Mathias Hevert visits Gando from 04.-07. February 2019 and shares his travel impressions in this video.
Curated by Luis Fernández-Galiano, the exhibition ‘Francis Kéré. Primary Elements’ at Museo ICO in Madrid (03 October 2018 - 03 February 2019) opens October 3rd, at 7pm. The exhibition will offer an overview of Kéré Architecture's work and practice through a selection of 27 projects and 6 installations, including the Gando Primary School in Burkina Faso.
New African Magazine recognized Francis Kéré as one of the most influential Africans in 2017. We feel very honored!
In his latest book, Landmark Bildings: A review of Three Decades of Architecture, published by DETAIL, Christian Schittich highlights Francis Kéré’s work in Burkina Faso. It features the Primary School, and other projects carried on by Kéré Foundation in Burkina Faso. We are very proud that more than 15 years after the school was built it still serves the Gando community and is recognized as a landmark building in modern architecture.
We would like to thank Hevert-Arzneimittel for the generous donation as part of its campaign "Together for Gando" with which the family business has been supporting our school construction projects in Burkina Faso for years. Mathias Hevert (left) and Sarah Hevert presented the symbolic check to Diébédo Francis Kéré at the Hevert neighborhood party in Berlin. Photo: Hevert-Arzneimittel
An art auction for a good cause. The Rotary Club Berlin-Gedächtniskirche auctioned works by 50 artists from 14 different nations under the direction of President Michael Brüne and the German photographer Sven Hoffmann, thereby supporting the projects of the Kéré Foundation. Among the works were portraits of Romy Schneider, Konrad Adenauer, Joseph Beuys, Samuel Beckett, Klaus Kinski and Willi Brandt. We are honored to have contributed a photograph of the award-winning primary school in Gando.
The exhibition "Creative Africa" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, showed among others the work of Francis Kéré. Part of the exhibition was a chair designed by Kéré for our school furniture, which is made of recycled material from our construction sites. In the museum shop, a limited number of chairs signed by Francis Kéré is available for 1,000 USD. The Kéré Foundation benefits from this solution.
Dear sponsors and friends of the Kéré Foundation: The following projects are currently under construction and require your financial support to be completed.
Songtaaba Women's center in Gando: Structural works are completed, clay walls are under construction, interior work and furniture are still missing.
School library in Gando: Structural works are completed, exterior wooden facade and seating is still missing, interior work and furniture are still missing.
Secondary School: Of the planned campus with 12 classrooms, two buildings with five classes have already been built and are operating. Still missing: Auditorium, library, administration hall, sport-fields, three school buildings with seven classrooms in total, and furniture.
Atélier Gando. Exterior walls are under construction. Roof construction, interior works and furniture are still missing. We are looking for collaborating Universities to help finish the work.
The Architekturmuseum der TU München will be holding the first monographic exhibition of Kéré's work (including his most recent projects), which aims to offer a comprehensive overview of the architect's life and career.
We would like to thank you very much for the generous and unexpected donation that took place at the exhibition in Munich! It is an important contribution to supporting our work.