The first exhibition of Picasso's works ever staged in Africa opened in Dakar, Senegal, on Thursday (April 6).
The first exhibition of Picasso's works ever staged in Africa opened in Dakar, Senegal, on Thursday (April 6). President Leopold Senghor and the French Minister of Cultural Affairs Monsieur Jacques Dihamel attended the inauguration.
M. Duhamel - who arrived in Senegal the day before at the invitation of President Senghor - told reporters that the exhibition was proof of the Senegalese people's willingness to share in the contemporary artistic, intellectual spiritual movement.
The exhibition, staged in Dakar's Musee Dynamique - is scheduled to run for one month.
SYNOPSIS: The first exhibition in an African country of works by the Spanish artist Picasso opened in Dakar, Senegal, this month.
Attending the inauguration were the President of the West African country hosting the exhibition, Leopold Senghor, and French Cultural Affairs Minister Jacques Duhamel - specially invited to Senegal by the President.
In an article he wrote for the occasion, Monsieur Duhamel noted the strong ties often discovered between Picasso's work and traditional African art...President Senghor paid tribute to Picasso's creative power - rarely equalled, he said, and the product of the artist's own ethnic and cultural background....
Because of the way Picasso used his own cultural heritage, President Senghor said, he made a perfect model for students at the Dakar School...