Ousmane Sow

24 Jun 2001 - 03 Sep 2001

In celebration of the IV Games of La Francophonie, the National Gallery of Canada provides the opportunity for the public to experience for free during the summer the monumental sculptures of internationally acclaimed Senegalese artist Ousmane Sow from 24 June to 19 August. Under the careful supervision of the artist himself, the twenty-three larger-than-life-size figures (about 2.2 metres high on average) that tell the stories of three African peoples: Nouba fighters, Masai warriors and Peulh herders, were installed on the West Esplanade of the National Gallery of Canada. This exhibition marks Sow's debut in North America, following a successful showing in 1999 at the Pont des Arts in Paris, where his works attracted over three million visitors.