BY LESLIE JORDAN CLARY
The largest retrospective to date of contemporary art from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is currently on display at the Foundation Cartier in Paris. “Beauté Congo” includes 350 works by 41 artists spanning the years 1926 through 2015. The vast majority of these pieces have never been seen in Western museums. While the primary medium is painting, comic books, sculpture, photography and music are also included. The eclectic selection features early works by internationally acclaimed painter Sylvestre Kaballa and vibrant landscapes by Jean-Bosco Kamba. More contemporary works include a portrait of President Obama, Patrice Lumumba, and Nelson Mandala by Chèri Samba; moving urban photographs by Kiripi Katembo; and avant-garde collages by Steve Bandoma. The exhibition runs through November.