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Pierre Bodo

Born 1953, Mandu, Democratic Republic of Congo
Died 2015, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, where he lived and worked



Pierre Bodo was one of the founders and key proponents with Moke and Chéri Samba of what has come to be known as the Zaïre school of popular painting. Their works state vigorously and candidly their belief in their capacity to create art that could change the course of history. Bodo chooses to paint anything and describe everything that he has seen and experienced. His works then successively became chronicles, pamphlets, manifestos, demands or advice. His objectives are not selfish: he is a popular painter. One of his main themes was the “Ndoki Zoba” (sorcery) and the aim of these paintings was to advise abandoning the practice of sorcery. In 1980, he converted to Christianity, and joined the Pentecostal church. He became one of the most impassioned pastors of “world evangelism,” and was convinced that it would change his life.

In the early 1990s, he improved his style considerably so as to be able “to express my major personal ideas and have more impact. My goals being: the improvement of life, and of visible things, and to share my dreams of a better world.” Thereafter he dealt with symbolic or fantasy subject matter, with a strange imagination that was fed by his dreams. “I express everything that happens to me, so that I am no longer focused on specifically African topics and can address myself to the entire world.” The titles of his works: River of Delights, Ignorance, or Love, the Source of Life, perfectly echo his beliefs and his aesthetic aims.

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Beauté Congo - 1926-2015 - Congo Kitoko

Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele,

Beauté Congo - 1926-2015 - Congo Kitoko

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Author : Textes de Thomas Bayet, In Koli Jean Bofane, Michael De Plaen, Frédéric Lomami Haffner, Nancy Rose Hunt, Jean-Christophe Lanquetin, Elikia M'Bokolo, André Magnin, Dominique Malaquais, Pedro Monaville, Bob W. White et entretiens avec de nombreux artistes
Editor : Édition Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
2015

PRESS


Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Chérin,

Malick Sidibé


Rabat se met aux couleurs de l'Afrique

Le Parisien
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30.03.2017
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Rabat célèbre

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

Malick Sidibé


Rabat célèbre " L'Afrique en Capitale "

La nouvelle Tribune

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By Leila Ouazry

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08.03.2017

Pierre Bodo,

Romuald Hazoumè


Maroc : le Macaal, un musée sans frontières

Jeune Afrique

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By Nicolas Michel

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23.02.2017
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Amani Bodo,

Pierre Bodo


36 Hours in Marrakesh

The New York Times

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By Seth Sherwood

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02.02.2017
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba


Coup d'envoi du musée d'art contemporain africain Al Maaden

Quotidien de l'art

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By Roxana Azimi

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17.01.2017
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba


Musée d'art africain. 40 artistes du continent ouvrent le bal.

L'Economiste

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By Aïda BOUAZZA

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01.12.2016
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Pierre Bodo


Essentiel paysage fera l'ouverture du Musée d'Art Contemporain Africain : le MACAAL

Artsixmic

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By Jean Marc Lebeaupin

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08.10.2016
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Pierre Bodo,

Amani Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Romuald Hazoumè


L'Afrique à l'épreuve de la planète

Diptyk

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By Marie Moignard

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03.10.2016
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Pierre Bodo,

JP Mika,

Moke


À la Fondation Cartier, les animaux exposent leur symphonie

RFI

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By Thomas Bourdeau

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27.09.2016
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Pierre Bodo,

JP Mika,

Moke


La musique des animaux à la Fondation Cartier

Culture Box

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By Valérie Oddos

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07.07.2016
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Pierre Bodo,

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

George Lilanga,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

JP Mika,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Arts : les 100 Africains les mieux cotés

Jeune Afrique
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11.01.2016
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Steve Bandoma,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Monsengo Shula


Fondation cartier traces the creative spirit of the democratic republic of the Congo

Designboom

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By Suhei Senda

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19.12.2015
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Bela,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


On Art In Africa by André Magnin

Crash

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By Armelle Leturcq

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15.12.2015
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Bela,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke


Beauté Congo : une explosion de créativité kinoise

BBC News

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By Florence Yérémian

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08.10.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke


Le Congo en beauté à la fondation Cartier

Libération_Bondy blog

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By Abdoulaye Gassama

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26.09.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


Beauté Congo go, go, go !

Art Tension

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By Patrick Lefur

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01.09.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Moke


La beauté Congo s'exhibe à la Fondation Cartier

L'Humanité

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By Diémé-Sagna Yancouba

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26.08.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Pathy Tshindele


The nuanced republic

Financial Times

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By Emma Crichton-Miller

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08.08.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Kiripi Katembo,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


Congolese art at Fondation Cartier

Financial Times

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By Emma Crichton-Miller

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07.08.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Beauté Congo, les couleurs en rythme

Le Figaro

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By Valérie Sasportas

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03.08.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika


Feel the beat

The Economist
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01.08.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


L'exposition « Beauté Congo » un succès inattendu

France 3 Ile-de-France

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By Isabelle Audin

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31.07.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula


Expo : oh le beau Congo !

Huffington Post

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By Jérôme Stern.

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31.07.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke


La peinture congolaise au parfum

La Libre Belgique

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By Roger Pierre Turine

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30.07.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


Le Congo, inépuisable mine d'art

Libération

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By Maria Malagardis

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23.07.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Un certain regard

Jeune Afrique

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By Séverine Kodjo Grandvaux

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19.07.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Beauté Congo : l'art congolais, une créativité unique en Afrique

RFI

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By Siegfried Forster

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18.07.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


De la colonie belge à la RDC, splendeur de l'art congolais

Le Monde

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By Philippe Dagen

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18.07.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Kiripi Katembo,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika


Paris hosts first ever retrospective of art from Democratic Republique of Congo

The Guardian

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By Hannah Ellis Peterson

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10.07.2015
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