Pascale Marthine Tayou work mines popular visual culture and social practices, using improvisational methods to construct installations relentlessly focused on the political and social conditions of postcolonial Africa.

He gave himself two first names Pascale and Marthine that he feminized. He studied law, hoping it would lead to a kind of purity, but fled the profession when he realized that the system was corrupt. He then turned to art, despite his suspicision that it didn’t exist. Tayou’s work is based on the premise that art cannot be separated from life. His site-specific installations recycle every kind of material, object, and image to testify to the continuous circulation of people throughout the world, their personal history and their culture. He refers to these projects as collective works, the result of that which he notices, of what happens to him in everyday life, a sum total of journeys, encounters, energy, chance and spontaneity.

Pascale Marthine Tayou
Pascale Marthine Tayou
Nkongsamba, 1966

Current Exhibitions

12 Apr — 05 May
The internal courtyards of the Palazzo d’Adda Borromeo, home to Galleria Bottegantica, hosts on an exceptional basis, a temporary installation by the artist Pascale Marthine Tayou. The exhibition, made in collaboration with Galleria Continua,...

Past Exhibitions

Continua Sphères Ensemble

16/09/2017 — 19/11/2017

Pascale Marthine Tayou: Beautiful

The Bass
29/10/2017 — 02/04/2018

The Restless Earth

Triennale di Milano
28/04/2017 — 20/08/2017

The White Hunter. African Memories and representation

FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea
31/03/2017 — 03/06/2017

Wirikuta (Mexican Time-slip)

Museo Espacio Aguas Calientes 03/11/2016 — 30/04/2017

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Nkongsamba Country of birth: Cameroon Date of birth: 1966