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"Magiciens de la Terre" Exhibition Catalog

Updated: Apr 25, 2023

In 1989, the exhibition "Magiciens de la terre" was held at the Centre Georges Pompidou in the wake of the "Primitivism" exhibition at MOMA. This groundbreaking international exhibition, which featured half Western and half non-Western artists, attempted to correct the problem that "100 percent of exhibitions ignore 80 percent of the earth." The catalog, which introduces 114 artists and their works, including Tokudagba, whose works are a part of the collection on the website, and also four artists from Japan, including Tatsuo Kawaguchi and Hiroshi Teshigahara. At the end of the catalog is a message from the exhibition's curator, Jean-Hubert Martin, who asks, "Will an initiative from the Southern Hemisphere, especially from the Pacific region, which is still distant to many, succeed in finally making the contemporary art world aware of its relativity?"

Beginning with the experimental attempt made under the overwhelming presence of the Western art world, as of 2023, the Black Art movement's women artists have gained recognition led by Lubaina Himid and Sonia Dawn Boyce, who won the Golden Lion Award at La Biennale di Venezia 2022.


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