El Hadji SyPainting – Performance – Politics06.02. - 22.05.2016
National Gallery Prague
El Hadji Sy, *1954 in Dakar, Senegal,
lives and works in Dakar, Senegal
© National Gallery Prague, Czech Republic26 available works
220th Anniversary of the National Gallery in Prague. El Hadji Sy: Painting – Performance – Politics
The National Gallery in Prague features this retrospective of Senegalese painter and curator, El Hadji Sy (*1954) as an introduction to contemporary art in Africa. El Hadji Sy: Painting – Performance – Politics introduces the artist as a singular painter but also as an important performer and cultural activist. Shown for the first time in the Czech Republic, El Hadji Sy’s paintings, installations and performances dating from 1970s up until the present will also be presented along with other contemporary Senegalese painters. The artworks will be accompanied by archival documents, posters for El Hadji Sy’s performances and film documentaries that capture his workshops.
The exhibition is organized as part of events celebrating the National Gallery’s 220th anniversary. Its main part is on loan from the Museum der Weltkulturen in Frankfurt, however, the artist prepared a new concept for the Prague exhibition, in which he leads dialogue with the traditional artefacts from the National Gallery’s Collection of Asian and African Art. This is the first ever National Gallery exhibition to present contemporary African art and its response to cultural and political matters.Read more