Romuald Hazoumè, major contemporary artist of the African artistic scene, was invited to create a path punctuated by his work in the courtyard of the castle and in several rooms of the museum.
Around twenty works, amongst which some newly created for the history museum, are exhibited alongside the objects of the collection. Romuald Hazoumè was born in 1962 in Porto-Novo in Benin. With a yoruba origin, he is greatly affected by the vaudou and grew up in a catholic family. With his dual cultural belonging, Romuald Hazoumè is in a conflicting situation, which is reflected in his syncretic work. In the mid 1980 he created his first sculptures with plastic jerry cans that, after a minimal intervention, subtly express his critical vision of the African political figures and systems.
Hazoumè assembles materials, scraps and obsolete objects that he uses as is or transforms to create his vision of society, events and global issues. The artist reinvests history, while keeping a direct link to the news. His research is translated into monumental and compelling works, illustrating his engagement against any form of slavery, corruption and trafic, that he erects as the last witnesses of the current abuses.
The issue of migration and its consequences that questions both the Western and the African world and raises the question of the inequality of the exchanges has become central in his work.