Galerie Le Dompry, located in the Centre Commercial Nour-Al Hayat, is perhaps less grand in space and structure than La Rotonde (which is directly across from it), but its art collection is no less impressive. Two slender rooms are filled with traditional and contemporary paintings, sculptures and furniture. They also keep a few paintings outdoors (under the watchful eye of a vigilant security guard). And it’s not uncommon to come across artists inside the gallery, toiling on their latest canvas.
Owner and curator Emilenne Anikpo N’Tame and her staff are very welcoming.
The gallery exhibits renowned artists like Djiré Mahé, Salomon, and the iconic Ivorian painter, Monné Bou. The latter works closely with the Galerie Le Dompry; shortly after the 2011 conflict, he encouraged Madame Anikpo N'Tamé to reopen the gallery quickly to help reinvigorate the country’s artistic industry.
The artwork can be expensive, but the gallery is worth a visit, if only for your viewing pleasure. And Madame Anikpo N'Tamé’s formidable knowledge of this sector makes for engaging conversation.