Hassan Musa

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Hassan Musa (born 1951 in Sudan[1]) is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Southern France.[2] Musa is considered an important contemporary African artist.[3]

Musa earned a master's degree from the College of Fine and Applied Art at the Sudan University of Science and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan, 1976 and a doctorate in Fine Art and Art History from the University of Montpellier, France, 1979.[4]


Musa's large works are usually executed in textile ink on printed textile,[5] creatively blending the designs of the fabric with his own painting. In his art, which he claims should not be labelled as "African",[6] Musa often[7] appropriates[8] classical Western masterpieces such as The Gleaners by Jean-François Millet[9][10] or Olympia by Édouard Manet.[11] Confronting and mixing these classical images with latter-day icons such as Vincent van Gogh,[12] Josephine Baker,[13] Che Guevara[1][14] or Osama bin Laden,[15][16] Musa creates a critical view on western art, politics and culture.[17][18]

Hassan Musa is also a calligrapher,[2][19] an engraver[20] and has illustrated numerous books.[21]

The artist is represented by the Pascal Polar gallery, Brussels, Belgium.


Alongside gallery exhibitions, Musa's works have been shown at:


  1. ^ a b Touya, Lucie; Koudedji, Thierry William (November 6, 2008). "Entretien avec le peintre soudanais Hassan Musa" (in French). Les Indigènes de la république. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Hassan Musa Calligraphe" (in French). Sudplanète. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ Enwezor, Okwui; Okeke-Agulu, Chika (2009). Contemporary African Art Since 1980. Damiani. ISBN 978-88-6208-092-7. 
  4. ^ "Hassan Musa". Art for humanity. Durban University of technology. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ Touya, Lucie; Koudedji, Thierry William (March 11, 2005). "Je pars d'un principe très simple : les gens sont intelligents !" (in French). Africultures. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ Gleadell, Colin (May 6, 2008). "Art sales: a continent out of the shade". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ Hassan, Salah; Oguibe, Olu; Allen, Siemon (2001). Authentic, ex-centric: conceptualism in contemporary African art. Forum for African Arts. The critical appropriation of classical Western masterpieces is an ongoing theme in the art of Hassan Musa 
  8. ^ Hassan, Salah; Giorgis, Elsab (Spring–Summer 2001). "Hassan Musa". NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ Gillemon, Daniele (March 19, 2008). "Hassan Musa brouille les pistes". Le Soir (in French). Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  10. ^ Lorent, Claude (March 12, 2008). "Se défaire des clichés". La libre Belgique (in French). Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  11. ^ Faucon-Dumont, Eliane (July 18, 2009). "Arts à la Pointe. Hassan Musa, un artiste engagé". Le Télégramme de Brest (in French). Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  12. ^ Busca, Joelle. "L’histoire de l’art revisitée : Hassan Musa". Artexclu (in French). Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  13. ^ Crenn, Julie (November 22, 2010). "Icône de la constellation Noire : Joséphine Baker" (in French). Africultures. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  14. ^ Burnet, Eliane (2004). "L’africain de service, des zoos humains aux biennales d'art contemporain". Ethiopiques (in French). Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  15. ^ Touya, Lucie; Koudedji, Thierry William (August 2005). "Images sacrées, images politiques" (in French). Africultures. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  16. ^ Humbert, Jean-Louis (March 2008). "Hassan Musa, Une urgence africaine". Exporevue (in French). Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  17. ^ Grewe, Cordula (2006). Die Schau des Fremden: Ausstellungskonzepte zwischen Kunst, Kommerz und Wissenschaft. Franz Steiner Verlag. p. 39. ISBN 978-3-515-08843-5. 
  18. ^ Africa remix: contemporary art of a continent. Jacana Media. 2007. p. 98. ISBN 978-1-77009-363-8. 
  19. ^ "Sudan Past and Present: From the Islamic Period to the Modern World". British Museum. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Africa remix". Centre Pompidou (in French). Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Hassan Musa". Emirates Airline Festival of literature 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 

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