Ousmane Sow, torchbearer of sculpture

Couple of hand to hand wrestlers (“Nouba” series), by Ousmane Sow (1987). Proceedings/ADAGP

PORTRAIT – The great Senegalese sculptor will be in the spotlight at the Musée du Quai Branly for a year.

Ousmane Sow, his tall stature, his calm, his natural authority, his smile, it’s already art history. Born October 10, 1935 and died at age 81 on October 1er December 2016 in Dakar, this autodidact with a powerful imagination attracted 3 million visitors to the Pont des Arts in 1999. This Commander of Arts and Letters and Commander of the Legion of Honor left an intensely figurative work where the body, the movement, the gesture are captured in their pure energy.

The first African admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in December 2013, this sculptor who is still unknown to the National Museum of Modern Art, will be honored very officially on Thursday September 14, at 6 p.m., with the installation of his work Couple of clinch wrestlers (series “Nouba”) on the collections plateau at the Musée du quai Branly, in Paris (7e). This installation, orchestrated by its president Emmanuel Kasarhérou, is organized on the occasion of the European Heritage Days and as a prelude to the Olympic and Paralympic Games…

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