Sonja Ferlov Mancoba + Ernest Mancoba
In company of Curator Jonas Storsve and Alicia Knock Centre Pompidou
The Centre Pompidou continues its work of sheding light on non-Western artists often little known to the general public. Married in Paris and sharing the same Parisian studio, Ernest Mancoba and Sonja Ferlov Mancoba will be given recognition by the Centre Pompidou in two distinct spaces, in order to pay tribute to the breadth of their practices, inseparable and yet singular. Discover the first full retrospective in France of the work of Sonja Ferlov Mancoba (1911-1984). Starting in the 1930s, Sonja Ferlov Mancoba produced a body of sculptural and pictorial work that was both profoundly personal and at the same time connected to 20th-century Danish and international artistic movements. At the crossroads between abstract and figurative forms, her sculptures and drawings were created using a large body of references, from African and Pre-Colombian art to Surrealism. Anthropomorphic, her works unveil a way of seeing the individual as a being that is perpetually evolving, refashioning the body’s borders, both in terms of the material and metaphysical, the formal and spiritual. The exhibition dedicated to Ernest Mancoba is unprecedented, opening up considerable thinking on a landmark figure in the debates on racial marginality and erasure, and more broadly in discourses reframing modernity. It is a unique opportunity for the Centre Pompidou to present a major career that has remained absent from previous exhibitions on these issues in France (“Magiciens de la terre,” “Africa Remix”).