Exploring a Century of Art From Congo

The New York Times | Rachel Donadio:


Paris — The art practically leaps off the walls. A striking painting of President Obama, Nelson Mandela and Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese leader who was assassinated in 1961. Luscious black-and-white photographs of 1950s night life in Léopoldville, now Kinshasa. Whimsical watercolors from the 1930s.


“Yes One Must Think,” a painting by Chéri Samba, depicts President Obama, Patrice Lumumba and Nelson Mandela. It’s part of an exhibition at the Cartier Foundation in Paris. Credit André Morin 

These are among 350 works by 41 artists in “Beauté Congo,” an electric, eye-opening survey of art from Congo from 1926-2015 at the Cartier Foundation here that offers a window into a dynamic art scene not often showcased in Western museums…


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