This year the Cobra Museum has a special focus on art from different parts of Africa. We follow the example of a number of Cobra artists in their fascination for African art. In the autumn we present the exhibition Kosmogonie, Zinsou an African art collection with a selection of 130 works of art from 37 artists of different generations from the African continent and France. The Cobra Museum complements this imaginative exhibition with an original program of activities.

Exhibition Cosmogony
Date 07.10.22 - 08.01.23
Curator This exhibition is made possible by Fondation Zinsou
Venue Cobra Museum of Modern Art Amstelveen
All images Courtesy by the artists and Cobra Museum of Modern Art Amstelveen

In the words of founder Marie-Cécile Zinsou, the Zinsou art collection, which originates from Benin, was developed from the desire to “have African countries actively involved in the creation of their own art and to exhibit it for a local audience.” The rapid development of this has ensured that the imagination and associated artistic expressions of contemporary Africa are gaining increasing visibility on the world stage. This recognition has given space to a new generation of artists who are able to find an innovative synthesis between tradition and globalization. The exhibition features sculptures, photography, paintings and installations. The title Cosmogony refers to the teaching of the creation of the cosmos , a conceptwithin which the various themes in the exhibition fall . The work of Cyprien Tokoudogba is a good example of this: his paintings make the link between history, tradition, mythology and customs in a formal minimalism. In addition to established names such as Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Romuald Hazoumè and Chéri Samba, there is a great deal of attention for young artists, creating an image of the modern influences that shape contemporary African art.

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