Founder of Dapper Museum, Michael Leveau, dies

By ARC Magazine Friday, November 16th, 2012 Categories: Reports, Updates

The founder of Dapper museum in Paris , Michel Leveau, died on Goree Island off Dakar, where he was for a few days to prepare an exhibition, announced a close on Thursday, November 15. Aged 81 years, Michel Leveau was found dead Wednesday at the home of one of his friends on the island of Gorée where he resided during his stay, said the relative, who preferred to keep anonymous. The death was confirmed Thursday by the Dapper Museum, who did not wish to discuss the circumstances of the death.

Dapper museum opened in 1986. | AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZES


Born November 30, 1930 in Paris, Michel Leveau had both Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines before joining the Corps des Mines. He has worked in Africa , including Mali , and was advisor to the Minister of Industry of Senegal from 1960 to 1963. He also chaired a company Comilog, which operated manganese mines including Gabon . Passionate about Africa, Michel Leveau came prepared to Gorée, former place of the slave, two exhibitions, which were opened on December 9 on the island. The first African masks, the second, “Memories” featuring works by contemporary artists and Caribbean Meeting on the issue of slavery.

Dapper museum takes its name Olfert Dapper , a Dutch humanist of the XVII thcentury author of a Description of Africa published in 1668 without ever having left the country. Michel Laveau created the Dapper Foundation for Arts African Amsterdam in 1983 before transferring to Paris. This private work in organizing exhibitions and knowledge of the artistic heritage of sub-Saharan Africa.Emanation of the foundation, the museum was established in 1986, is now installed 35 bis rue Paul Val ery in the 16 th arrondissement of Paris. It is directed by Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau , wife of Michel Leveau, a former journalist.

Since its opening, more than 40 exhibitions were presented. A promotion of the arts of Africa now add all other aspects of cultural diasporas from the Dark Continent, including the Caribbean and Guyana, which Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau was born.


Original article courtesy Lemonde. ARC Magazine would like to extend our deepest condolences to Monseiur Leaveau’s family and the entire team at Museum Dapper.

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