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Chéri Chérin

Joseph Kinkonda called
CHÉRI CHÉRIN



Born 1955, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Lives and works in Kinshasa.

In the heart of Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), five times larger than France, possesses incomparable natural human and cultural riches. More than 400 ethnic groups speaking as many languages have flooded into Kinshasa in one exodus after another. A megalopolis with more than 10 million inhabitants, Kinshasa exemplifies the famous article 15 of the Constitution, which encourages people to take themselves in hand. Often this is done with talent, or even with genius. And this popular genius is what makes "Kin-the Beautiful" a stunning city, by day and by night.

Since the early 1970s, the city has witnessed a creative explosion in every artistic realm. The group "Viva la Musica", led by the superstar Papa Wemba, has enjoyed a huge popular success. It was a member of this group, Kester Emeneya, who invented the concept of the SAPE, the "Society of Atmosphere-Creators and Elegant Personalities". In this Kinshasa institution, Chéri Chérin is one of the most prestigious figures.

Within this effervescent context, the 1978 exhibition Art Everywhere, brought attention to a whole group of young "people's" artists, co-called because their representational, narrative painting is rooted in an addressed to the people at large. Samba, Moké, Bodo, and Chéri Chérin, the chief innovators of the group, have achieved success and have been embraced by all Kinshasa.

The artists in the "gang" - it is neither a school nor a movement - work in their separate studios on subjects inspired by social and political developments. They are differentiated as much by choice of subjects by style by the way they treat pictorial space, and by their use of colour. Chéri Chérin whose name is an acronym for "Créateur Hors (série) Expressionniste Remarquable Inéganable Unique en son genre" (« Unclassifiable Remarkable Expressionist Creator Unequalled and Unique in this field »), gives equal prominence to subject, form, representation, intelligibility, and decorative qualities. In this way he draws the spectator into his own interrogations, imprecisions, uncertainties, and unfinished works. He denounces a world in which opportunism and comedy threaten to win out over the true values for which Chéri Chérin means to fight.

"And if you, in the West, say that painting is finished, I will not give in to the facility of video as it is seen everywhere today, even in the Dakar biennale. I will keep on painting and you will see what you will see".

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PUBLICATIONS

Lumières africaines. L'élan contemporain

Joël Andrianomearisoa,

Pierre Bodo,

Filipe Branquinho,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Mama Casset,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin

Omar Victor Diop,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Kiripi Katembo,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

JP Mika,

Moke,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Gérard Quenum,

Amadou Sanogo,

Malick Sidibé,

Lumières africaines. L'élan contemporain

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Author : André Magnin & Mehdi Qotbi
Editor : Langages du sud
2017
Beauté Congo - 1926-2015 - Congo Kitoko

Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette 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
African Stories

Joël Andrianomearisoa,

Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin

Calixte Dakpogan,

Omar Victor Diop,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

George Lilanga,

Albert Lubaki,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Gérard Quenum,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Cyprien Tokoudagba,

Pathy Tshindele,

Billie Zangewa,

African Stories

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Author : André Magnin

2014

PRESS


Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Malick Sidibé,

Cyprien Tokoudagba


"L'Afrique en capitale": Rabat célèbre les couleurs du continent

Telquel.ma

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By Ilhem El Hamamouchi

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02.04.2017
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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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Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Gonçalo Mabunda


Musée d'art contemporain à Marrakech: Blessures et résilience de l'Afrique

L'Economiste

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By Stéphanie JACOB

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21.02.2017
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Chéri Chérin


Au Congo, la peinture populaire tient la chronique du quotidien

Le Monde Afrique

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By Roxana Azimi

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02.01.2017
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Amani Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray


La cité ocre se dote d'un Musée d'art contemporain africain

Le Matin Maroc

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By Mokhtar Grioute

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22.11.2016
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Chéri Chérin


Bruxelles : une exposition consacrée à la peinture populaire de la RDC

ADIAC

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By Patrick Ndungidi

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16.09.2016
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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,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette 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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Steve Bandoma,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Kiripi Katembo,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


Beauté Congo 1926 - 2015 Congo Kitoko, A Century of Congolese Art

Blog : anotherwayoflooking.
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03.12.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Pathy Tshindele


Beauté Congo

Art Press

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By Anaël Pigeat

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21.10.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Omar Victor Diop,

Moke


Art Sales: African riches

The Daily Telegraph

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By Colin Gleadell 

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13.10.2015
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Bela,

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert 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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Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Monsengo Shula


La beauté du Congo se dévoile à Paris

Sept Info

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By Sylvie Rantrua

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03.10.2015
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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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Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

Moke


Explosión de belleza en Kinshasa : 90 años de arte congoleño

El País

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By Beatriz Leal Riesco

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03.09.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

JP Mika,

Moke


Trésors congolais

Marianne

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By Frédérique Briard

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28.08.2015
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Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert 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,

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,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette 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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Steve Bandoma,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika


Im Kongo weiß man, wie kurz die Zukunft sein kann

Die Welt

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By Johannes Wetzel

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29.07.2015
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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,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette 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,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette 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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Steve Bandoma,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Monsengo Shula


Auf der wahren Karte der Welt liegt Europa unten

Die Welt

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By Von Johannes Wetzel

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17.07.2015
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Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


L'art contemporain en Afrique. Voyez Beauté Congo (1926-2015), à la Fondation Cartier

Evous

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By André Balbo

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13.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke


André Magnin :

RFI Afrique

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By Tirthankar Chanda

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13.07.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko


Beauté Congo : le dynamisme de l'art congolais

TV5 Monde

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By Amélie Revert

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12.07.2015
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Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Pathy Tshindele


La vitalité des artistes du Congo embrase la Fondation Cartier

Quotidien de l'art

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By Roxana Azimi

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11.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Monsengo Shula


Congolese Art in Full Color

The Wall Street Journal

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By Tobias Grey

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10.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki


Entretien André Magnin à propos de l'exposition Beauté Congo :

Le Monde

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By Roxana Azimi

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10.07.2015
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Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Kiripi Katembo,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Afrique-Art contemporain : passion Congo

Le Point Afrique

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By Valérie Marin la Meslée

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09.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke


Beauté Congo : l'exposition qui restitue l'énergie débridée de Kinsasha

Le Monde Afrique

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By Roxana Azimi

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09.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Pathy Tshindele


De Kinshasa au MoMA, retour sur un siècle de peinture congolaise

Télérama

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By Frédérique Chapuis

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09.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Pathy Tshindele


Un siècle haut en couleurs

Télérama

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By Frédéric Chapuis

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08.07.2015
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Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Albert Lubaki,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Moke,

Kura Shomali ,

Pathy Tshindele


Congo moderne, Congo contemporain à la Fondation Cartier

Connaissance des arts

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By Myriam Boutoulle

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01.07.2015
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Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko


Beauté Congo 1925-2015

Le Vif
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19.06.2015
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Bela,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Antoinette Lubaki,

Albert Lubaki,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Ambroise Ngayimoko,

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Pathy Tshindele


Beauté Congo

The Wall Street International Online
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18.06.2015
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