Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Live Virtual Auction, 28 February 2023

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa is a dynamic collaborative project conceived by Strauss & Co to address the need for diversified representation of artists from across the African continent in the secondary market. Curated by Strauss & Co Heads of Sale, Kirsty Colledge and Kate Fellens, with input by seven international art experts with embedded knowledge of Africa; Serge Tiroche, Valerie Kabov, Heba Elkayal, Danda Jaroljmek, Anne Kariuki, Dana Endundo Ferreira, Kimberley Cunningham. Curatorial Voices presents collectors with a broad selection of work by leading contemporary artists alongside select pieces by important historical artists.

Sold for

ZAR 109 250
Lot 83
  • Douglas Doudou Mbemba; Ultimo Treno

Lot Estimate
ZAR 80 000 - 120 000
VAT is charged on both hammer & premium for daggered lots
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 109 250

About this Item

Congolese 1978-
Ultimo Treno

signed and dated 2022

acrylic on canvas
165 by 165 by 2,5cm, unframed


Accompanied by a Pavilion 54 certificate of authenticity.

Doudou Mbemba is a Congolese artist who lives and works in Kinshasa. Between 2001 and 2006 he studied art at the l’Académie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa, which culminated in a Master’s degree. His paintings are energetic and turbulent, investigating themes of identity, migration, and technology. He experiments with different mediums on canvas from oil or acrylic to collage and mixed media.

Mbemba's work is probably an allegory of life at the crossroads of struggles, the denunciation of a society plagued by egocentrism, the illustration of a world where the exception is set up as a rule, where individualism takes precedence over collective interests. Through a warm and garish palette, he castigates social anarchy and the inversion of values through the theme of traffic jams. A committed artist, fervent starter of meritocracy, he wants to champion an artistic philosophy focused on the need to build a world that promotes the participation of everyone in collective happiness, a universe coordinated and ordered, through a new paradigm of living together.

Mbemba’s works have been shown in solo and group shows in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Senegal, South Africa, France, Belgium, and, most recently, in the USA where he participated in Driven to Abstraction (2022) alongside Cameroonian artist Romeo Temwa at Urevbu Contemporary in Memphis, Tennessee.


Pavilion 54, Global Digital Platform, 2023.

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