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Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary African Art

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Vincent Michéa
B. 1963
Nº66
signed and dated 2004 (lower right)
acrylic on canvas
129.5 by 129.5 cm., 51 by 51in.
Painted in 2004
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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

Exhibited

London, Saatchi Gallery, Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America, 2015

Catalogue Note

Nº66 is an illustrated version of an album cover by Orchestre Cobantou, which dates back to 1970. The People’s Republic of the Congo had just been formed as a ‘self-declared Marxist-Leninist socialist state’ two years after the 1968 coup in which Captain Marien Mgouabi assumed presidency from President Massamba-Debat.

Despite all the ongoing political events, the Republic of Congo was blossoming with ‘a new stream of pop music, energetic guitars, and honey-toned vocals’. It was this spirit represented on the album cover of Orchestre Cobantou that Vincent Michea recreates.

In Nº66, a man in a blue suit plays a guitar outside the political building, while sitting on a red car. He is aware of the ongoing political events but nevertheless, finds a moment to indulge in the musical vibrancy of the city.

Modern and Contemporary African Art

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