Connaissance du monde, 1977-2005
Like an entomologist, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (1923–2014) had been archiving the contemporary world since the 1950s. He discovered traces of both the real and the spiritual worlds, which he recorded in thousands of drawings on small pieces of construction paper with a ballpoint pen and colored pencils. His works, assembled under the heading Connaissance du monde, were organized into series, groups, subgroups, and single units, creating a universe of their own. Several of the drawing series were presented in three rooms on the third floor. These included the 449 pictograms of his Alphabet Bété [Bété Alphabet], intended to rescue the culture of this western African ethnic group from oblivion; stories retold in images; Relevés de nuages [Directory of Animal-Shaped Clouds]; and an inventory of scarification designs called Antique Art Africain.
- Exhibition organized in collaboration with André Magnin and the C.A.A.C., The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva