeloupe to Sudan. You must act quickly to see it - the show opened on Tuesday, March 8 and will only last until Sunday, March 13.

You may recall the exposition that I featured in the October 20, 2010 posting called A Passion for African Art. In that article, you saw photos of works by sculptress Marie B and painter Camara Gueye. Souffle d'Afrique features new works by these artists, several extraordinary paintings by Sudanese artist Islam Zaim Alabdeen, and much more.

Souffle d'Afrique is being shown at the Viaduc des Arts. The stone walls and lofty ceiling at street level are the perfect setting for life-sized sculptures and large paintings, while a second, basement room provide a more intimate atmosphere for viewing works.

Here's a sneak peak at what you'll see at this exposition:

Grand couple
Niko (France-Benin)
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Les Veilleurs
Marie B (Guadeloupe)
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Painting by Islam Zaim Alabdeen (Sudan)
Sculpture - Dan couple (Côte d'Ivoire)
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Bronze works (Lost-wax casting; Nigeria and Benin)
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TAZ (Burkina Faso)
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Brunch will be offered on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 at 12 noon.

If you are in Paris, don't miss this exhibit!

Viaduc des Arts
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Viaduc des Arts
57, avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris
Metro: Gare de Lyon (Line 1, RER A), Ledru Rollin (Line 8)
Hours: everyday until Sunday, March 13 from 11 AM to 7 PM
Free entry.

La Galerie Africaine – Visibilité Noire
Contact: Aude Minart –


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