Hassan Musa

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]

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

Musa is represented by Maïa Muller Gallery of Contemporary Art, Paris.[22]


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


  1. Touya, Lucie; Koudedji, Thierry William (November 6, 2008). "Entretien avec le peintre soudanais Hassan Musa" (in French). Les Indigènes de la république. Archived from the original on November 27, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  2. "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. Archived from the original on January 18, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  22. "Hassan Musa: the artist's stamp". Special Collections, SOAS Library. 23 January 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
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