Why Africa?
The Pigozzi Collection
Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin


The Pigozzi Collection, established in 1989, is an ever-evolving set of works by artists from sub-Saharan Africa. The pet project of Jean Pigozzi and art curator André Magnin, the collection strives to bring the African artists it features to international fame. Here, in a special setting envisioned by the renowned designers Ettore Sottsass and Marco Palmieri, one hundred works from the Pigozzi Collection, including drawings, paintings, sculpture, photographs, installations and site-specific works, are on show – some for the first time to date.

Spanning from the current output of living artists back through the precursors of contemporary African art, the show spotlights African art's new status as a complex companion to the usual Western fare. Pioneers from the not-too-distant past such as Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Chéri Samba and Malick Sidibé, George Lilanga and Seydou Keïta, left their mark as artists on those to follow and separated African artistic creation from folklore and decorative postcolonial art by, conversely, tying it in with Western art. Yet the art of sub-Saharan Africa retains its particular sense of place, which makes the show even more trenchant.


October 6, 2007 through February 3, 2008
Via Nizza 230
10126 Turin, Italy
T. +39 011 0062713