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CITÉ DU FLEUVE Perhaps it will never be realized, but the project is still remarkable and ambitious: a city situated on the River Congo near the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa, a brand new city cut off from the old one. Dubai is not so far away – at least one’s thoughts turn in that direction. The Cité du Fleuve is an image of a tendency spreading across Africa – new cities separate from the old ones or at least free of them. The city on the river is still only a mirage, but similar projects are being realized in several places. In Kinshasa this dream seems rather paradoxical when one sees the condition of the city – but perhaps it is more manageable to build something new. KINSHASA 89 BODYS ISEK KINGELEZ /  DR CONGO: KINSHASA LA BELLE, 1991 Since the beginning of the 1980s the Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez has worked with striking city models which have later become his hallmark. His so-called ‘extreme models’ are built of cardboard, plastic, silver foil and other readily available materials and reflect optimistic – and perhaps utopian – ideas of the African metropolis. Kinshasa la Belle represents a fictive building in the artist’s home town. Courtesy: CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva


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