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VAUDOU (VODUN: AFRICAN VOODOO)

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VAUDOU (VODUN: AFRICAN VOODOO)

261, boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris
France
April 5th, 2011 - September 25th, 2011

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://fondation.cartier.com/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
14th Arrondissement
EMAIL:  
Grazia.Quaroni@fondation.cartier.com
PHONE:  
+33 (0)1.42.18.56.50
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 9 pm / open Tuesday evenings until 10pm
TAGS:  
sculpture

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« POUR LES ARTS PRIMITIFS, ET NOTAMMENT POUR LE VAUDOU, IL Y A JACQUES KERCHACHE, ET IL N’Y A QUE LUI. » ANDRÉ MALRAUX

La Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain présentera pour la première fois au public un ensemble exceptionnel d’objets vaudou issus de la collection Anne et Jacques Kerchache dans une scénographie conçue par Enzo Mari, l’un des grands maîtres du design industriel italien. L’exposition est organisée avec la complicité d’Anne Kerchache – aujourd’hui Madame Kamal Douaoui – qui fut l’épouse de Jacques Kerchache jusqu’à son décès en 2001.

Jacques Kerchache et la Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
Conseiller artistique et commissaire d’expositions, Jacques Kerchache était un ardent défenseur des arts premiers et a œuvré pour leur entrée dans les collections d’importants musées français. C’est à son initiative qu’ont été créés le Pavillon des Sessions du Louvre en 2001 et le musée du quai Branly en 2006. Jacques Kerchache a également collaboré avec la Fondation Cartier à de nombreuses occasions, tout d’abord sur les expositions thématiques À visage découvert (1992) et être nature (1998), mais aussi sur l’exposition personnelle de l’artiste haïtien Patrick Vilaire, Réflexion sur la mort (1997).

L’exposition vaudou
À la suite de ces collaborations, Jacques Kerchache et la Fondation Cartier ont souhaité organiser une exposition dédiée à la statuaire vaudou, mais ce projet a été suspendu suite à son décès en 2001. C’est donc à l’occasion du dixième anniversaire de

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“FOR THE PRIMITIVE ARTS AND MOST NOTABLY FOR VODUN, THERE IS JACQUES KERCHACHE AND ONLY HIM.” ANDRÉ MALRAUX

The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will present for the first time an exceptional group of vodun objects from the collection Anne and Jacques Kerchache, in a scenography conceived by Enzo Mari, one of the great masters of Italian industrial design. The exhibition is organized in close collaboration with Anne Kerchache—today Mrs. Kamal Douaoui—who was the wife of Jacques Kerchache until his death in 2001.

Jacques Kerchache and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
An artistic advisor and curator of exhibitions, Jacques Kerchache was a strong advocate of the Primitive Arts, promoting their entry into important French museum collections. It was under his initiative that the Pavillon des Sessions was created at the Louvre in 2001, as well as the musée du quai Branly in 2006. Jacques Kerchache also collaborated with the Fondation Cartier on many occasions, first on the thematic exhibitions À visage découvert (1992) and être nature (1998) as well as on the solo show of the Haitian artist Patrick Vilaire in Réflexion sur la mort (1997).

The Vodun, African Voodoo Exhibition
Following these collaborations, Jacques Kerchache and the Fondation Cartier considered organizing an exhibition on voodoo statuary, but this project was postponed after his passing in 2001. On the tenth anniversary of his death the Fondation Cartier will uncover the fascinating and secret world of voodoo that was Jacques Kerchache’s lifelong passion. Through the Vodun, African Voodoo exhibition, the Fondation Cartier will thus pay homage to this great expert and explorer known for his exacting eye, a connoisseur of both Primitive and Contemporary Art.

The Art of Voodoo
As early as the late sixties, Jacques Kerchache recognized the aesthetic potency and stunning originality of voodoo statuary and its forms. It was at this time, during his first trips to the birthplace of voodoo currently known as the Republic of Benin, that he began to bring together what has become the most significant existing collection of African voodoo statuary. The exhibition will present approximately hundred objects, including some that now belong to other private collectors.

Objects of Religious Cult
An anthropomorphic assemblage of materials such as ropes, bones, shells, and pottery, voodoo sculptures assume a critical role in the practice of this ancient religious cult, still active today from the coasts of Togo to Western Nigeria. Covered with a thick layer of matter includes earth, palm oil and powder, these strange and uncanny sculptures emanate qualities of tension and foreboding. Their ambiguous aesthetics are closely linked to their role in both protecting their owners from danger and harming those responsible for their difficulties.

Through its silent simplicity and meditative rigour, the exhibition will allow these impenetrable objects to speak for themselves, thus revealing the mystery and convulsive beauty of voodoo statuary.

THE CATALOG PUBLISHED BY THE FONDATION CARTIER FOR THE VODUN EXHIBITION WILL BENEFIT FROM THE CONTRIBUTION OF SUZANNE PRESTON BLIER, GABIN DJIMASSÉ, MARC AUGÉ AND THE HAITIAN ARTIST PATRICK VILAIRE.