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Collection History

Le Centre d’Art has 5 collections, made up of acquisitions and donations from the Center’s artists since 1944:

  • Paintings on all different media;
  • Metal and wood sculptures;
  • A graphic art collection by prestigious artists;
  • Paper archives and artwork dossiers;
  • Publications, including the first Haitian art review published by Le Centre d’Art.

After the collapse of Le Centre d’Art building during the earthquake on January 12, 2010, the collections were saved thanks to the mobilization of the Center’s team.

Works and archives were then entrusted to the Haiti Cultural Recovery Project (Ministry of Culture – Haiti; Smithsonian Institution – Washington/USA). An inventory was undertaken and sixty-nine works (paintings, drawings and sculptures) were restored.

More than 5,000 works were saved, despite some of their critical states at the time. The collection was returned to Le Centre d’Art in 2012 and is today kept in satisfactory conditions.

In 2015, Le Centre d’Art launched a vast collection assessment in partnership with the école du Louvre (Paris) www.ecoledulouvre.fr. This assessment will lead to the implementation of a museology program assuring the continued study of the collections, inventory verification, a precise and digitalized inventory of the museum’s objects as well as their visual documentation.

Restoration campaigns (cleaning, treatments, even decontaminations) necessary for the conservation and readability of the works will take place thereafter or occasionally during the assessment depending on the needs.

Characterization of the Collection

The collections are composed of works from artists from all different social, educational and inspirational backgrounds: autodidacts, intuitive artists, storytellers, animal artists, visionaries, Naïve artists, Naïve-Surrealist artists, contemporary artists with Naïve tendencies, contemporary artists with classical training, etc.

It is a representation of Haitian society from 1940 to today via a pictorial microcosm, imbued with the strong personalities that characterize it. The most prestigious talents and the majority of artistic themes from the country are represented.

Although certain choice pieces today belong to the Musée d’art haïtien, the Center’s collection remains a patrimonial treasure.

A collection assessment will start in February 2016 in partnership with the école du Louvre, thanks to financing from the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation. After verification of inventory and digitalization of the works, Le Centre d’Art will have a program that enables it to efficiently manage its collection.

The “collection” section of our website will be progressively expanded over the course of this assessment.