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Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams

Museum of Modern Art, New York

26 May 2018 - 1 Jan 2019

This is the first major institutional retrospective of the late Congolese sculptor Bodys Isek Kinglez (1948–2015), who worked with paper, commercial packaging, and materials from everyday life to create what he called ‘extreme maquettes’ that encompass civic buildings, public monuments, and private pavilions. The exhibition ranges from from early works that were included in the landmark exhibition ‘Magiciens de la terre’ at the Centre Pompidou in 1989, to his streamlined, dramatic forms of the 2000s. His works include single-building sculptures, spectacular sprawling cities, and futuristic late works, which incorporate increasingly unorthodox materials; together, these architectural fantasies envisage a utopian metropolis. Find out more about the Kingelez exhibition from MoMA’s website. 

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Stars Palme Bouygues, Bodys Isek Kingelez

Stars Palme Bouygues (1989), Bodys Isek Kingelez. Photo: Vincent Everarts Photography Brussels; © Bodys Isek Kingelez

Belle Hollandaise, Bodys Isek Kingelez

Belle Hollandaise (1991), Bodys Isek Kingelez. Photo: Marten de Leeuw; © Bodys Isek Kingelez

Belle Hollandaise, Bodys Isek Kingelez

Belle Hollandaise (detail; 1991), Bodys Isek Kingelez. Photo: Marten de Leeuw; © Bodys Isek Kingelez

U.N., Bodys Isek Kingelez

U.N. (1995), Bodys Isek Kingelez. Photo: Maurice Aeschimann; courtesy CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection; © Bodys Isek Kingelez

U.N., Bodys Isek Kingelez

U.N. (detail; 1995), Bodys Isek Kingelez. Photo: Maurice Aeschimann; courtesy CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection; © Bodys Isek Kingelez

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