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Match des personnes handicapées Africa & Europe (Match of African and European Handicapped People)
  • Mouscou
    born: Popokabaka, Kwango District, Bandundu, Democratic Republic of Congo ; active: Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Match des personnes handicapées Africa & Europe (Match of African and European Handicapped People), 2013
  • Where object was made: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • paint on canvas
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 99.1 x 128.2 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 39 x 50 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund
  • On view: Gallery 406
  • 2013.0059
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Exhibition Label:
"The Object Speaks", 15-Oct-2016
This painting exemplifies art populaire, a 20th-century artistic genre that developed in the urban hubs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Using the bold colors, dense scenes, and realistic style that characterizes art populaire, Mouscou makes a strong political statement about doomed relations between Africa and the West through the metaphor of physical handicap. Despite increasing recognition of art populaire as an important emerging tradition within art historical circles (and its prominence on the global art market), the DRC’s own Académie des Beaux-Arts (Academy of Fine Arts) refuses to display such works because they do not conform to the academic standards of its training program.