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Alighiero e Boetti and Frédéric Bruly Bouabré: Worlds Envisioned

October 6, 1994–June 25, 1995, Dia Chelsea


This exhibition, a joint project between the late Italian artist Alighiero e Boetti and Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, a seventy-year-old artist from the Ivory Coast, was comprised of works by each of the artists. The works borrowed from Boetti cover a span of the past twenty years, and were primarily embroidered work (woven in Afghanistan to Boetti's designs) including maps, the "1000 longest rivers," and small works. Also included were new work produced by Boetti in Abidjan shortly before his recent untimely death. Bruly Bouabré's work takes the form of small drawings on 4" x 8" cards, grouped into sets of 50 to 100 on such topics as scarification, the alphabet, cosmologies, etc. Books and manuscripts by the artists were on view as well.


Alighiero e Boetti


Alighiero e Boetti was born in Turin, Italy, in 1940. He died in Rome in 1994.

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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré was born in Zéprégühé, Côte d’Ivoire, in 1923. He died in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in 2014.

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Photo: Don Stahl

Worlds Envisioned: Alighiero e Boetti and Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

This catalogue for the exhibition Worlds Envisioned brings into dialogue the works of the Italian artist Alighiero e Boetti and Ivoirian artist/author Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, who share a fascination with taxonomy and the inversion of epistemological conventions.

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