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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
Los Angeles, 20 June 2013
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is to inaugurate its new, permanent gallery, dedicated to the arts of Africa with the exhibition ‘Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from The Royal Museum for Central Africa’, on display from 7 July 2013 to 5 January 2014.
The exhibition is to explore artistic traditions and emblems of power from the Luba Kingdom, one of the most influential in Central Africa. Rare sculptures from the Luba people of the Democratic Republic of Congo will be on display, including figurative thrones, sceptres, royal cups, intricately carved headrests and ancestral figures. It is rare that such works should be exhibited in the United States, and it is the first time the collection will be shown in Los Angeles
The exhibition is co-curated by LACMA and the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium. A press viewing for the exhibition is currently scheduled for 10 July 2013, between 10am and noon.
Cambridge, 8 June 2013
This is the first ever exhibition dedicated to Fijian Art outside Fiji. It draws on MAA’s exceptional collection of Fijian artefacts, photographs and archives, a collection closely linked to the early colonial history of Fiji and the foundation of the Museum.
Baron Anatole von Hügel, MAA’s first curator, travelled within Fiji between 1874 and 1877, a period coinciding with Fiji’s entry into the British Empire. Along with Sir Arthur Gordon (First Governor of Fiji) and Alfred Percival Maudslay (Sir Arthur’s private secretary), von Hügel assembled an impressive Fijian collection, including outstanding objects presented by Fijian and Tongan chiefs. This material formed the founding ethnographic collection of the Museum when it opened in 1884. The opening of this exhibition in June 2013 marks the centenary of the Museum moving to its current building on Downing Street.
Chiefs & Governors introduces important aspects of Fijian art and culture and highlights key moments of Fijian pre-colonial and [.../...]See more
Paris, 9 April 2013
The event titled “Philippines, Archipel des échanges” (The Philippines, An Archipelago of Exchange) will be held from 9 April to 14 July 2013.
It will be organised under the curatorship of Constance de Monbrison, the head of the Insulinde collections at the Quai Branly Museum, and Corazon Alvina, an anthropologist. In an interview published in the Tribal Art Magazine, Stéphane Martin, the president of the museum explained that “there has never been in Europe so great an exhibition on pre-colonial art from the Philippines. The preparation of this exhibition was accompanied by the signing of an intergovernmental agreement in order to strengthen the cultural cooperation between the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of France. This agreement has strengthened Filipino museums and allowed us to borrow some very prestigious works – namely works of great value as well as rare archaeological objects – that only go out of the country on exceptional occasions.”
Corazon Alvin added that “this does not [.../...]See more
Paris, 20 March 2013
From 14 March to 21 July 2013, the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent is offering an exhibition devoted to the sacred art of Tibet.
The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent is presenting the major pieces of the collection of the Alain Bordier Foundation, allowing visitors to behold the grandeur of sacred Tibetan art, along with its Indian and Nepalese origins. The Alain Bordier Foundation inaugurated the “Tibet Museum” in 2009 in the heart of the medieval city of Gruyères, in Switzerland. This institution presents an ensemble of Himalayan artworks. As an art collector, Alain Bordier assembled more in 400 religious Buddhist objects within the span of 30 years.
Filled with very ancient pieces, this exhibition allows visitors to appreciate works that are not found in national collections, namely bronzes from Northeast India and Kashmir, dating back to the medieval era and to western Tibet.
The 127 pieces allow visitors to observe Tibetan art and its evolution, the oldest of [.../...]See more
London, 14 February 2013
The British Museum is hosting from 14 February to 28 April the exhibition “Sowei Mask: Spirit of Sierra Leone”.
Sowei masks, emblematic of the region, are worn by senior members of the all-female Sande Society. In this matriarchal tradition, they are used on the occasion of initiatory ceremonies that lead girls towards adulthood. They express the ideal of feminine beauty, health and serenity.
Masked performances, along with dances and music, play a major symbolic part in the Sande Society. Masks are worn by ndoli jowei (the sowei who dances), with a black raffia and textile costume.
The collection on display was gathered in 1886 by Thomas Joshua Alldridge for the Colonial Exhibition, London. It was emblematic of the exoticism and “otherness” of African culture and its spiritual systems.