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The Contemporary African Art Collection

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The Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC) is a private collection created in 1990 by Italian business man, Jean Pigozzi after his encounter with French independent curator, André Magnin. Magnin specializes in art from non-Western cultures, and especially sub-Saharan art. The CAAC came into being at a time when non-Western contemporary art was largely ignored on the international scene. It was founded shortly after the seminal exhibition The Magicians of the Earth at the Pompidou Center in Paris, curated by Jean-Huber Martin. It was the first truly international exhibition where contemporary works from all over the world were shown on an equal footing.

The CAAC includes several thousand artworks, featuring sculptures, drawings, photographs, installations and videos, by over 80 artists, living and working in sub-Saharan African countries. Some of its artists live in large cities and attended art schools. Others were "self-taught" and some are from remote areas and work within local traditions that they extend and enrich.

The CAAC regularly organizes exhibitions and artwork loans in major museums and art foundations around the world, such as Tate Modern (London), Pompidou Center (Paris), Guggenheim Bilbao, Metropolitan Museum (NY), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas), National Museum of African Art (Washington), Cartier Foundation (Paris) and the Saatchi Gallery (London). It also has published several catalogues and monographies.

Artists in the collectionEdit


  1. ^ "Malick Sidibé". The Contemporary African Art Collection. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 

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