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  • Romauld Hazoumè. photo © Jonathan Greet 2014
  • Romauld Hazoumè. photo © Jonathan Greet 2007
  • Romauld Hazoumè. photo © Jonathan Greet 2014
  • Romauld Hazoumè. photo © Jonathan Greet 2014

ARTISTS

Romuald Hazoumè

Romuald Hazoumè was born in 1962 in Porto Novo, in the Republic of Benin. Hazoumè’s work first came to prominence in the U.K. with the inclusion of his witty, tongue-in-cheek “masks” in the Saatchi Gallery’s Out of Africa show, in 1992.  Since then his work has been widely shown in many of the major galleries and museums in Europe and beyond, including the British Museum, the Guggenheim, Bilbao, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, ICP, New York, the Victoria &Albert Museum, London.

Winner in 2007, of the Arnold Bodé Prize (documenta 12, Kassel, Germany),the stellar trajectory of Hazoumé’s rise during these past fifteen years has catapulted him into the first rank of the international artistic community, marking him out as unique amongst other African contemporary artists.

His powerful exhibition Made in Porto-Novo, London, 2009, generated press interest from the BBC and The Financial Times. Prolific in a wide range of media, Hazoumè creates photographs, masks, canvases and installations.

In his photographs, slavery is the recurrent theme.  Not the historical slavery of the dominant western power in search of cheap labour, but more modern equivalents. Hazoumè focuses upon the Beninese men forced to ferry contraband petrol between Nigerian sources and their Beninese consumers.  Estimates suggest that 90% of all fuel used in Benin passes through these black-market channels known locally as Kpayo. His photographic series exposes an undercover system of gross exploitation. Whether confronting the legacy of the slave trade or creating witty portraits, his work documents the diversity of African life today. His work was exhibited at the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia and the Gerisch Foundation, Germany, in 2010 and his new solo exhibition which opened February 2011 continues until May at IMMA, Ireland. Two new, major catalogues were produced for the latter exhibitions. 


Rat-Singer: Second Only to God!





Rare Finerie








Food for Europe

Lampédouzeans


Kpayo mobile: Je t'aime moi non plus



Water Cargo

Petrol Cargo





Ma Poule


Chantou



Kucoback

Miss France

Kewessi


Bodjou-Bodjou



Fiegnon

Agbota

Dr Nibo


Petit wax



OFNI

Bye Bye

Croissant de lune


Pied à terre



Roulette Beninoise

Tyson
Romuald Hazoumè, Azo
Azo


Promenade à Porto-Novo


Romuald Hazoumè, Kpayo Army
Kpayo Army

Nature Vivante

No Limit

Romuald Hazoumè, La Panne
La Panne



BB

Single Airbag II

La Roulotte


Avion de Terre



Bidon Armé

Twin Airbags

Station d’essence d’Abomey Calavi


Marché de bidons



ARTicle 14, Débrouille-toi, toi-même! (version 2)
Market Forces (Better to Sell Meat than Men) by Romuald Hazoumè
Market Forces (Better to Sell Meat than Men)
And From There They Leave by Romuald Hazoumè
And from there they leave (Bouche du Roi)


Acadja



Pot à Eau

La Sortie

Avanti


Extraction



Humain Ba
La Bouche du Roi by Romuald Hazoumè
La Bouche du Roi

Exit Ball

Dream by Romuald Hazoumè
Dream


Dan Ayido-Huedo, Rainbow Serpent by Romuald Hazoumè, 2007
Dan Ayido-Huedo, Rainbow Serpent
ARTicle 14 by Romuald Hazoumè
ARTicle 14

MIP - Made in Porto-Novo

Selected solo exhibitions
2013   Romuald Hazoumè: Beninese Solidarity with Endangered Westerners, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria
2012   Romuald Hazoumè: Cargoland, October Gallery, London
2011   Romuald Hazoumè, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, touring to Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno
2010   Romuald Hazoumè. My Paradise - Made in Porto-Novo, Herbert-Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany
    Romuald Hazoumè. Exit Ball, Galerie Aliceday, Solo Projects ARCOmadrid, Madrid
 2009  Made in Porto-Novo, October Gallery, London,
    Exit Ball, Galerie Aliceday, Brussels, Belgium
    La Bouche du Roi, The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry, UK.
2008/9   La Bouche du Roi, Horniman Museum, London, UK
2007   La Bouche du Roi, The British Museum, London, touring to Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, Merseyside Maritime Museum, National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool, Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol, Laing Art Gallery, Tyne & Wear Museums, Newcastle, UK
    Romuald Hazoumè, Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
2006   Romuald Hazoumè: La Bouche du Roi, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
2005   Romuald Hazoumè, Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Republic of Benin
    Romuald Hazoumè: La Bouche du Roi, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
    ARTicle 14 - débrouille-toi, toi- même!, October Gallery, London, UK, touring to the World Museum, Liverpool, UK (2006)
2002   Romuald Hazoumè: La Bouche du Roi, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, USA
    Romuald Hazoumè, Centre Culturel Français, Turin, Italy
2001   Romuald Hazoumè, Galerie Olivier Houg, Lyon, France
1999   Romuald Hazoumè: La Bouche du Roi, Centre Culturel Français, Cotonou, Republic of Benin
    Romuald Hazoumè, Galerie Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
    Romuald Hazoumè, Galerie Gut Gasteil, Prigglitz, Austria
    Romuald Hazoumè: Vor-Sicht, Dany Keller Galerie, Munich; travelled to Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Germany; and The Project, New York, USA
1998   Romuald Hazoumè, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
1997   Romuald Hazoumè, Galerie 20 x 2, Arnhem, Netherlands
1996   Romuald Hazoumè, Gelbe Musik Galerie, Berlin, travelled to Dany Keller Galerie, Munich and Firma Harlekin Art, Wiesbaden, Germany
Selected group exhibitions
2013   Macht. Wahn. Vision, Museum Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany
1:54, Contemporary African Art fair, London
Initiés – Masques de Romuald Hazoumè, Museé Dapper, Paris
West to West, Staedtische Galerie, Bremen
Material Conceptualism: The Comfort of Things, Anant & Zoo, Berlin
ARTZUID, International Sculpture Route, Amsterdam
Metropolis, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
Vom Eigensinn Der Dinge, KAI 10, Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf
2012   The Progress of Love, Menil Collection, Houston, Texas
Sculpture is Everything: Contemporary Works from the Collection, QAGOMA, Brisbane
Moving Into Space: Football and Art in West Africa, National Football Museum, Manchester
African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
We Face Forward, Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
Beneath a the Petroliferous Moon, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea
Afrovision – Contemporary Art from Africa, Baku Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan
Africa/Africa, Abbey of St André, Contemporary Art Centre, Meymac, France
At Eye Level: Masterpieces of Medieval and Modern Art, Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany
2011   ARS 11, Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
The Global Africa Project, MAD – Museum of Arts and Design, New York
L’Afrique à Paris, with Kura Shomali, Chéri Samba, Galerie Hussenot & Magnin-A, Paris
Environment and Object - Recent African Art, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY (touring to Virginia Commonwealth University, Virgina and Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont  in 2012)
Art Paris, just Art!, Grand Palais, Paris
Reconfiguring an African Icon: Odes to the Mask by Modern and Contemporary Artists from Three Continents, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Land Between Us, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
2010   21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
The Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity, The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany
The Land Between Us, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Africa arte contemporanea, Four Seasons Hotel and JZ Art trading, Milan
PERSONA. Ritual Masks and Contemporary Art, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium
Bénin 2059, Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou
Who’s betting on the 47?, Naussauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
African Stories, Marrakech Art Fair with Magnin-A, Marrakech
Art Dubai with October Gallery, Dubai
Joburg Art Fair with October Gallery, Johannesburg
2009   3rd Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art: Against Exclusion, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
    Africa Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
    PERSONA, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Brussels, Belgium
    Bénin 2059, Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Republic of Benin
    “Who’s betting on the 47?” NKV Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Germany
    Art Dubai with October Gallery, Dubai, UAE
    Joburg Art Fair with October Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2008   U-TURN, Quadriennial for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Angaza Afrika – African Art Now, October Gallery, London
    Art Dubai with October Gallery, Dubai, UAE
    Joburg Art Fair with October Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2007/8   Why Africa?, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy
2007   documenta 12, Kassel, Germany
    UN/FAIR TRADE, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria
    Uncomfortable Truths – the shadow of slave trading on contemporary art & design, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; touring to Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salford, and Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, UK
    From Courage to Freedom, October Gallery, London, UK
2006/7   100% Africa, Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
2006   De ida y vuelta. África, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
    Snap Judgements: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, International Center of Photography, New York, NY, USA. - Miami Art Central, Florida, USA touring to Mexico, Canada and Europe
2005/6   African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
2005   Arts of Africa, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
2004-7   Africa Remix, museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf,Germany; Hayward Gallery, London, UK; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2003   Armour: The Fortification of Man, Biennale de Fort Asperen, Netherlands
    Magic Markers: Objects of Transformation, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; travelled to Musée Bellerive, Zurich; and Musée d’Art de Lausanne, Switzerland
2002   African Market, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
    40Jahre: Fluxus und die Folgen, Kunstsommer Wiesbaden, Germany
2001   TRADE, Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam & Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland
    XXXV Prix International D’Art Contemporain de Monte Carlo, Salle des Arts, Monte Carlo, Monaco
    Œil pour œil, Le Rectangle Centre d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, Franc
2000   Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France.
    Sieben Hügel, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
    Romuald Hazoumè, Paul Pfeiffer, Duke University Museum of Art Durham, North Carolina, USA
    Partage d’exotismes: 5e Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France
    Man + Space, Kwangju Biennale, Korea
    Dinge in der Kunst des XX Jahrhunderts, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
    Construction in Process VII: This Earth Is a Flower, The International Artists Museum, Bydgoszcz, Poland
    Art Basel 2000, Galerie Art & Public, Basel, Switzerland
1999   Spaceship Earth, Art in General, New York, USA
    Paradise 8, Exit Art, New York, USA
    Liverpool Biennial: International Festival of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, UK
1992   Out of Africa: Contemporary African Artists from the Pigozzi Collection, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Awards and Prizes
2009    Prize of the Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
2007    Arnold Bode Prize, documenta 12, Kassel, Germany
1996    George Maciunas Prize, Wiesbaden, Germany
Collections
Barbier Muller Collection, Geneva
Jean Pigozzi Collection, Geneva
Collection Agnès b, Paris
Collection David Bowie
Desmoines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa
The Robert Devereux Collection, London and Nairobi
The British Museum, London
La Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Museumslandschaft Hessen, Neue Galerie, Kassel
National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Emdash Foundation
The Walther Collection
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Selected bibliography
2012   Romuald Hazoumè: Cargoland, exhibition catalogue, October Gallery, London.
We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today, exhibition catalogue, published by Manchester City Galleries and Whitworth Art Gallery.
African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, Christine Mullen Kreamer, exhibition catalogue, published by the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC and The Monacelli Press, New York.
2011   Romuald Hazoumè, exhibition catalogue, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
Environment and Object: Recent African Art, eds. Lisa Aronson and John S. Webber, exhibition catalogue, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, New York.
2010   The Global Africa Project, eds. Lowery Stokes Sims and Leslie King-Hammond, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Arts and Design, New York.
Romuald Hazoumè: My Paradise - Made in Porto-Novo, Herbert-Gerisch-Stiftung, ed. Martin Henatsch Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern.
21st Century: Art in the First Decade, ed. Miranda Wallace, exhibition catalogue, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Contemporary African Photography from the Walther Collection, ed. Okwui Enwezor, Steidl, Göttingen, pp. 27, 300-301, 371 and 436.
2009   Romuald Hazoumè: Made in Porto-Novo, exhibition catalogue, October Gallery, London.
3rd Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art:  Against Exclusion, exhibition catalogue, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, pp. 90 – 91.
Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu, Contemporary African Art Since 1980, Damiani, Bologna.
2008   Christopher Spring, Angaza Afrika. African Art Now, Laurence King Publishing Ltd, London, pp.124 – 131.
2007   UN / FAIR TRADE: Die Kunst der Gerechtigkeit, ed. Christian Eigner, exhibition catalogue, Neue Galerie, Graz; Wien and New York, pp. 250 – 251.
John Picton, Romuald Hazoumè: An Intinerant Artist - arranged by Gerard Houghton.
Wayne Edge, Romuald Hazoumè: A review of ‘La Bouche du Roi’, in: Freedom and Culture. The Bicentenary of the Parliamentary Abolition of the Slave Trade, vol. 7, No. 2, ed. Shirley Chew, Moving Worlds, University of Leeds, Leeds,pp. 89 – 94 and pp. 95 – 98.
documenta 12, exhibition catalogue, Cologne, pp. 142 – 143.
2006   Romuald Hazoumè: La Bouche du Roi, exhibition catalogue, Musée du quai Branly, Paris.
100% Africa, exhibition catalogue, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Madrid.
Romuald Hazoumè, exhibition catalogue, Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin.
2005   African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection, ed. André Magnin, exhibition catalogue, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; London and New York.
La Bouche du Roi, exhibition catalogue, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas.
2004   Afrika Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent, ed. Jean-Hubert Martin et al.: exhibition catalogue, Hayward Gallery, London.
1999   Romuald Hazoumè: Vor-Sicht, ed. Peter Volkwein, exhibition catalogue, Städtische Galerie, Ingolstadt.
1998   André Magnin, Romuald Hazoumè in, 7th Triennale der Kleinplastik. Zeitgenössische Skulptur. Europa Afrika, exhibition catalogue, Ostfildern, pp. 140 – 143.
Frits Bless, Romuald Hazoumè, in Benin –Benin Tussen Gisteren Morgen, exhibition catalogue, Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn.
1996   Contemporary Art of Africa, ed. André Magnin and Jacques Soulilou, Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York.

   
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