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While the MoMA in New York is currently devoting a monographic exhibition to Frédéric Bruly Bouabré entitled ‘Frédéric Bruly Bouabré: World Unbound’, MAGNIN-A gallery presents ‘On ne compte pas les étoiles’ in its space at 118, boulevard Richard-Lenoir in Paris.

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Never seen before, 1991. Pencil and pen on card, 15 x 10,5cm. Courtesy of MAGNIN-A.
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Never seen before, 1991. Pencil and pen on card, 15 x 10,5cm. Courtesy of MAGNIN-A.

This exhibition, whose title refers to the eponymous book by Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, offers a rare and historic collection of drawings, little or never shown, made by the artist between 1983 and the early 2000s. Of the many artistic discoveries and friendships that André Magnin has made, the one with Frédéric Bruly Bouabré stands out. From their meeting on April 11th, 1988 in Marcory, in the suburbs of Abidjan, until the artist’s death in 2014, the two men built a sensitive and unfailing relationship.

On the occasion of this exhibition, André Magnin opens his archives to give the public a better understanding of Bouabré’s work. Thus, alongside historical sets such as drawings from the first version of The Bété Alphabet or The Museum of the African Face, the gallery exhibits unpublished manuscripts, letters, objects and videos.

The exhibition will be on view from the 1st of June until the 30th of July 2022. For more information, please visit MAGNIN-A.

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