Romuald Hazoumè


Romuald Hazoumè was born in 1962 in Porto Novo, Benin, where he lives and works. His work is included in public collections including The British Museum, London; Musée Barbier-Mueller, Geneva; Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane; Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Neue Galerie, Germany; and The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany. Solo exhibitions include “La Bouche du Roi,” The Menil Collection, Houston (2005, travelled to Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, 2006; and The British Museum, London, ); “ARTicle 14, Romuald Hazoumè,” World Museum, Liverpool (2006); “Romuald Hazoumè: My Paradise—Made in Porto Novo,” Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany (2010); “Romuald Hazoumè,” Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2011); “Romuald Hazoumè: Beninese Solidarity with Endangered Westerners,” Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (2013–14); and “Romuald Hazoumè: Dance of the Butterflies,” Manchester Museum, United Kingdom (2015).

Hazoumè has participated in the Biennale de Lyon and Gwangju Biennale (both 2000), as well as the 3rd Biennale of Contemporary Art at the Garage Museum for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2009). He was awarded the Arnold Bode-Prize for his participation in in documenta 12 (2007).

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Left: Romuald Hazoumè. Photo: Hugo Aymar. Right: Manuel Mathieu. Photo: Marie-Anne Letarte

In Conversation

Romuald Hazoumè
Manuel Mathieu

Monday, February 28, 2022, 1pm est

Romuald Hazoumè and Manuel Mathieu will be in conversation about the ongoing exploration of identity, tradition, ancestry, and sociopolitical considerations in their practices. Both artists are from the African diaspora: Hazoumè was born in Benin, where he currently lives and works, and Mathieu was born in Haiti and is now based in Montreal. The pair will reflect on how their complicated personal histories and significant ancestral visual cultures remain central in their art. The conversation will be conducted in French and streamed online with English subtitles. To join, register at

In honor of Black History Month, Gagosian will host a diverse program of online events and highlight editorial features that explore Black identity. Through dynamic live events and selections from the gallery’s extensive publishing archive, the program will consider the rich contributions that Black artists and cultural workers have made to history, and how the past—both historical and recent—can inspire and animate the present and future.

Left: Romuald Hazoumè. Photo: Hugo Aymar. Right: Manuel Mathieu. Photo: Marie-Anne Letarte

Damien Hirst, Truffle, 2016 © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2018

Art Fair

artgenève 2019

January 31–February 3, 2019, booth B19
Palexpo, Geneva

Gagosian is pleased to participate in artgenève 2019, with modern and contemporary artworks by Georg Baselitz, Chris Burden, Urs Fischer, Romuald Hazoumè, Damien Hirst, Sally Mann, Olivier Mosset, Steven Parrino, Giuseppe Penone, Richard Serra, Rudolf Stingel, Spencer Sweeney, Mark Tansey, Tatiana Trouvé, Tom Wesselmann, Franz West, and others.

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Damien Hirst, Truffle, 2016 © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2018

Museum Exhibitions

Ellen Gallagher, Abu Simbel, 2005 © Ellen Gallagher


The Harry David Art Collection

September 19, 2020–March 18, 2021
National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens

The South African term ubuntu refers to notions of community and a spirit of sharing. As the inaugural exhibition of works from the Harry David Art Collection—which showcases leading artists active in Africa and the diaspora as well as African American artists—Ubuntu introduces five distinct curatorial viewpoints unfolding across five specially designed rooms. Each presents a personal selection of works from the collection chosen by one of five different artists and curators. In this way, the collection functions as a resource that is open to interpretation, with each space enabling artworks to be encountered as a series of unique conversations. Work by Ellen Gallagher, Theaster Gates, Romauld Hazoumè, and Meleko Mokgosi is included.

Ellen Gallagher, Abu Simbel, 2005 © Ellen Gallagher


Romuald Hazoumé

Originally scheduled May 6–November 11, 2020; currently postponed until May 2021
Château des ducs de Bretagne, Nantes, France

This exhibition places twenty works of art by Romuald Hazoumé, some created especially for this show, on view alongside the museum’s collection. Hazoumè’s art—which ranges across sculpture, photography, film, and sound—absorbs and confronts the complex realities of contemporary life in Benin and the broader ramifications of Pan-African politics.