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06.06.2010 - 17.10.2010
Romuald Hazoumè
My Paradise – Made in Porto Novo

The work of the artist Romuald Hazoumè (born in 1962), who lives in Porto Novo in Benin, West Africa, bears testimony to the mutual longing of both Africans and Europeans for the supposed paradise of each other’s countries.

 

In Germany he became known to many via his contribution to Documenta 12. This was called ‘Dream’, an open boat made of more than 400 petrol cans. He was awarded the 2007 Arnold-Bode-Preis for the work. Gerisch-Stiftung is now putting on a complete show of around 40 current works by the artist presented for the first time in this way in Germany. The exhibition displays several acrylic paintings that take as their theme the ritual acts and symbols of the Fa oracle; numerous photographic works that illustrate the everyday use in Benin of the object that is most important in his work, the petrol can; around 30 masks that make use of petrol cans as objets-trouvés; finally, 8 large-scale sculptures and installations, also made from petrol cans, some specially produced for the park in Neumünster.

 

The exhibition is being staged in close cooperation with the Africa project ‘Who Knows Tomorrow?’ at various sites of the National Gallery in Berlin and is being supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius ZEIT-Stiftung.