The popular painting a genre of african art for the masses and inspired by everyday life that has developed in the post independence democratic republic of congo has a distinctive style yet the attractive bright colours of these works at first belie their political power. The public program accompanying the exhibition congo art works popular painting is composed of a diverse set of activities intended to explore the popular art mass culture urban systems and social situation in the democratic republic of congo. An opportunity to meet up with some of the painters whose works are represented in the exhibition congo art works popular painting ange kumbi chri benga mufuki mukuna toma muteba lutumbue barl. Garage curator valentin dyakonov on congo art works popular painting this summer garage examines the phenomenon of popular art in two very different places the democratic republic of congo and chukotka. Congo art works popular painting historical objects drawings and archive footage provide a broader perspective and similarities to older art and other genres from congo are clearly visible the meaning behind popular paintings doesnt seem to be fundamentally different from the role which older art forms
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