march, 2022

202213mar12:00 am13aug11:59 pmMoMA Museum of Modern Art | 03/13/22 - 08/13/22 | World Unbound | Frédéric Bruly Bouabré | Midtown

Time

March 13 (Sunday) 12:00 am - August 13 (Saturday) 11:59 pm

Location

MoMA Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53 Street New York NY 10019 United States

Organizer

MoMA Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53 Street New York NY 10019 United States

Event Details

Art Exhbition
MoMA Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street New York NY 10019 United States

03/13/22-08/13/22

Devoting his life to a quest for knowledge Bouabré captured and codified subjects from a range of sources including cultural traditions folklore religious and spiritual belief systems philosophy and popular culture. “I do not work from my imagination” he once said. “I observe and what I see delights me.”
The first survey of Bouabré’s work and the first exhibition at MoMA devoted to an Ivorian artist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré: World Unbound spans the artist’s immense production from the 1970s until his death in 2014. A highlight of the exhibition is the Alphabet Bété—Bouabré’s invention of the first writing system for the Bété people an ethnic group in present-day Côte d’Ivoire to which the artist belonged. Also on view are hundreds of postcard-size illustrations that he drew on cardboard packages of hair products he salvaged from his neighborhood in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital. Tracing the arc of Bouabré’s inventiveness—from the creation of his first writings and drawings focused on the the culture of the Bété to scenes from everyday life exploring broader themes of democracy women’s rights and current affairs—the exhibition celebrates his commitment to collecting preserving and sharing knowledge as a way of understanding the world around us.

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