Divine Comedy

Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists (English)

Sixty artists from twenty-two African countries thematically explore The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, employing a broad range of artistic media such as painting, photography, sculpture, video works, installations, and performances. The exhibition catalogue Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory may be considered a triptych, following the rhythm of Dante’s famous poem. The African artists at the core of this project, which presents reproductions and presentations of their artwork, focus on notions taken from the poem that they have charged with different meanings, linked both to their artistic practices and their respective personalities. Five essays written by authors from various countries create immediate links to our contemporary times and add a further dimension to the interpretation of the works presented. Crafted from three different types of paper, this book is meant to become a collector’s item.

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Divine Comedy

March 2014

ISBN 978-3-86678-931-9

24,50 × 29,50 cm

376 pages

212 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound

two language editions

Languages: English

Mara Ambrožič, Simon Njami

Text by
Mara Ambrožič, Zdenka Badovinac, Roberto Casati, Johannes Hoff, Achille Mbembe, Simon Njami, Pep Subirós

Design by
Corinne App, Frankreich

Exhibitions: “Divine Comedy – Himmel, Hölle, Fegefeuer”, März–Juni 2014, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; September-Dezember 2014, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah; Januar–Juni 2015, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington; Juni–November 2015, Ca’ Foscari, Venedig