Paris, La Maison de l’Afrique

Painter and sculptor Rachid Khimoune is a French native with North African roots; he has been exhibiting since 1975 and has received numerous accolades from the French government, including Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2007) and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (2002), though more recently he has begun exhibiting his work in Shanghai and Dubai.

At first glance, his masks, which comprise his “Bestiary” as he calls it, appear to be of genuinely tribal origins. Upon further inspection, they are composed of objects from every day modern life: one work, entitled Reine de la Nuit (Queen of the Night), features the base of an Eiffel tower reproduction coming out of the head of a creature, itself a common plastic container. Another, Les Enfants du Monde (Children of the World) was a 2001 sculptural open-air installation in Paris, which brought his work to international acclaim. The artist says he reformulates “the skin of the streets”, encouraging those who view his work to see differently.

February 1st through April 28, 2010
90 rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris
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