Gourmet Fair

The Beauty of Boxing

The Rumble in the Jungle by Magem Makem Gélé. Photo courtesy FFB and Galerie Art-Z. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France — An intriguing, iconic and unique exhibition is unfolding in the French capital devoted to the world of boxing through contemporary African art. The exhibition which features photographs and works of art in myriad mediums has received the full support of the French Boxing Federation many of whose members and boxers were on hand for the opening gala soirée. The show which is being shown inside the gallery space of the house of Keneo Sport Experience has been organized in conjunction with the Galerie Art-Z which has been specialized in contemporary African art for the past two decades.

Acrylic painting on canvas by JP Kiangu depicting the knock-out of George Foreman by Muhammed Ali at the famous boxing match in Zaire as the leader of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko, wearing his signature leopard skin hat, looks on. Photo courtesy FFB and Galerie Art-Z. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

A highlight of the exhibition are works devoted to the celebrated Rumble in the Jungle, the heavyweight championship boxing match in which George Foreman vs. Muhammed Ali that was held in Kinshasa, Zaire on October 30th, 1974 and has been called the greatest sporting event of the 20th century. Of the works devoted to the fight one of the most emblematic is an acrylic on canvas painting by Baye-Dam Cissé of George Foreman stepping onto the scale. Never before scene photographs of the rounds are on hand as well as powerful black and white photographs of African boxers. All of the works may be purchased. The show which is running through to April 6th can be visited by appointment only. Contact at https://art-z.net/
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Champion Jimmy of the Ngwaka Beat Club which has been brought out in a limited edition of three fine art prints on Baryta paper. In the background a stencil by Beni Baras. Photograph Renaud Barret Photo courtesy FFB and Galerie Art-Z. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

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