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The Maison Ousmane Sow has been visited by many people since its opening on May 5th, 2018. In order to create his sculptures, for long hours, Ousmane Sow remained locked in his studio house in Dakar, a place where he lived from 1999 until the end of his life. This house, in itself is a work of art. Its floor is still covered with tiles made by the artist himself and the walls remain painted with "his material". Definitely contemporary, this building now shelters about thirty original pieces of artwork.

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    June 29, 2019

PARIS, June 29, 2019 - The City of Paris inaugurates Place Ousmane Sow in the fifteenth arrondissement, near rue des Entrepreneurs where the artist resided when he was in France.Watch Anne Hidalgo's speech, Mayor of Paris.

Inauguration of Place Ousmane Sow
Speech by Anne Hidalgo


    June 12, 2019

PARIS, 12 juin 2019 (AFP) - La Ville de Paris dédiera une de ses places au grand sculpteur sénégalais Ousmane Sow, qui partagea sa vie entre Paris et Dakar et fut le premier artiste d'origine africaine élu à l'Académie des beaux-arts, a-t-on appris mercredi auprès de la mairie de Paris.

Cette place sera inaugurée le 29 juin prochain dans le quinzième arrondissement, près de la rue des Entrepreneurs où l'artiste résidait lorsqu'il était en France. Lire la suite.

Dépêche AFP - Paris rend hommage au sculpteur sénégalais Ousmane Sow avec une place à son nom.


    June 9, 2019

After the installation of the bronze of the Couple of Corps à Corps wrestlers by Ousmane Sow at Place de Valois, inauguration of a Place Ousmane Sow in Paris, June 29, 2019. Read the press release.
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Ousmane Sow Square


    March 2019 

20 years after the exhibition at the pont des Arts in Paris, during a permanent bronze artwork's inauguration at the Place de Valois in Paris, the contemporary art magazine is devoting a special edition to Ousmane Sow.
The City of Paris could not have chosen a better day to inaugurate the permanent exhibition of a bronze masterpiece by Ousmane Sow on the Place de Valois. The "Couple of hand-to-hand wrestlers"  is, undoubtedly, the artist's most iconic work, from his Nuba collection which suddenly revealed and immediately made his work famous.

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Tuesday to Saturday

9.30 am - 12.30 pm

3 pm - 6 pm


10 am - 12.30 pm

3 pm - 6 pm


Monday, public holiday


    March 20, 2019 

The bronze statue "Couple of hand-to-hand wrestlers" from the Nuba collection takes over the Place de Valois.

Inauguration of the statue "Couple of hand-to-hand wrestlers".


    March 19, 2019 

Place de Valois in Paris.

Installation of the statue "Couple of hand-to-hand wrestlers".

Room Nafy Ndiaye


Room Ndary LO
Little Nouba

Room Moctar Sow

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The head, arms and back of the Sphinx are symbolically represented in a resolutely contemporary architecture for which he had created a design, like he would have done a sculpture, like a real artwork. This building now contains about thirty original pieces of artwork.



the House and the Artist

Ousmane Sow had his house in Dakar built according to his own mind, like a sculpture. It was based on a design he had created. He named it The Sphinx, while he was considering creating a collection about the Egyptians. And he covered the walls with the material he used to cover his sculptures. The house was completed in 1999 and he lived there until his death on December 1st, 2016. In an interview, he said that this house was the only place where he could carve.


  They visited the house  


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