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Bodys Isek Kingelez’s ‘extreme maquettes’ will soon go on show at MoMA

The late Congolese sculptor’s spectacular large-scale cities – made from paper and commercial packaging – will be showcased over the summer.

His “extreme maquettes” saw public monuments, civic buildings and national pavilions recreated in miniature using commercial packaging, paper and everyday materials.

Soon, the work of Bodys Isek Kingelez – who passed away in 2015 – will be celebrated at a new exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

It will be the first retrospective of the Congolese sculptor’s three-decade career when it opens on May 26.

Among the exhibits will be early single-building sculptures and spectacular sprawling cities; also included are Kingelez’s later futuristic works, in which he used increasingly unorthodox materials.  

“Although his work has long been featured in major international exhibitions, this will the first opportunity to explore the full breadth of his career,” MoMA said.

“The installation captures his transition from single buildings to entire metropolises, culminating in a selection of Kingelez's large-scale cities, marked by soaring forms that characterise much of his late production.”