The first exhibition of contemporary Congolese art to be held in Britain was opened today (Monday) at the Royal Academy of Arts in London by the Ambassador of Congo-Kinshasa.
GV EXT. Royal Academy
SV Sign at entrance "Contemporary Congolese Art"
GV INT. Guests (3 shots)
SV Ambassador (SOF IN FRENCH)
SV Ambassador walks around exhibition
LV Guests look at paintings
GV ZOOM OUT TO SV "Two People Seated" (Exhibit 55)
CV "Hairdresser" (Exhibit 9)
SV ZOOM TO CV "To Women" (Exhibit 56)
MV Guests looking at paintings
SV "Fishing Village" (Exhibit 21)
SV "Man & Woman" (Exhibit 7)
SV "The Bearers" (Exhibit 8...2 shots)
CV "Women" (Exhibit 25)
GV Guests around exhibition
TRANSCRIPT: AMBASSADOR: SEQ 4: "I know that this exhibition, which is part of the cultural exchanges of our two countries, the United Kingdom and the Congo, will live up to your expectations, in spite of the absence of the artists. I declare the first exhibition of contemporary Congolese art in Great Britain open."
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Background: The first exhibition of contemporary Congolese art to be held in Britain was opened today (Monday) at the Royal Academy of Arts in London by the Ambassador of Congo-Kinshasa.
The exhibition provides a significant picture of contemporary Congolese art since it left the sphere of African native tradition for the modern world.
Since the war, two centres of native negro art on the River Congo have emerged. The first was based on the work of a Breton painter who had moved to Africa, Pier Romain-Defosses. His school was founded in 1947 and was based at Elizabethville, now Lubumbashi. The exhibition shows examples of his school's work in the paintings of Mwenze-Kibwanga and Pili-Pili.
The second school, considered more important, is that of the Belgian monk Marc Wailenda. The Academy of Fine Arts in Concessi developed from his St. Lukes Institute, founded in 1943.