MoMa Celebrates Bodys Isek Kingelez's Dreamy African Cities
'Without a model, you are nowhere,' the artist once said, adding, 'a nation that can't make models is a nation that doesn't understand things; a nation that doesn't live.'View this post on Instagram
“A visionary is someone who dreams of what doesn’t exist yet. He has to make feasible what he has seen. You have to respect the vision. That’s the principle of art.” —Bodys Isek Kingelez ... As Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) rapidly redefined itself following independence from Belgium in the late 1970s, Kingelez created his own version of utopia, illustrated through intricately constructed sculptures of miniature buildings and cities. His vision for the future is now on view in #KingelezCityDreams. … [Artwork details: Bodys Isek Kingelez. “Reveillon Fédéral.” 1992. Paper, paperboard, and other various materials. CAAC - The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva. © Bodys Isek Kingelez. Photo: Carly Gaebe / Steadfast Studio]
Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York until 1 January 2019.