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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. 

All in the Same Boat exhibition page


Cry of the Whale



Tricky Dicey Die (TDD)

Mutti

Ziggy


Passe Temps



Silver Queen

Kawessi

Gbèbô


Elerou



Aladé

Adé

Tanman


Kpadjè



Agbada

Papillon de nuit (Night Butterfly)

Fela Beat


Ogbé



Richesse (Wealth

Double masques (Double Masks)

Immigré (Migrant)


Rat-Singer: Second Only to God!





Rare Finerie








Food for Europe

Lampédouzeans


Water Cargo



Petrol Cargo

Coq du Rhone





Bleu Métalisé


Bye Bye


     


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



Croissant de lune

Single Airbag II

La Roulotte


Avion de Terre



Bidon Armé

Twin Airbags

BB


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)


Station d’essence d’Abomey Calavi



Pot à Eau

La Sortie

Avanti


Extraction



Humain Ba

Acadja
 

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


La Bouche du Roi by Romuald Hazoumè
La Bouche du Roi
   

Selected solo exhibitions
2016   Romuald Hazoumè: All in the Same Boat, October Gallery, London, UK
Romuald Hazoumè, Gagosian Le Bourget and Gagosian Gallery Paris, Paris, France
Romuald Hazoumè, Galerie 59pm, Brussels, Belgium
2015   Kunst & Nachhaltigkeit Vol. 4, Romuald Hazoumè, Swiss Mobiliar, Berne, Switzerland
Arè, Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin Romuald Hazoumè: Dance of the Butterflies, Manchester Museum, UK
Rat-Singer: Second Only to God!, Beyond Sector, Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE with October Gallery, London, UK
2014   The Armory Show, New York, USA, solo booth with October Gallery, London, UK
2013   Romuald Hazoumè: Beninese Solidarity with Endangered Westerners, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria
2012   Romuald Hazoumè: Cargoland, October Gallery, London, UK
2011   Romuald Hazoumè, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, Ireland, touring to Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales, UK
2010   Romuald Hazoumè: My Paradise - Made in Porto- Novo, Herbert-Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany
Romuald Hazoumè: Exit Ball, Solo Projects ARCOmadrid, Madrid, Spain with Galerie Aliceday, Brussels, Belgium
2009   Romuald Hazoumè: Made in Porto-Novo, October Gallery, London, UK
Exit Ball, Galerie Aliceday, Brussels, Belgium La Bouche du Roi, The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry, UK
2008   La Bouche du Roi, Horniman Museum & Gardens, London, UK
2007   La Bouche du Roi, The British Museum, London; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Merseyside Maritime Museum, National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool; Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol; Laing Art Gallery,
Tyne & Wear Museums, Newcastle, UK Romuald Hazoumè, Galerie Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
2006   Romuald Hazoumè: La Bouche du Roi, Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France
2005   Romuald Hazoumè, Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin
ARTicle 14, Débrouille-toi, toi-même!, October Gallery, London; World Museum, Liverpool, UK Romuald Hazoumè: La Bouche du Roi,
The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, USA
2002   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, Benin
Romuald Hazoumè, Galerie Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland
Romuald Hazoumè, Galerie Gut Gasteil, Prigglitz, Austria
Romuald Hazoumè: Vor-Sicht, Dany Keller Galerie, Munich, Germany; Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Germany; The Project,
New York, USA
1998   Breeduit, Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Benin/Benin tussen gisteren/morgen,
Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Romuald Hazoumè, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
1997   Romuald Hazoumè, Galerie 20, Arnhem, Netherlands
1996   Romuald Hazoumè, Gelbe Musik Galerie, Berlin; Dany Keller Galerie, Munich; Firma Harlekin Art,  Wiesbaden, Germany
1990-91   Masques Bidons II, National Museum, Accra, Ghana; Institut Français of Lagos, Nigeria; Bamako, Mali; Dakar, Senegal; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Museum Forum der Völker - Völkerkundemuseum der Franziskaner, Werl, Germany
1990   Romuald Hazoumè, Afrika Forum, Heidelberg, Germany
1989   Masques Bidons I, Centre Culturel Français, Cotonou; French-Nigerian Cultural Centre, Niamey, Niger
Selected group exhibitions
2017   Art/Africa; le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Open Museum #4 Alain Passard, Musée des beaux-Arts, Lille, France
The Eye in the Mask, Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum, Herning, Denmark
Frieze New York, New York, USA, with October Gallery, London, UK
Art Paris Art Fair, Paris, France, with October Gallery, London, UK
Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa, with October Gallery, London, UK
AFRICA; Raccontare un mondo, Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea (PAC), Milan, Italy
We All Love Art, Schlachthaus.fresh&fine art, SevenStarGallery, Berlin, Germany
2016   Essential Landscape, Al Maaden Art Gallery, Centre of Contemporary African Art, Marrakesh, Morocco Dans le regard de l’autre, Le Carreau, Cergy, France 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York, USA Independent Brussels 2016, Brussels, Belgium
2015   Picasso Mania, Grand Palais, Paris, France
FIAC OFFICIELLE, Paris, France
Frestas - Art Triennial, São Paulo, Brazil
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK; New York, USA
Folk Art Africain?, FRAC, Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France
Global Imaginations, Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, Netherlands
Double Take: African Innovations, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
2014   Interwoven Histories, October Gallery, London, UK Art from Elsewhere: International Contemporary Art from UK Galleries,
Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow, UK Interchange Junctions, Howick Place, London, UK FIAC-OFFICIELLE, Paris, France
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK Here Africa, Musée des Suisses dans le Monde, Genève, Switzerland
MASKS, JGM Galerie, Paris, France
BIACI: International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia
Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions, Picasso Museum, Barcelona, Spain
Art Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
2013   Macht. Wahn. Vision. Museum Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK
Art Paris Art Fair, Paris, France
Sleepless Night (as part of the Tribute exhibition), Institut Français of Benin, Cotonou, Benin
Focus on the Collection, Le Musée, Fondation Zinsou, Ouidah, Benin
Initiés – Masques de Romuald Hazoumè, Museé Dapper, Paris, France
West to West, Städtische Galerie, Bremen, Germany
Material Conceptualism: The Comfort of Things, Aanant & Zoo, Berlin, Germany ARTZUID, International Sculpture Route, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Water Cargo, Art Dubai, UAE with October Gallery, London, UK
Metropolis, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Vom Eigensinn der Dinge, KAI 10, Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany
2012   The Progress of Love, Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, USA
Sculpture is Everything: Contemporary Works from the Collection, QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia
Moving Into Space: Football and Art in West Africa, National Football Museum, Manchester, UK
African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, D.C., touring to Newark Museum, 2013, New Jersey, USA
We Face Forward, Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
Beneath a 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 Saint-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, Finland
The Global Africa Project, MAD – Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
L’Afrique à Paris, with Kura Shomali, Chéri Samba, Galerie Hussenot & Magnin-A, Paris, France Environment and Object - Recent African Art,  Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York; Virginia Commonwealth University, Virgina; Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont , USA
Art Paris, Just Art!, Grand Palais, Paris, France Reconfiguring an African Icon: Odes to the Mask by Modern and Contemporary Artists from Three Continents, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
2010   21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia The Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity, The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany
The Land Between Us, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
African Stories, Marrakech Art Fair with Magnin-A, Marrakech, Morocco
Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE, with October Gallery, London, UK
Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa, with October Gallery, London, UK
2009   AFRICA? Una nuova storia, Complesso del Vittoriano
(Jean Pigozzi Collection), Rome, Italy
3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art: Against Exclusion, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
Africa Arte Contemporanea, Four Seasons Hotel and Galerie JZ Art Trading, Milan, Italy
PERSONA. Ritual Masks and Contemporary Art, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium
Bénin 2059, Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin Who’s Betting on the 47?, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Germany
Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE, with October Gallery, London, UK
Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa, with October Gallery, London, UK
2008   U-TURN, Quadrennial for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Angaza Afrika: African Art Now, October Gallery, London, UK
PetrodollART, Galerie Motte et Rouard, Paris, France
Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE, with October Gallery, London, UK
Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa, with October Gallery, London, UK
2007   Why Africa?, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli,
Turin, Italy
documenta 12, Kassel, Germany
UN/FAIR TRADE. Die Kunst der Gerechtigkeit, Neue Galerie, Graz, Switzerland
Uncomfortable Truths: The Shadow of Slave Trading on Contemporary Art & Design, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salford; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, UK
Masques rituels et contemporains, Fondation Jean- Paul Blachère, Apt, France
From Courage to Freedom, October Gallery, London, UK
2006   100% Africa, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
De ida y vuelta: África, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Snap Judgements. New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, International Center of Photography, New York; Miami Art Central; Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2005   African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
2004 – 2007   Africa Remix, Düsseldorf; 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, Biennial of KunstFort Asperen, Acquoy, Netherlands
Magic Markers: Objects of Transformation, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, USA; Musée Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland; Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (MUDAC), Lausanne, Switzerland Correspondances Afriques, Iwalewa-Haus, Afrikazentrum der Universität Bayreuth,
Bayreuth, Germany
2002   African Market, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
40 Jahre: Fluxus und die Folgen, Kunstsommer Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany
2001   TRADE, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Lost & Found, Apex Art Curatorial Program, New York, USA
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, France
2000   Sieben Hügel, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Romuald Hazoumè, Paul Pfeiffer, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina, USA
Partage d’exotismes, 5th Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
Man + Space, Gwangju Biennale, South Korea D’sign, Galerie Dany Keller, Munich, Germany 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
Awards and Prizes
2009    3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow
2007    Arnold-Bode-Preis,
documenta 12, Kassel
1996    George-Maciunas-Preis, Wiesbaden
Collections
Barbier Muller Collection, Geneva, Switzerland Jean Pigozzi Collection, Geneva, Switzerland Collection Agnès b, Paris, France
Collection David Bowie, UK
Desmoines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, USA The Robert Devereux Collection, London, UK and Nairobi, Kenya
The British Museum, London, UK Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Museumslandschaft Hessen, Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany
National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
Emdash Foundation, London, UK
The Walther Collection, Neu Ulm, Germany Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, USA Tiroche DeLeon Collection and Art Vantage PCC Limited
The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall and Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham, UK
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, USA Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, USA
Permanent Collection of the US Embassy, Cotonou, Benin, Art in Embassies,
US Department of State
Swiss Mobiliar Collection, Berne, Switzerland
Selected bibliography
2016   Romuald Hazoumè: All in the Same Boat, exhibition catalogue, October Gallery, London.
[V + K = I] Verantwortung + Kreativität = Innovation, Die Mobiliar-Methode, Die Mobiliar, Berne, Switzerland, pp. 137 - 171.
2014   Antony Fredriksson, Vision, Image, Record – A cultivation of the Visual Field, Åbo Akademi University Press, Åbo, Finland, pp. 197 – 199.
Macht. Wahn. Vision., Exhibition Catalogue, Städtische Museen Heilbronn and ARP Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Kerber Art,
Bielefeld, Germany.
2013   Daniela Roth, Romuald Hazoumè, Mister Kanister und die orale Postmoderne, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Munich, Germany.
Romuald Hazoumè, Beninese Solidarity with Endangered Westerners, Exhibition Catalogue, Kunsthaus Graz, Universalmuseum
Joanneum, Austria.
Initiés, Bassin du Congo, Exhibition Catalogue, Musée Dapper, Paris, France, pp. 15, 210 - 229.
2012   Romuald Hazoumè: Cargoland, exhibition catalogue, October Gallery, London.
We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today, exhibition catalogue, Manchester City Galleries and Whitworth Art Gallery.
African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, Christine Mullen Kreamer, exhibition catalogue, the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 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 Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, pp. 90 – 91.
Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu, Contemporary African Art Since 1980, Damiani, Bologna.
2008   Chris 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, Bilbao, Spain.
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 1998: 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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