Magiciens de la Terre

  • Traditional paintings by the Yuendumu (aboriginal community in Australia) at the Grande Halle, Parc de la Villette, Paris 1989 © Centre Pompidou, Bibliothèque Kandinsky

Magiciens de la Terre was a contemporary art exhibit at the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Grande Halle at the Parc de la Villette in 1989 curated by Jean-Hubert Martin.


104 exhibited artists came from so-called non-Western countries. With a team of advisors the curator travelled to all five continents, visiting both academically trained and self-taught artists on site and not yielding to a discrimination between art and crafts in his selection of works. Magiciens de la Terre wanted to do away with the monopoly of European-American art and its narcissistic perspective. Instead, the exhibition was to describe artistic practice as a universal and spiritual phenomenon in a global world.