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Geneva, 9 December 2016
Until 8 January 2017, the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève is playing host to “Amazonia, The Shaman and the Mind of the Forest”. An ethnographic exhibition that can also be described as… a political act.
Amazonia remains a poor relative in the world of art exhibitions and ethnography. Preference goes to Pre-Columbian art, Mayan, Aztec or Incan cultures — all far more likely to get crowds through the doors. In recent years, exhibitions in Europe on Amazonia can be counted on the fingers of one hand — the British Museum in 2001, the Mona Bismarck Foundation in 2002 or the Grand Palais in 2005, to name the most important ones. “I want to stir things up, heuristically speaking,” exclaims Boris Wastiau, director of the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève (MEG) and curator of the exhibition. “Amazonia, The Shaman and the Mind of the Forest” sets out to get things moving and offer reparation for an injustice.
What will we find at this exhibition in Geneva? An introduction to the region, which blends voices from the present day to those [.../...]See more
Paris, 7 January 2016
In 1990, the American professor Joseph Nye developed, in his book Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power, the idea of “soft power”. Used in the field of international relations, this concept describes the ability of a political actor to influence indirectly – by means of structural, cultural or ideological – and without coercion, the behaviour of other actors.
Twenty-five years later, Gail Dexter Lord -co-founder and co-president of Lord Cultural Resources– and Ngaire Blankenberg – senior consultant at Lord Cultural Resources -proposed an update of the concept of soft power, by operating in particular a displacement of its scope (Cities, Museums and Soft Power, The AAM Press, 2015). Art Media Agency met Gail Dexter Lord for more information.
Soft power means the will and ability to influence people and cause behaviour through peaceful and cultural means. It is opposed to hard power, more coercive.
Today, we think that it is [.../...]See more
Oostende, 15 December 2015
Mu.ZEE, in Oostende, has collaborated with the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, both in Belgium, to present “European Ghosts”, until 3 January 2016.
“European Ghosts” examines the Western perception of African art in the twentieth century by exploring documents, texts and, particularly, the first photographs and publications of objects and masks from Africa. More than 45 works have been selected from the collection of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren. The museums based their decisions on early reproductions, descriptions and observations made by photographers, writers and ethnographers, as well as upon previous exhibitions about African art.
The exhibition also examines various presentation models and methods of design; from the ‘universal exhibition’ in Brussels in 1897 to the present day. Patrick Wokmeni has photographed masks and objects from the Tervuren collection for European Ghosts. Curator Phillip Van den Bossche, and visual artist Koenraad Dedobbeleer, say [.../...]See more
Paris 25 June 2015
Hélène Bayou, chief curator of the Japanese department at the Musée Guimet in Paris, France, recently put together an exhibition entitled “Japan, Images of Actors: 18th-Century Kabuki Prints”, which has been running from 15 April until 6 July this year, organised in parallel with a similar exhibition at the same museum: “From Nô to Mata Hari, 2000 years of Asian theatre”, which is running until 31 August 2015. Art Media Agency had the pleasure of talking to the fascinating and knowledgeable curator.
How did you come up with the idea to put on the current exhibition of Kabuki prints? Two years ago, together with the director president of the Musée Guimet Sophie Makariou, we came up with a project for the Japanese prints kept at the Musée Guimet that the Japanese section could carry out. We have quite a rich collection of about 5,000 prints dating from the Edo to the Meiji period by both renowned and lesser-known artists, embodying the entire [.../...]See more
Quito, 20 May 2015
Daniel Klein and his wife Carmen are true fans of Art Primitif. They are the founders behind the Casa del Alabado, a Pre-Columbian art museum which aims to present to Ecuadorians an insight into their rich indigenous culture and their vast heritage. Art Media Agency had the opportunity to speak with Daniel Klein to find out more about his interest in Art Brut and how it occupies a new place in the art market.
What is your background, and how did you start collecting? That’s a good question. I am French by origin but I have lived in Ecuador for 30 years, where I began to collect Colombian Art with my wife. Around three years ago we opened a museum that specialises in Pre-Colombian art in the centre of Quito city. That was really our first love, yet we have been attracted to anything that resembles Art Informel, that which is unconcerned by commercial pressures. We have since collected African art, Australasian and American art; all that is Art Primitif or Art Populaire, and all that implies [.../...]See more
New York, 4 March 2015
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is to host the exhibition entitled “The Plains Indians : Artists of Earth and Sky” from 9 March to 10 May.
The exhibition is being organized by Musée du quai Branly in Paris in collaboration with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is to present masterpieces made by the Native Americans from the Plains region originating from European and North American collections. The exhibited objects are diverse and varied, ranging from a 2,000-year-old Human Effigy Pipe to 19th-century horse gear, weapons, clothing, and shields, as well as painted dresses dating from the 18th century. Works collected over the centuries by French merchants and travellers will be displayed alongside those acquired by MM. Lewis and Clark during their famous expedition of 1804-1806.
Gaylord Torrence, the curator of the exhibition, said “It is our goal with this exhibition to present the extraordinary [.../...]See more
Paris, 25 January 2015
The Musée du Quai Branly in Paris will unveil over 200 years of West African artistic creation in its upcoming exhibition “Côte d’Ivore Master Sculptors”, which is to take place from 14 April to 26 July 2015.
Close to 200 historic and contemporary works assembled by curators Eberhard Fischer and Lorenz Homberger will be exhibited in the Galerie Jardin, a space dedicated to temporary displays which was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. Encompassing a wide range of works from the retrospective to the forward-looking, the exhibition invites viewers to discover the aesthetic attraction and originality of 19th and early 20th century artists and workshops, whilst introducing them to a new generation of African artists.
The exhibitions eschews the notion of African art as a purely artisanal activity, allowing visitors to familiarise themselves with the geographical and cultural context of works, whilst highlighting the stylistic variety of the different workshops. Featured [.../...]See more
Brussels, 13 May 2014
Joaquin Pecci presents the exhibition “Presence of the Sacred: Evoking the Ubangian”, running from 4 to 8 June 2014, in Brussels.
About thirty Northern Congo sculptures will be on display at the exhibition, taking place at the 14th edition of BRUNEAF.
Joaquin Pecci Gallery opened in 2007 and specialises in African art. The owner of the gallery first travelled across Asia, where he found interest in the shamanic cultures of the Himalayas. Further on, he discovered a passion for African art in 1986 and became specifically interested in the Congo, Mali and northern Nigeria.
Before opening his own gallery, Joaquin Pecci worked for over 10 years as head of African Art at the Grusenmeyer gallery.
Zurich, 18 March 2014,
The exhibition “African Masters – Art from the Ivory Coast” at Zurich’s Museum Rietberg is to run until 1 June 2014.
In an attempt to shed light on the diverse artistic offering of 200 years of African art, the exhibition looks at the works of around 200 or so West African artists whose significant contribution to African art has had a global influence. Taking its focus from the Ivory Coast and its neighbouring countries, the exhibition presents works by masters of the Guro, Baule, Dan, Senufo, Lobi and Lagoon peoples, whose artistic output most frequently manifested itself in masks and sculptures, dating back to the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
The exhibition aims to quash certain stereotypes which, to this day, tarnish the continent’s artistic offering, notably the perceived absence of aesthetic principals, originality and creativity. Benefiting from an in-depth study of African art, “African Masters – Art from the Ivory Coast” rejects the idea that the artists – [.../...]See more
Paris, 11 March 2014,
Two exhibitions are currently on display at the Musée du Quai Branly, from 4 March 2014 until 18 May 2014 in Paris. They are entitled: ” ‘Black Atlantic’ by Nancy Cunard, Negro Anthology (1931-1934)” and “Sacred Wood, Initiation in the Guinean Forests”.
Both exhibitions evoke the African continent, approached from very different perspectives. “Black Atlantic” presents the seminal work by Nancy Cunard, a French intellectual figure who came to prominence in the 20th-century, and whose contribution was of particular importance in the 1920s. The title of the exhibition alludes to the title of her work Negro Anthology (1934). The exhibition reveals a range of different facets to this complex personality — anti-conformist, collector, editor, militant, journalist etc. — drawing from Negro Anthology in its reflection of her desire to counteract racism. The curator of the exhibition is Sarah Frioux-Salgas.
The second exhibition, “Sacred Wood” presents around 60 [.../...]See more