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Alexandre Diop: Jooba Jubba, l’Art du Defi, the Art of Challenge

November 2nd, 2023 - September 15, 2024


Based in Vienna, Franco-Senegalese artist Alexandre Diop (b. 1995, Paris) uses discarded objects to create work that raises questions pertaining to sociopolitical, cultural and gender issues. Drawing inspiration from his European and African roots, he explores the legacies of colonialism and diaspora while tackling universal themes of ancestry, suffering, and historical violence. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring an essay by scholar Mara Niang and a conversation between Diop and Hans Ulrich Obrist, alongside a selection of color photographs.

“In recent years, the Museum has continued to expand its programming to share both new acquisitions and highlights from the collection, as well as works developed by its artists-in-residence, a position most recently held by Alexandre Diop. This presentations represent a continuation of our mission to spotlight a diverse mix of contemporary artists while encouraging public dialogue,” said Jason Rubell. “Works on view include both significant pieces by artists our family has engaged with over decades, as well as exciting work by artists we have recently interacted with during studio visits, and from whom we have commissioned bodies of work.”

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Le Mensonge d’État [The Lie of the State], 2021
mixed media on wood
47 3/8 x 67 7/8 x in. (120.5 x 172.5 cm)
acquired in 2021
Diop A LeMensonged Etat 02 tn


Honi soit qui mal y pense [Shame be (to him) who thinks evil of it], 2022
mixed media on wood
60 x 120 in. (152.4 x 304.8 cm)
acquired in 2022
Diop A 07 La Grande Odalisque tn


L’Histoire du Monde – Le Temps et L’Espace [The History of the World – Time and Space], 2022
mixed media on wood
triptych, overall 144 x 288 in. (365.8 x 731.5 cm)
acquired in 2022
Diop A 03 L Histoire du Monde – Le Temps et L Espace tn


L’Incroyable Traversée d’Abdoulaye Le Grand, Troisième de la Lignée [The Incredible Crossing of Abdoulaye the Great, Third in Line to the Throne], 2022
mixed media on wood
triptych, overall 144 x 324 in. (365.8 x 823 cm)
acquired in 2022
Diop A 07 L Incroyable Traversee d Abdoulaye Le Grand Troisieme de la Lignee tn


Mondo Carne, 2022
oil, oil stick, pastel, acrylic, charcoal, gouache on canvas
103 x 191 in. (261.6 x 485.1 cm)
acquired in 2022
Diop A 02 Mondo Carne tn