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The Museum of Modern Art Receives Transformative Gift of African Contemporary Art from Collector Jean Pigozzi

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The Museum of Modern Art announces a major gift of 45 works of African contemporary art from the prolific collector Jean Pigozzi. The gift includes a selection of sculptures by Romuald Hazoumè (Beninese, born 1962) and Bodys Isek Kingelez (Congolese, 1948–2015); paintings by Moké (Congolese, 1950–2001) and Chéri Samba (Congolese, born 1956); an extraordinary group of photographs by artists such as Seydou Keïta (Malian, 1923–2001), Ambroise Ngaimoko/Studio 3Z (Congolese, born Angola. 1949), and Jean Depara (Congolese, born Angola. 1928–1997); drawings by the mystic Gedewon (Ethiopian, 1939–1995) and Abu Bakarr Mansaray (Sierra Leonian, born 1970); and one of the landmark works of the 20th century: Alphabet bété (1991), a pictographic alphabet of 449 syllables by Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (Ivorian, 1923–2014) that the artist hoped would be a new tool for universal communication. This gift makes MoMA a unique institutional leader in this aspect of contemporary African art.

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Jean Depara (Congolese, born Angola 1928-1997). Les musiciens (The Musicians). 1975. Gelatin silver print, printed later, 19 11/16 × 23 5/8″ (50 × 60 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York.  CAAC-The Pigozzi Collection. Gift of Jean Pigozzi, 2019. Photo courtesy The Museum of Modern Art.

Bodys Isek Kingelez (Congolese, 1948-2015). U.N. 1995. Paper, paperboard, and other various materials, 35 13/16 × 29 1/8 × 20 7/8″ (91 × 74 × 53 cm), irreg.  The Museum of Modern Art, New York. CAAC-The Pigozzi Collection. Gift of Jean Pigozzi, 2019. © 2019 Estate Bodys Isek Kingelez / Photo: Maurice Aeschimann. Courtesy CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection

Chéri Samba (Congolese, born 1956). Water Problem. 2004. Acrylic on canvas,53 1/8 × 78 3/4″ (135 × 200 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. CAAC-The Pigozzi Collection. Promised gift of Jean Pigozzi, 2019. Photo courtesy CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection