Fondation Cartier, Paris
April 5 – September 25, 2011
261 Boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris
+33 1 42 18 56 50

“For the primitive arts and most notably for Vodun, there is Jacques Kerchache and only him.”
- André Malraux (1901-1976), the French adventurer, award-winning author and politician.

The Fondation Cartier is presenting ffor the first time an exceptional group of Vodun sculptures from the collection Anne and Jacques Kerchache, in a scenography conceived by Enzo Mari, one of the great masters of Italian design. Bringing together nearly one hundred bocio and including works that now belong to other private collectors, Vodun: African Voodoo is the first major exhibition devoted uniquely to this West African sculptural tradition. Organized in close collaboration with Anne Kerchache (today Mrs Kamal Douaoui), the exhibition also reveals the personal notes, letters and photographs of Jacques Kerchache, that relate his travels to Africa, his research on Vodun, and his projects for presenting the Primitive Arts in French museums. The presentation of archive film footage of the expeditions of Jacques Kerchache situates Vodun within its context, providing the visitor with a deeper understanding of an art that reflects the timeless and universal concerns of humanity. Timed to coincide with the tenth anniversary of Kerchache’s death, the exhibition pays homage to this great expert and explorer known for his exacting eye, a connoisseur of both primitive and contemporary art.