About the Museum


Exterior View, Exhibition Les Fantômes du fleuve Congo
Exterior View, Exhibition Les Fantômes du fleuve Congo
© Fondation Dapper – Photo Aurélie Leveau.

Exterior View, Exhibition Les Fantômes du fleuve Congo

View of the Exhibition Les Fantômes du fleuve Congo by Léon Nyaba Ouedraogo, During the event Gorée, regards sur cours, 29 April – 1 June 2017, Curator: Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau
Interior View, Exhibition L’Art de manger. Rites et croyances, Afrique, Océanie et Insulinde
© Fondation Dapper – Photo Aurélie Leveau.

Interior View, Exhibition L’Art de manger. Rites et croyances, Afrique, Océanie et Insulinde

View of the Exhibition L’Art de manger. Rites et croyances, Afrique, Océanie et Insulinde, 15 October 2014 – 12 July 2015, musée Dapper, Paris, Curators: Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau and Anne van Cutsem-Vanderstraete, with the collaboration of Gilles Bounoure
Interior View, Contemporary art section of the exhibition Afriques. Artistes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui
© Fondation Dapper – Photo Françoise Monnin.

Interior View, Contemporary art section of the exhibition Afriques. Artistes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui

View of the Contemporary art section of the exhibition Afriques. Artistes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, at the Fondation Clément (Martinique) designed and realised by Fondation Dapper, 21 January – 6 May 2018, On the left, Tigritude by Hassan Musa, on the center You don’t see after by Omar Ba, Curator: Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau

The Fondation Dapper is an institution fostering the cultures from Africa, the Caribbean and their diasporas.

Since 1986, the Fondation Dapper has designed and shown about 50 exhibitions, enabling various publics to discover or to rediscover masks, statuettes, insignia of dignity, etc. from the most important collections, including the foundation's collection itself.

For over 18 years, Dapper has also been actively involved in shedding the light on the cultural and art dynamics of an ever-changing Africa. Thus, in its former museographical space, the Fondation Dapper has regularly held group exhibitions or monographic exhibitions.

In 2017, the Fondation Dapper has become nomadic to focus on raising the awareness of a new range of public, including in Africa and in the Caribbean.

In line with its new orientations, the Fondation Dapper participates to the Dakar’s Biennials and has designed a major exhibition entitled “Africas, Artists of yesterday and today” hosted by the Fondation Clément in Martinique, showing ancient African arts for the first time in the Caribbean.

(Photo: View of Ndary Lo, rétrospective, Dakar Biennial, Dakar, 3 May – 2 June 2018, Curators: Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau and Sylvain Sankalé, © Fondation Dapper – Photo Richard Piegza.)

Collection Highlights


Kota/Obamba Gabon Sousa-Sandra area Reliquary
Punu Gabon Mask mukuyi
Kwele Congo Mask
Fang Gabon Reliquary figure eyema byeri
Dogon Mali Dogon Pilaster togu na
Fondation Dapper: Collection Highlights
Kota/Obamba Gabon Sousa-Sandra area Reliquary
Wood, brass and copper, H.: 56 cm
Collected in 1922 by Maurice Polidori in Sousa-Sandra, Fondation Dapper, Paris, © Fondation Dapper Archives – Photo Olivier Gallaud.
Punu Gabon Mask mukuyi
Wood and pigments , H.: 34 cm
Formerly André Lhote collection, Fondation Dapper, Paris, © Fondation Dapper Archives – Photo Hughes Dubois.
Kwele Congo Mask
Wood and pigments, H.: 55 cm
Formerly Aristide Courtois and Charles Ratton collections, Fondation Dapper, Paris, © Fondation Dapper Archives – Photo Mario Carrieri.
Fang Gabon Reliquary figure eyema byeri
, H.: 43 cm (figure) ; H. tot.: 56 cm
Formerly Georges de Miré, Louis Carré and Jacob Epstein collections, Exhibited at galerie Pigalle in Paris in 1930 Fondation Dapper, Paris, © Fondation Dapper Archives – Photo Hughes Dubois.
Dogon Mali Dogon Pilaster togu na
Wood and pigments, H.: 132 cm
Formerly Lester Wunderman collection, Fondation Dapper, Paris, © Fondation Dapper Archives – Photo Hughes Dubois.
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