BARTHELEMY TOGUO

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Biography

Born in M’Balmayo, Republic of Cameroon, in 1967.

Lives and works in Paris, France, and Bandjoun, Cameroon.

Barthelemy Toguo is not an artist locked inside an ivory tower; his work reflects his concerns about the development of his country, his continent, and the Earth as a whole. Reexamining the curent turbulence in the world through his imagination, as well as through the ancient myths that he updates, mixes, and clashes together, he offers works that he hopes will speak to all humanity.
After his primary and secondary schooling in Edea, and Sangmelima, Cameroon, Toguo attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where he studied drawing and sculp-ture. Starting in 1993, he attended the Ecole Superieure d’Art in Grenoble, France, where he discovered contem-porary art and was exposed to more experimental practices. The final stage of his artistic training began in 1998, in the prestigious Kunstakademie Dus-seldorf, where he was taught by the German artists Fritz Schwegler (1935-2014) and Klaus Rinke (b. 1939). There he also met the British sculptor Tony Cragg, the Greek installation artist Jan-nis Kounellis, and the German painter and printmaker Konrad Klapheck.

Toguo’s first exhibitions were held in France, Germany, and Africa (the Goethe Institut of Yaounde and Abi-djan). Although he lives in Europe and has become a French citizen, Toguo maintains strong roots in Cameroon and returns there regularly. In 2004, for example, he created the arts foundation Bandjoun Station, with an artistic and cultural building that opened in 2013. As a visual arts center and museum of contemporary art, Bandjoun Station is designed to welcome artists and re-searchers-in-residence from around the world, where they can develop pro-posals in harmony with the local com-munity. Thanks to exchanges with his fellow artists and collectors, Toguo has assembled a permanent collection for the museum. He has also organized ag-ricultural projects there, in the spirit of healthy and sustainable development.
In the late 1990s, art critics and cura-tors began to notice Tuogo’s works and invited him to participate in ma-jor art events. Among those curators were Hans Ulrich Obrist for Migrateurs (Musee d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris / l’ARC —Animation, Recherche, Confrontation, Paris) (1999); Jean-Hu-bert Martin for Partage d’exotismes, Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art (2000); and Pierre Restany for Political Ecology at Whitebox Art Center in New York City (2001).
Toguo has become a globe-trotting artist, participating in biennial and tri-ennial events throughout the world. He constantly extends the range and di-mension of his creations, using photog-raphy, video, installations, printing, and performance, and producing works that freely blend multiple techniques.

(in All The World’s Futures, Venice Biennial 2015)

 

SOLO SHOWS

2019
Urban Requiem, Galerie Lelong — New York (United States)

2018
The beauty of our voice, Parrish Art Museum — New York (United States)
Heimatlos — Nosbaum Reding (Luxembourg)

 2017
Fragile Body, Hadrien De Montferrand Gallery — Beijing (China)
Strange fruit, Galerie Lelong & Co — Paris (France)

2016
Déluge, Le Carré Sainte-Anne — Montpellier (France)
Strange Fruit, Stevenson — Johannesburg (South Africa)

2015
Les diables et les dieux, Château de Tanlay, France
Maison des Arts de Châtillon — (France)
Château Lynch-Bages — Pauillac (France)
Water Dance, WOMAD — Charlton Park (United Kingdom)

2014
Here Africa, Château de Penthes — Pregny (Switzerland)
The house of secrets, La Chaufferie, HEAR — Strasbourg (France)
An Afropolitan View, Uppsala Art Museum — Upssala (Sweden)
Art and History Museum — Narbonne (France)
Solo show — Cap Town (South Africa)
MAM Mario Mauroner – Contemporay Art — Wien (Austria)
Michael Stevenson Gallery — (South Africa)
Nousbaum Reding Gallery — (Luxembourg)

2013
BARTHÉLÉMY TOGUO: coexistence on earth, Wooson, Gallery — Daegu (South Korea)
Talking to the Moon, Modern Art Museum — Saint-Etienne (France)
Hidden Faces, Galerie Lelong, Paris (France)
Print Schock, Musée du Dessin et de l’Estampe Originale — Gravelines (France)
Dérives — Marseille (France)
Cathédrale Sainte Anne — Arles (France)
Specific Creation Woosong Gallery, Bonsandong, Jung-gu — Daegu (South Korea)
Signs in The Leaves, Médiathèque Benjamin Rabier — La Roche Sur Yon (France)

2012
A World Child Looking At The Landscape New Works, Nosbaum & Reding Art Contemporain — (Luxembourg)

2011
New Ceramics, Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres — Paris (France)
Specific creation Criminal Tribunal By Mario Mauroner contemporary Art, — Wien (Austria)
International Print Biennale 2011, Print Awards, Who is the true terrorist Hatton Gallery — Claremont Road, Newcastle (United Kingdom)
Specific creation, The Well Water New Performance, shower life La Verrière by Hermès — Brussels (Belgium)
J’ai deux amours, Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration — Paris (France)
Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College — (United States)
The Unhomely, Biennal Of Contemporary Art — Seville (Spain)

2010
Guo Wei/Barthelemy Toguo, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery — Beijing (China)
The Lost Dogs, Orchestra – Galerie Lelong — Paris (France)
Devils head, salon du dessin contemporain, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery — Beijing (China)
Cissé / Toguo, Dak’Art — Dakar (Senegal)
Biennale de Dakar, InFrench Institute — Dakar (Senegal)
Rencontre de Bamako
Foto Museum Anvers — (Belgium)
Johannesburg Art Gallery — Cape Town (South Africa)
National Gallery, and Centre culturel Franco-Mozambicain — Maputo (Mozambique)
The World Examination – Contemporary Art Center —Châtellerault (France)
Liberty Leading the People – Fundaçao Gulbenkian — Lisbon (Portugal)
Barthélémy Toguo / Pascal Pinaud, Workshop and performance, Villa Arson — Nice (France)
-Lyrics Night – Royal Museum of Bandjoun — (Cameroon)
Galerie de la ville — Poitiers (France)
French Institute — Pointe Noire (Congo)
The World Examination – Item Editions, Paris (France)

2009
The Pregnant Mountain, Robert Miller Gallery — New York (United States)
Road for exile, Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Palace of Marquis Pombal, — Lisbon (Portugal)
… et la parole fut, Frac île de la Reunion — Saint-Denis (France)
The world examination, Item Editions — Paris (France)
The aids issue cannot be solved thanks to the distribution of condoms -Benedict XVI- Mario Mauroner Contemporary, Art Vienna — Wien (Austria)

2008
Heart Beat – Baltic, Centre for Contemporary Art — Newcastle (United Kingdom)
Spiritual Genocide – Art Brussels — Brussels (Belgium)
The Devilish Human Temptations – Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art — Wien (Austria)

2007
Purifications Arco 2007, Madrid, by Mario Mauroner contemporary Art Salzburg and Vienna — Wien (Austria)

2006
La Magie du Souffle, Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur — Marseille (France)
The Wildcats’ Dinner, Ateliers d’Artistes de la Ville de Marseille — (France)
The Wildcats’ Dinner, Mario Marauner Contemporary Art — Salzburg (Austria)

2005
The Human Mirror, Ecole supérieure d’Art — Lorient (France)

2004
The Sick Opera, Palais de Tokyo — Paris (France)
Swallowing the World/Avalez le monde, Aliceday — Brussels (Belgium)
La guerre des sexes n’aura pas lieu, Fine Arts School — Valence (France)

2003
Pure and Clean, Institute of Visual Art Milwaukee — Wisconsin (United States)

2002
Puk, Puk, Puk, CCC — Tours (France)
Emergency Exit, le Lieu Unique — Nantes (France)
Epidémies, Goethe Institut — Yaoundé (Cameroon)

2001
Das Bett, Ecole régionale des Beaux-Arts — Dunkerque (France)
Art Unlimited, Art Basel — Basel (Switzerland)
Barthélémy Toguo, The Box Associati Gallery — Turin (Italy)

2000
Virgin Forest, La Criée centre d’Art contemporain — Rennes (France)
Pénicilline, Centre Culturel Français — Turin (Italy)

1999
Baptism, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf in der Tonhalle — Düsseldorf (Germany)
Migrateurs, ARC, mModern Art Museum — Paris (France)
Barthélémy Toguo, chez François Barnoud — Dijon (France)

1998
Parasites, Centre d’Arts plastiques — Saint-Fons (France)

1996
Barthélémy Toguo, Goethe Institut — Yaoundé (Cameroon)

1994
Pôle européen, Saint-Martin d’Hères — Grenoble (France)
The Pregnant Mountain, Robert Miller Gallery — New York (United States)
Road for exile, Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Palace of Marquis de Pombal — Lisbon (Portugal)
… et la parole fut, Fra — Reunion Island (France)
The world examination, Item Éditions — Paris (France)

Collections

Tate Modern — London (United Kingdom)
Barbier-Muller — Geneva (Switzerland)
Centre Georges Pompidou — Paris (France)
Musée national d’Art moderne — Paris (France)
The Dakis Joannou collection — Athen (Greece)
Burger collection Hing Kong — Zurich (Switzerland)
Collection Agnès B. — Paris (France)
Musée d’art contemporain — Lyon (France)
Museum of Contemporary Art — Miami (United States)
Fonds national d’art contemporai — Paris (France)
Kunstsamlungen der Stadt — Düsseldorf (Germany)
MAC/VAL musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry (France)
Musée de l’Immigration — Paris (France)
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaisme — Paris (France)
Frac Haute Normandie, — Sotteville-les-Rouen (France)
Collection Antoine De Galbert, Maison Rouge — Paris (France)
Studio museum de Harlem — New-York (United States)
Frac Corse, Corte — Corsica (France)
The Museum of Modern Art — New-York (United States)
Musée national d’art moderne de la Palestine
Musée d’art contemporain — Strasbourg (France)
Fondation Louis Vuitton — Paris (France)
E.S. Stella Matutina de Shyorongi — Kigali (Rwanda)