EL ANATSUI

Présentation

Mondialement respecté et reconnu, a fortiori depuis qu’il a reçu le Lion d’Or de la Biennale de Venise en 2015 pour l’intégralité de son œuvre, El Anatsui est connu pour ses sculptures en bois et ses assemblages complexes de matériaux recyclés. À la fin des années 1970, il privilégie l’utilisation des tessons de verre et de débris de céramiques (série "Pots cassés, 1976-1982"). Deux décennies plus tard, il réalise ses premières pièces de “tissus” à partir de “matériaux pauvres”.

El Anatsui puise son inspiration dans les traditions africaines de recyclage et de détournement d’objets manufacturés usagés. Il a su ériger la récupération en pivot du processus créatif. Ses œuvres interrogent les échanges mondiaux du commerce, la destruction, la transformation des matériaux, symboles des événements traversés par le continent africain.

Biographie

EXPOSITIONS PERSONNELLES (SELECTION)

2016
El Anatsui, Prine Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas
El Anatsui: New Works, October Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Afrikas stjerne - Monumentale værker af El Anatsui, Trapholt Museum for Moderne Kunst, South Jutland, Danemark
El Anatsui: Five Decades, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australie

2015
El Anatsui, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chaumont-sur-Loire
El Anatsui: Five Decades, The School, Kinderhook, New York, USA
El Anatsui, Kunstbanken Hedmark Kunstsenter, Hamar, Norvège

2014
El Anatsui, Galerie Mnuchin, New York, USA
El Anatsui: Playing with Chance, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria
El Anatsui: New Worlds, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, USA
El Anatsui: Trains of Thoughts, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA

2013
TSIATSIA – Searching for Connection, Royal Academy of Arts, Londres, Royaume-Uni
El Anatsui: Pot of Wisdom, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA

2012-2015
Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, Akron Art Museum, USA (puis au Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA; au Des Moines Art Center, USA; au Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA; et au Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA)

2012
Broken Bridge II, High Line, New York, USA
El Anatsui: Post of Wisdom, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA
Stitch in Time, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Anvers, Belgique
Chance Encounters: Seven Contemporary Artists from Africa, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, Inde

2011
El Anatsui, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, USA

2010
El Anatsui, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA
El Anatsui: Gli, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, USA
When I Last Wrote To You About Africa, exposition itinérante jusqu’en 2012 (Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, USA; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, USA; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA; Denver Art Museum, USA; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, USA; Museum for African Art, New York, USA)
A Fateful Journey: Africa in the Works of El Anatsui, exposition itinérante jusqu’en 2011 (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japon; The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama, Japon; Tsuruoka Art Forum, Japon; The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japon)

2009
El Anatsui: Process and Project, BRIC Contemporary Art (organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art), New York, USA
El Anatsui, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, USA

2008
Zebra Crossing, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA
Earth Growing Roots, San Diego State University Art Gallery, San Diego, USA

2006
El Anatsui: Nyekor, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milan, Italie
El Anatsui: Asi, David Krut Projects, New York, USA

2005
Danudo: Recent Sculptures of El Anatsui, Galerie Skoto, New York, USA

2003
El Anatsui: Gawu, exposition itinérante (Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Wales, UK; October Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA)

2002
El Anatsui: Recent Works, October Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni

1998
El Anatsui: As Sculpted History of Africa, October Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni

1997
Hakpa, Centre Culturel français, Lagos, Nigeria

1995
El Anatsui, October Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni

1993
So Far: Drawings, Paintings, Prints 1963-1993, Institut Culturel italien, Lagon, Nigeria

1991
Old and New: Exhibition of Sculptures in Assorted Wood by El Anatsui, National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria

1987
Venovize: Ceramic Sculpture by El Anatsui, Cornwall Colledge of Further & Higher Education, Redruth, Royaume-Uni
Pieces of Wood, Auditorium franco-germanique, Lagos, Nigeria

1982
Sculptures, Photographs, Drawings, Institut Goethe, Lagos, Nigeria

1980
Wood Carvings, Cummington Community of Arts, Cummington, USA

1979
Broken Pots: Sculpture by El Anatsui, Consulat britannique, Enugu, Nigeria et Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

1976
Wooden Wall Plaques by El Anatsui, Asele Art Gallery, Nsukka, Nigeria

 

EXPOSITIONS DE GROUPE (SELECTION)

 

2017
9ème saison d'art de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France

2016
African Artists as Innovators, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, USA
The Woven Arc, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Hutchins Center Harvard
University, Cambridge, USA
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Center de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelone,
Espagne
Marrakech Biennale 6: Not New Now, Marrakech, Maroc
Ugwu, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chaumont-sur-Loire
El Anatsui, Hilla and Bernd Becher, Maya Lin: Of A Different Nature, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA
Summer Exhibition 2016, Royal Academy of Arts, Londres, Royaume-Uni

2015
Us Is Them, The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, USA
Re:Purposed, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State
University, Sarasota, USA
Field, Road, Cloud: Art and Africa, Anna K. Meredith Gallery, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, USA
Embracing Space and Color: Art On & Off the Wall, Vero Beach Museum of Art, USA
Meet Me Halfway: Selections from the Anita Reiner Collection, Galerie Cristin Tierney, New York, USA
Piece Work, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, USA
Summer Exhibition 2015, Royal Academy of Arts, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Atopolis: WIELS @ Mons 2015, Manège de Sury, Mons, Belgique
Standing and Hanging, Galerie Altman Siegel, San Francisco, USA

2014
Mise En Scène, The School, Kinderhook, New-York, USA
The Art of Our Time: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections, Guggenheim Bilbao, Espagne

2013
Boca Raton Museum of Art, USA
Chosen, 5 Beekman Street, New York, USA
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
Art and Textiles, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Allemagne

2012
1st Montevideo Biennial, Montevideo, Uruguay
Summer Exhibition 2012, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (Façade of the Burlington House)
18ème Biennale de Sydney, Australie
Paris Triennial 2012, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (organisé par Okwui Enwezor, Claire Staebler, Emilie Renard, Melanie Bouteloup et Abdellah Karroum)
African Cosmos: Stellar Art, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
Chance Encounters: Seven Contemporary Artists from Africa, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, Inde

2011-2012
Environment and Object in Recent African Art, Skidmore College Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA (exposition itinérante: Anderson Gallery, Virginia, Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA; Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, USA)
Architectural Environments for Tomorrow: New Spatial Practices in Architecture and Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japon

2011
The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italie (organisé par Caroline Bourgeois)
Hunters and Gatherers: The Art of Assemblage, Sotheby’s, New York, USA
ARS 11, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finlande

2010
A Collective Diary, an African Contemporary Journey, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israël
Who Knows Tomorrow, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Allemagne
Human Rites, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, USA

2009
Extreme Frontiers, Urban Frontiers, Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Valence, Espagne
Chance Encounters: Seven Contemporary Artists from Africa, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, Inde
Against Exclusion, 3ème Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Moscou, Russie
Transavangarde, October Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni

2008
Angaza Afrika, October Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni
World Histories, Des Moines Art Center, USA
Art Basel 39, Basel, Suisse
Recycling: The Whole House, Kunstbanken Hedmark Kunstenter, Hadmar, Norvège
Grandeur, 10th Sonsbeek International Sculpture Exhibition, Sonsbeek, Pays-Bas
Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
The Poetics of Cloth: African Textiles/Recent Art, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, USA
The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design without End, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Prospect.1, New Orleans, USA

2007
Uncomfortable Truths: The Shadow of Slave Trading on Contemporary Art and Design, Victoria and Albert Museum, Londres, Royaume-Uni
From Courage to Freedom: El Anatsui/Hazoumé/Owusu-Ankoma, October Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Contemporary African Art from the Collection of William Jones, Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Living Masters, Guaranty Trust Bank, Lagos, Nigeria
Trans Cape: Contemporary African Art on the Move, Cape Town, Afrique du Sud
Still Life: Art Ecology & Politics of Change, Sharjah Biennial 8, Emirats Arabes Unis
Artempo: Where Time Becomes Art, Palazzo Fortuny, Venise, Italie
Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind: Art in the Present Tense, 52ème Biennale de Venise, Italie
Un/Fair Trade: The Art of Injustice, Neue Galerie, Graz, Autriche
Art, Newark, USA
Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA
BoysCraft, Haifa Museum of Art, Israël

2006
The Black Panther Rank and File, Yerba Buena Center of Arts, San Francisco, USA
Dak'Art 2006, 7ème Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar, Sénégal
The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, exposition itinérante aux  USA et au Japon
Body of Evidence, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA
Altered, Stitched and Gathered, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, USA
-poiesis, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA
Expanding Africa: New Art, New Directions, Newark Museum, Newark, USA
Afrique-Europe: Rêves Croisés, Ateliers des Tanneurs, Bruxelles, Belgique
Triennal de Luanda, Angola
Primitivism Revisited: After the End of an Idea, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA

2005
Out There, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich, Royaume-Uni
In the Making: Materials and Process, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, Afrique du Sud
AKA... of Age 2005, Maison de France, Lagos, Nigeria

2004
Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent, exposition itinérante (Museum Kunstpalast, Centre Pompidou, Moderna Museet...)
A Grain of Dust, A Drop of Water, 5th Biennale de Gwangju, Corée du Sud
Intelligence Now! , October Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni

2003
Selected Works, Skoto Gallery, New York, USA
Hommage to Asele, National Museum, Lagon, Nigeria
Biennale of Ceramics in Contemporary Art, Villa Groppallo, Vado Liguire, Italie
Africa Informs, October Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Transfers, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles, Belgique

2002
International 2002, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, Royaume-Uni

2001
Jazz and Visual Improvisations, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, USA
News from the Front, October Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Africas: The Artist and the City, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Barcelone, Espagne
The Happy Face of Globalization, 1st Albissola Ceramics Biennale, Museo Civico d’Arte Contemporanea and Mueo della Ceramica Manlio Trucco, Albissola, Italie
Ebony Soliloquy: A Five Year Retrospective, Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, USA
Elf Village, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

2000
Encounters with the Contemporary, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
El Tiempo de Africa, Centro Atlantico Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, Canary Islands and Consejeria de Cultura de Comunidad, Madrid, Espagne
Messagers de la Terre, Rur’Art-Espace d’Art Contemporain de Lycée Agricole Xavier Bernard, Rouillé

1999
New Colours from Old Worlds : Contemporary Art from West Africa, October Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni
Les Champs de la Sculpture, Champs Elysées, Paris,
The Independent, 1st Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, Royaume-Uni
Transvangarde, October Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni

1998
Riddle of the Spirits – Twelve African Artists, Skoto Gallery, New York, USA
By Hand and By Computer, Contemporary African Art Gallery, New York, USA
Osaka Triennale: Sculpture, Osaka, Japon
Triennale der Kleinplastik, Stuttgart, Allemagne

1997
The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
Free Form and Precision, Contemporary African Art Gallery, New York, USA

1996
Africana, Sala 1, Rome, Italie
AKA ’96, Bona Gallery, Enugu, Nigeria
El Anatsui & Sol LeWitt, Skoto Gallery, New York, USA
Transforms, October Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni
West African Sculpture-East African Painting, Contemporary African Art Gallery, New York, USA
Tranvangarde: Cutting-edge Work from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, October Gallery, New York, USA
Container ’96-Art across Oceans, Langelinie, Copenhague, Danemark
Images of Africa, Torpedohallen, Copenhague, Danemark
Group Exhibition, Avant-Garde Gallery, Kaduna, Nigeria

1995
Art in the Shadow, Nigerian Pavilion, Africus: 1st Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, Afrique du Sud
Uli Art-Master Works, Skoto Gallery, New York, USA
Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK; Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Suède
An Inside Story: African Art of Our Time, exposition itinérante au Japon
Osaka Triennale: Sculpture, Osaka, Japon
Contemporary African Art, World Intellectual Property Organization Headquarters, Genève, Suisse
The Right to Hope, Johannesburg Art Gallery, puis exposé au Caire, à Amman, à Gaza, à Jérusalem et à Tel-Aviv
Configura 2, Erfurt, Allemagne

1994
AKA ’94, Bona Gallery, Enugu; Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
Arte/Sociedad/Reflexions, 5ème Biennale de La Havane, Cuba

1993
AKA ’93, Bona Gallery, Enugu; Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
New Currents ’93: Avant-Garde Nigerian Art, Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
Six African Artists, October Gallery, Londres, Royaume-Uni

1992
AKA ’92, Bona Gallery, Enugu; Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
Arte Amazonas, Modern Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brésil
Klima Global, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin; Ludwig Forum, Aix-la-Chapelle, Allemagne

1991
Works by a Group of African Artists, The World Bank Art Society, Washington DC, USA
AKA ’91, Bona Gallery, Enugu; National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
Sculptors Guild of Nigeria: Inaugural Exhibition, Murtala Mohammed Park, Enugu, Nigeria
El Desafio de Colonization, 4ème Biennale de La Havane, Cuba
Il Sud del Mondo: L’altra arte contemporanea, Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporaneo, Marsala, Italie

1990
Contemporary African Artists: Changing Tradition, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia; Chicago Public Library Center, Chicago, USA
AKA ’90, Hotel Presidential, Enugu; Goethe-Institute, Lagos, Nigeria
Dimensione Futuro: l’Artista e lo Spazio, 44ème Biennale de Venise, Italie
The Calabash 1st Art Exhibition, The Calabash, Lagos, Nigeria

1989
AKA ’89, Hotel Presidential, Enugu; National Gallery of Art, Lagos, Nigeria
Zeitgenössische Nigerianische Kunst, Bonn, Bocholt et Mönchengladbach, Allemagne

1988
AKA ’88, a.o. National Gallery of Art, Lagos, Nigeria
SSART Exhibition, ANA Gallery, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
An Exhibition of Sculptures in Wood: Thoughts and Process, Italian Cultural Institute, Lagos, Nigeria
Walls and Gates, Avant Garde Gallery, Kaduna, Nigeria

1987
AKA ’87, Hotel Presidential, Enugu; National Gallery of Crafts and Design, Lagos, Nigeria

1986
Nigerian-German Prints, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Franco-German Auditorium, Lagos, Nigeria
AKA ’86, Inaugural exhibition of the AKA Circle of Exhibiting Artists, French Centre/Ministry of Education, Enugu; Goethe-Institute, Lagos Nigeria

1983
Four Contemporary Artists, Mintec Galleries, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

1982
Okiki 10th Anniversary Exhibition, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

1981
Drawing on the World, Bilingham Art Gallery, Billingham; Middlesborough Art Gallery, Middlesborough; House of Commons Gallery, Westminster, Londres, Royaume-Uni

1979
The Nsukka School, Art Gallery of the Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Christian Arts in Nigeria, Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall, Onitsha, Nigeria

1975
Dyed Fabric Wallhangings, Burnt-Scorched Wooden Wall Plaques, Institute of African Studies Gallery, University of Nigeria.

1974
Tekarts Expo 5, Accra Arts Center, Accra, Ghana

RÉCOMPENSES

2015
Lion d’Or, Biennale de Venise

2013 
Prix "Charles Wollaston", 245ème Exposition d’été, Académie Royale des Arts, Londres, Royaume-Uni

1999
Prix du Public, 7ème Triennale de Sculpture à petite échelle, Stuttgart, Allemagne

1998
Prix de Bronze, 9ème Triennale de Sculpture d’Osaka, Japon

1995
Prix "Kansai Telecasting Corporation", Triennale de Sculpture d’Osaka, Japon

1990
Mention Honorable, 44ème Biennale de Venise, Italie

COLLECTIONS PUBLIQUES

  • African Studies Gallery, University du Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
  • Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio, USA
  • Ambassade du Ghana, Copenhague, Danemark
  • Asele Institute, Nimo, Nigeria
  • Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
  • Centre Culturel français, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • Clarks International Art Collection, Somerset, Royaume-Uni
  • de Young Museum, San Francisco, USA
  • Denver Art Museum, Colorado, USA
  • Diamond Bank of Nigeria, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Eden Project, Cornwall, Royaume-Uni
  • Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates, Seattle, USA
  • Fowler Museum, Université de Californie, Los Angeles, USA
  • Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Emirats Arabes Unis
  • Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, USA
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA
  • International Peoples’ College, Helsingor, Danemark
  • Iwalewa-Haus, Université de Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Allemagne
  • Jordan National Gallery of Arts, Amman, Jordanie
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA
  • Missoni, Milan, Italie
  • Musée Ariana, Genève, Suisse
  • Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Allemagne
  • Museum of Art, Université de l’Iowa, Iowa City, USA
  • North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA
  • Osaka Foundation of Culture, Osaka, Japon
  • Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
  • Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA
  • Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, USA
  • Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, USA
  • Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japn
  • The British Museum, Londres, Royaume-Uni
  • The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC, USA
  • The Hammermill Collection, Hellebaek, Helsingor, Danemark
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
  • The National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria
  • The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
  • The Newark Museum, USA
  • The World Bank Art Collection, Washington DC, USA
  • UNAIDS, Genève, Suisse