Moataz Nasr, Dome, 2011
(all images copyright of the artists)
|Edson Chagas, TIPO PASS, Filipe D. Kuangana, 2012
|Aida Muluneh, The 99 Series, 2013 ©
Simon Njami's large, themed exhibition, "Divine Comedy" recently opened at MMK museum in Frankfurt, Germany, and is worth checking out. Having previewed the show for Artforum, I am curious to see how Njami managed to fit the incredibly diverse practices of the fifty-one invited artists, into the show's three rubrics--"Heaven, Hell & Purgatory"--based on the Divine Comedy the monumental poem by Dante, the Italian/Florentine medieval poet. Does the show produce fascinating and smartly fresh juxtapositions of the mostly already-existing works by many of the major names? Or does it come across as merely using a conceptual interest in the ancient Italian poet's apocalyptic vision to convene another unwieldy contemporary
African art survey? This is a must-see show!
Here's a link to the show's page on MMK's website: The Divine Comedy