The Poto-Poto School of Painting, one of the most dynamic art groups in Africa, celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year.
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Background: The Poto-Poto School of Painting, one of the most dynamic art groups in Africa, celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year. The School, based in Brazzaville, is celebrating with an exhibition of its art, including 50 new works created specially for the exhibition. Among the guests was the Minister of Education and Culture. Mr Henri Lopes.
SYNOPSIS: In Brazzaville, the Poto-Poto School of Painting is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The Poto-Poto School is one of the most dynamic art groups in Africa...and dancers celebrated the opening of the exhibition last Saturday.
Mr Lopes, the Minister of Education and Culture was among the guests on the first day. The collection was a large one, and included 50 paintings created especially for the anniversary exhibition.
One of the old masters, Iloki, was there, admiring the work of his colleagues.
The School was founded in 1951 by a young French painter, Pierre Lods. Since then many Congolese painters have worked together in the studios. The painters are proud of having only one rule by which they work and live - liberty and respect for the individual. Congolese art is now among the best in Africa.