Congo Art Works

Popular painting

Temporary exhibition
7 October 2016 - 22 January 2017



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Cheri Cherin, Le chemin de l'exil, Kinshasa, 2004,
HO. 2013.57.1747. RMCA collection Tervuren.
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This exhibition reveals, for the first time in Belgium, part of the collection of historian Bogumil Jewsiewicki (Université Laval, Canada). Recently acquired by the RMCA, the collection was assembled between 1968 and 2011.

Just like music and dance, popular painting is inextricably linked to daily life; and this is also the case in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It gives us an impression of the collective memory and this is clear to see in this exhibition of paintings from 1968-2012. Portraits, landscapes and allegorical paintings alternate with urban scenes, historical figures and critical reflections on religion, politics and social problems. Humour is never far away. Historical objects, photos, drawings and archive footage provide a broader perspective and similarities to older art and other genres from Congo are clearly visible. The meaning behind popular paintings doesn’t seem to be fundamentally different from the role which older art forms played in Congolese society.

Curators: Bambi Ceuppens (RMCA) and Sammy Baloji (artist)


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Practical information : 7 October 2016 - 22 January 2017 / at BOZAR, rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Bruxelles / Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and until 9 on Thursdays / Entrance: 10 € - 8 € (BOZAR-friends)



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  • africamuseum@matonge2016
    from 17 September, an photographic exhibition in Matonge will annouce the exhibition Congo Art Works.
  • Africa Sundays
  • Conferences
    • 08/10/2016: Meet the artists
    • 20/10/2016 and 24/11/2016: Radio Live 'Klay Show' on Radio M'Boté
    • 15/12/2016: Conference by Dirk Huylebrouck Afrikaans perspectief, Perspective africaine (in Dutch and French)
    • 12/01/2017: Conference by Sandrine Colard Photographie d'intérieurs bourgeois coloniaux : Portrait de l'évolué dans les années 1950 (in French)
    • 19/01/2017 : Conference by Yasmine Van Pee, Albert Lubaki et Gaston-Denys Périer : over de hedendaagsheid van Afrikaanse kunst (in Dutch)
  • Creative tour for kids
    • for kids from 8 to 12 (extracurricular)
    • duration: 2h (1h in the exhibition + 1h in AfricaMuseum@BOZAR)
    • maximum 15 kids
    • cost: 80 € on weekdays / 85 € on weekends + entrance exhibition: 1€/kid
    • on demand: or 02 769 52 00
  • Guided tours for groups
    • in English, French or Dutch
    • duration: 1h30
    • maximum 15 participants
    • cost: 80 € on weekdays / 100 € on weekends and evenings (as from 5.30 p.m.) + entrance exhibition
    • on demand: or 02 769 52 00



by Bambi Ceuppens and Sammy Baloji



ISBN EN: 978-2-87386- 991-5, 155 x 180 mm, paperback, cover with flaps, series « Collections of the RMCA », 192 p. ; about 130 photos, 19,50 euro.
Publishers: Royal Museum for Central Africa & Lannoo

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This exhibition is a collaboration with     logo-bozar-brussels


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