Romuald Hazoumèロミュアル・ハズメ

On the Road to Porto-Novo

Kondaya Genbei Kurogura
10:00 – 18:00|Closed day: Tuesdays(except for 5/1)

※ The door is closed 30 minutes before.
* Admission free till junior high school age.
* Disabled people with one companion are free upon presenting Disabled Person’s Handbook or an equivalent form of government issued identification.

Admission Fee: ¥800 / Students(University, High school, Vocational) ¥600

Romuald Hazoumè, Aladé, 2016 © Romuald Hazoumè. Courtesy October Gallery, London.

Romuald Hazoumè, Croissant de lune, 2004 © Romuald Hazoumè. Courtesy October Gallery, London.

Romuald Hazoumè, Pied a terre, 2004 © Romuald Hazoumè. Courtesy October Gallery, London.

Romuald Hazoumè (b. 1962, Porto-Novo, Benin), one of Africa’s foremost contemporary artists, received the prestigious Arnold Bode Award at documenta 12 (2007). In centuries past, Benin played a major role in the bitter history of the international slave trade, and Hazoumè’s work reflects on the way legacies of such historically asymmetric power relations survive into the present. This exhibition presents two series of photographic works and installations as metaphors of African place, history and identity. One photographic series documents the incredible realities of the petrol-trafficking network that keeps Benin’s vehicles fuelled and its struggling economy afloat. A second series portrays an entirely different world of colourfully costumed masqueraders who incarnate Egungun ancestor figures in a voodoo ritual that showers blessings upon individuals, families and communities alike. This is Hazoumè’s first solo exhibition in Japan.
Romuald Hazoumè
Born in 1962 in Porto-Novo, the Republic of Benin. Hazoumè received great acclaim for his ironically humorous series “masks”, presented in Out of Africa: Contemporary African Artists from the Pigozzi Collection, at the Saatchi Gallery, London, in 1992. Since then, his work has been exhibited in major galleries and museums throughout the world, including the British Museum, the Centre Pompidou (Paris), ICP (New York), the Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and the Louis Vuitton Foundation (Paris). In 2007, Hazoumè received the prestigious Arnold Bode Prize at documenta 12, and is today recognised internationally as one of Africa’s leading contemporary artists. In 2009, his exhibition Made in Porto-Novo at October Gallery (London) attracted much media interest, both from the BBC and the Financial Times. Hazoumè continues to produce provocative works in a wide variety of media, including photographs, masks, canvases, film and sculptural installations.
Kondaya Genbei Kurogura
Kondaya-oku, Nishigawa, Sanjo-sagaru, Muromachi-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8165
Subway Karasuma Line or Tozai Line ”Karasuma Oike” station. 4 min on foot from exit 6

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