The Divine Comedy

10 March 2014

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Heaven, Hell, Purgatory Revisited by Contemporary African Artists

March 21 - July 27
Press conference:  March 20, 2014, 11 am
Private View: Thursday, 20 March, 7pm. By invitation only

Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso: the three floors of Frankfurt's Museum für Moderne Kunst are to be transformed into Dante's Divine Comedy in a groundbreaking exhibition of contemporary African art. Moleskine is participating as a partner together with the non-profit lettera27 foundation it supports.

Taking part in the mixed media show are some of the brand's previous acquaintances. Curator Simon Njami and artist Bili Bidjocka are the creators of Ecriture Infinie, a travelling art project supported by Moleskine: in celebration of handwriting and the pleasure of transferring thoughts from the mind to the page, an enormous notebook invites visitors to leave a handwritten message as if it were the last time they would ever write by hand. Njami and Bidjocka have also contributed to the Moleskine Detour project, as has South African artist Nicholas Hlobo, whereas Jems Koko Bi and Pascale Marthine Tayou feature in another travelling art project involving Moleskine notebooks. AtWork, produced by lettera27, engages local communities through workshops and interactive installations in order to create points of cultural exchange, creative experimentation and the circulation of ideas. 

Moleskine has been a longtime supporter of African art and culture, predominantly through its support of non-profit foundation lettera27. Projects such as Detour and myDetour contribute to initiatives like WikiAfrica, which aims to improve Africa's online visibility; the digitization of African magazines at Chimurenga Library; and AMM (Archivio Memorie Migranti), which brings together migrant and non-migrant volunteers, researchers, and media operators committed to a participatory method of recording current migratory processes and including its traces in the collective heritage of national and transnational memory.

The Divine Comedy will travel to further locations worldwide.

MMK - Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
Domstraße 10
60311 Frankfurt am Main

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Silvia Trenta |