Bodys Isek Kingelez, Kimbembele Ihunga (1992) Courtesy of The Museum of Everything


Bodys Isek Kingelez

Bodys Isek Kingelez (1948-2015) was a Congolese sculptor and visionary artist. Growing up in a period of extreme political and social shifts, Kingelez sculpted fictional cities and buildings that reflect future visions for his country, the African continent and the world. His work has been included in ground-breaking exhibitions as Magiciens de la terre in Paris in 1989, The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994 in Munich and Documenta XI in 2002, both curated by Okwui Enzewor. In 2018, MoMA opened the large-scale retrospective City Dreams.