City Dreams: Bodys Isek Kingelez at MoMA

“Without a model, you are nowhere. A nation that can’t make models is a nation that doesn’t understand things, a nation that doesn’t live,” – Bodys Isek Kingelez

Spanning three decades, the work of visionary Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez (1948–2015) will show at The Museum of Modern Art from 26 May. Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams,  the artist’s first retrospective, will feature more than 30 “extreme maquettes,” as he called them, in which he transformed paper, commercial packaging, and other everyday materials into dazzling, intricate sculptures of utopian possibilities for global urban sites.

‘Extreme maquettes’ (as the artist called them), were a transformation of paper, commercial packaging, and everyday materials – dazzling, intricate sculptures that suggest utopian possibilities for global urban sites.

Bodys Isek Kingelez (Congolese, 1948-2015). Ville Fantôme (detail). 1996. Paper, paperboard, plastic and other various materials, 47 1/4″ × 224 7/16 × 94 1/2″ (120 × 570 × 240 cm). CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva. © Bodys Isek Kingelez / Photo: Maurice Aeschimann. Courtesy CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection. Image supplied.

Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams 26 May, 2018 – 1 January, 2019 at the Museum of Modern Art, 3rd floor, The Philip Johnson Galleries, New York. For more info, click here. 

Seen at top: Bodys Isek Kingelex with Étoile Rouge Congolaise in Nantes, 1993. Courtesy André Magnin, Paris; photograph by André Magnin. Image supplied.


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