Frédéric Bruly Bouabré was born in 1923 in Zéprégühé, Ivory Coast. He passed away at the age of 91 in 2014 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Bouabré was among the first Ivorians to be educated by the French colonial government. In 1948 he had a vision, which directly influenced much of his later work. He created hundreds of small drawings with a ballpoint pen and colored pencils while working as a clerk in various government offices, and these drawings as a whole comprise a project titled World Knowledge—an encyclopedia of universal knowledge and experience. Bouabré also created a 448-letter, universal Bété syllabary, which he used to transcribe the oral tradition of his people, the Bétés. This visual language is recorded through a set of approximately 1,000 small cards, each bearing monosyllabic pictograms, symbolic imagery, and text, with Bouabré’s commentary on life and history. His work was featured in the 1989 exhibition Magiciens de la Terre at the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Grande Halle at the Parc de la Villette in Paris. His work was recently featured in the Ivory Coast Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013).


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Exhibitions with Ever Gold [Projects]:

Gold Standard: Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition
Zachary Armstrong, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Mario Ayala, Sadie Barnette, Chris Burden, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Serge Attukwei Clottey, Petra Cortright, Mark Flood, Kate Groobey, Brian Harte, Marc Horowitz, Paul Kos, Jasmine Little, Mieke Marple, Shaina McCoy, Barry McGee, MOCA (Museum of Conceptual Art), Oscar Murillo, Guy Overfelt, Cameron Platter, Kour Pour, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Adam Parker Smith, Takis, and Christine Wang
January 12 – February 24, 2019

Defying the Narrative: Contemporary Art from West and Southern Africa
Takunda Regis Billiat, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Serge Attukwei Clottey, Paa Joe, Troy Makaza, Wycliffe Mundopa, Gareth Nyandoro, Simphiwe Ndzube, Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude, Irvin Pascal, Cameron Platter, Julio Rizhi, Nicola Roos, and Moffat Takadiwa
September 8 – October 27, 2018



Frédéric Bruly Bouabré
“Untitled (belle tenue vestimentaire – femme Africaine en robe Europèenne),” 2009
Colored pencil and ink on cardstock
9 x 6.25″ [HxW] (22.86 x 15.88 cm)






Born 1923, Zéprégühé, Ivory Coast
Died 2014, Abidjan, Ivory Coast


Solo Exhibitions

The world of Frédéric Bruly Bouabré and his Object teaching at Kimmel Center Window Gallery (New York, NY)

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré at Tate Modern (London, England)

Bon Séjour, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré at Galerie du jour (Paris, France)
agnès b. (Paris, France)

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré at Collection de l’Art Brut (Lausanne, Switzerland)

African Stories at Ancienne Banque du Maroc (Marrakech, Morocco)

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré at Galerie aliceday (Brussels, Belgium)

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré: La Haute Diplomatie at Ikon Gallery (Birmingham, England)

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré at Musée des Civilisations de Côtes d’Ivoire (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré at Musée Champollion (Figeac, France)

Dany Keller Galerie (Munich, Germany)

Mondes – Frédéric Bruly Bouabré & Alighiero e Boetti at American Center (Paris, France)

World Envisionned -Frédéric Bruly BOUABRE & Alighiero e BOETTI at Dia Center for the Arts (New York, NY)

Portikus. Frédéric Bruly BOUABRE at Kunsthalle Francfort (Frankfurt, Germany): traveled to Bern, Switzerland; Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin, Germany); and Ludwig Museum (Aachen, Germany)



Selected Group Exhibitions

Gold Standard: Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition at Ever Gold [Projects] (San Francisco, CA)

Co-Naissance at Magnin-A (Paris, France)
Defying the Narrative: Contemporary Art from West and Southern Africa at Ever Gold [Projects] (San Francisco, CA)
Talent Show at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts (New York, NY)
Evora Africa at Magnin-A (Paris, France)

Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier at Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris, France)
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré & Serge Attukwei Clottey at Burning in Water (New York, NY)
Dans Un Ciel Ensoleille at UTA Artist Space (Los Angeles, CA)

Xu Bing Worlds of Words / Goods of Gods at Triennale de Milan (Milan, Italy)

ROC at galerie du jour agnès b (Paris, France)
La fabrique à fantasmes, Regard sur la collection du musée de Ouidah at Fondation Zinsou (Cotonou, Benin)
Rituels, répétitions, contraintes, tentations – Plateforme Roven at Musée régional d’art contemporain du Languedoc-Roussillon (Sérignan, France)
Un regard sur la collection Agnès B. at le LaM de Villeneuve d’Ascq (Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France)
Chinese Utopias Revisited: The Elephants at Bozar (Bruxelles, Belgium )
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair (New York, NY)
The Untold Want at Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery (Dublin, Ireland)
Le monde entier jusqu’à aujourd’hui at Villa du parc, Centre d’art contemporain (Annemasse, Switzerland)
Pino Pascali, l’africano. Sirens Virginia Ryan e Frédéric Bruly Bouabré at Museo Civico di Castelbuono (Castelbuono, Italy)
Drawing Now (Paris, France)
Art Genève with galerie Magnin-A (Geneva, Switzerland)

Ici l’Afrique/Here Africa – L’Afrique contemporaine à travers le regard de ses artistes at Musée des Suisses dans le Monde, Château de Penthes (Pregny-Chambésy, Switzerland)
Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions at Museu Picasso (Barcelona, Spain)
African way at Chapelle de la Visitation (Thonon-les-bains, France)
Hommage à Frédéric Bruly Bouabré et Okhai Ojeikere at Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France)
Une histoire, Art, Architecture et design des années 1980 à nos jours at Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)
Fiac Officielle (Paris, France)
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair (London, England)
Art Genève (Geneva, Switzerland)

The 55th Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy)
Dessins et oeuvres sur papier at Galerie Jean Brolly (Paris, France)
Four corners of the world at Hite Foundation (Séoul, South Korea)
Focus sur la collection at Musée de la Fondation Zinsou (Ouidah, Benin)
Mes Amours… at Bandjoun Station (Bandjoun, Cameroon)
Solo Project Art Fair – Basel with galerie Magnin-A at St Jakobshalle (Basel, Switzerland)
Art Paris Art Fair 2013 at Grand Palais (Paris, France)
Yia Art Fair (Paris, France)
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair (London, England)

Inventing the World: The Artist as Citizen at Biennale Benin
Drawing Now Paris with Magnin-A at Carrousel du Louvre (Paris, France)
Aujourd’hui je travaille avec mon petit filsat Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)
The Imminence of Poetics at São Paulo Biennial (São Paulo, Brazil)
Art Brussels (Brussels, Belgium)

Prism – Drawings from 1990 – 2011 at The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Oslo, Norway)
Le Monde vous appartient at Palazzo Grassi, François Pinault Foundation (Venice, Italy)
ArtParis, Just art! at Grand Palais (Paris, France)
Riad Al Maaden (Marrakech, Morocco)
La petite revue de l’art moderne et contemporain en Côte d’Ivoire at Rotonde des Arts (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)

Artparis+guests with André Magnin & Leridon Collection at Grand Palais (Paris, France)
African Stories at Marrakech Art Fair (Marrakech, Morocco)
La Collection de l’Art Brut (Lausanne, Switzerland)

Africa Arte Contemporanea at JZ Art Gallery (Milan, Italy)
Against Exclusion, 3rd Biennale d’Art Contemporain at The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow, Russia)
Animal, Anima at Fondation Blachère (Apt, France)
Una nuova storia at Complesso del Vittoriano (Rome, Italy)

Why Africa? at Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli (Turin, Italy)
Musée d’art contemporain de Cocody (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)

100% Africa at Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain)

Arts of Africa at Grimaldi Forum (Monaco, France)
African Art Now : Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection at Museum of Fine Art Houston (Houston, TX)

Africa Remix – Art contemporain d’un continent at Museum Kunst Palast (Düsseldorf, Germany): traveled to Hayward Gallery (London, England); Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France); and Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan)
Les Afriques at Tri Postal (Lille, France)
Je m’installeaux abattoirs !- La collection d’art contemporain d’agnès b. at Les Abattoirs (Toulouse, France)

L’Invention du Monde at Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)
Transferts at Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels, Belgium)
Correspondances Afriques at Iwalewa-Haus – Afrikanzentrum der Universität Bayreuth (Bayreuth, Germany)

Inauguration du Plateau at Le plateau (Paris, France)

Egofugal – Istanbul 7th Biennal (Istanbul, Turkey)

Voici – 100 Years of Contemporary Art at Bruxelles Fine Art Palace (Bruxelles, Belgium)

Zeitwenden at Kunstmuseum Bonn (Bonn, Germany)
Art-Worlds in Dialogue at Ludwig Museum (Cologne, Germany)
Art Visionnaire/Visionary Art at Halle Saint Pierre (Paris, France)

Johannesburg 2nd Biennale (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Kwangju Biennal (Kwangju, Korea)

Sydney Biennale at The Gunnery (Sydney, Australia)

Féminin/Masculin. Le sexe de l’art. at Modern Art National Museum, Georges Pompidou Center (Paris, France)

Big City at Serpentine Gallery (London, England)
Gallery of 5th Continents at Oceanian and African Art Museum (Paris, France)
Dialogues de Paix/ Dialogues of Peace at Palace of United Nations (Geneva, Switzerland)

Frédéric Bruly BOUABRE at Ginza Art Space, Shiseido Co Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan)
Rencontres Africaines at Arabic World Institute (Paris, France)

Grapholies at Abidjan Art Festival (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)
La Grande Vérité, les Astres Africains at Musée d’arts de Nantes (Nantes, France)
Art Against AIDS at Guggenheim Museum for Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy)
Trésors de voyage/ Travel Treasures at Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy)

Resistances at The Watari-Um Foundation for Contemporary Art (Tokyo, Japan)
Out of Africa at Saatchi Collection (London, England)

Africa Hoy – Africa Now at Atlantic Center of Modern Art (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain): traveled to Groninger Museum (Groningen, Netherlands); and Contemporary Art Cultural Center (Mexico City, Mexico)

Magiciens de la Terre at National Museum of Modern Arts – M.N.A.M. Georges Pompidou Center, Grande Halle de la Villette (Paris, France)