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La Case de Léopold

La Case de Léopold, 2005 - Pascale Marthine Tayou

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about this work

La Case de Léopold is commenting on the horrible colonial history of Belgian and its second king Leopold II – who is chiefly remembered for the founding and exploitation of the Congo Free State as a private venture. Leopold extracted a fortune from the Congo, initially by the collection of ivory, and after a rise in the price of rubber in the 1890s, by forced labor from the natives to harvest and process rubber. Under his regime millions of Congolese people died; modern estimates range from one to fifteen million, with the consensus figure climbing by around ten million.

about Pascale Marthine Tayou

Pascale Marthine Tayou  studied law before deciding instead to become an artist. He began exhibiting in the early 1990s – a time of political and social upheaval across West Africa. With works often produced in situ, Tayou is renowned for combining found and discarded objects and materials – often sourced locally – with a skilled and playful sense of craftsmanship.

With his works, the artist address the ways in which we develop a national, geographic, financial and emotional identity in times of mass consumption. Tayou constantly draws similarities and differences between the many cultures and communities he has lived and worked among, and challenges us to do the same.

Pascale Marthine Tayou has had solo exhibitions at institutions such as Bozar, Brussels; Serpentine Galleries, London; Kunsthalle, Bregenz; MACRO, Rome; Malmö Konsthall; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Portikus, Frankfurt; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at, among others, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana; Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, Sao Polo; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; and HangarBicocca, Milano.

Tayou also participated in the Tate Triennial, and in numerous Biennales – such as the ones from Venice, Havana, Santa Fe, Kwangju, Sydney, Liverpool, Lyon and more.

Pascale Marthine Tayou is represented by the following gallery;
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Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana

You can also discover more of Tayou’s work on his own website.


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