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London, 9 October 2012
The Rossi & Rossi Gallery in London presents from 12 October to 30 November 2012 the exhibition “Tibetan Spirit”, by the artist Tsherin Sherpa.
Tsherin Sherpa, born in 1968, currently lives and works in California. The artist has studied Buddhist philosophy in Nepal, and Tibetan traditional painting with his father, Master Urgen Dorje Sherpa.
As indicated in the press release of the exhibition, he finds inspiration in his experience as an artist of traditional thangka (painting on canvas, emblematic of Tibetan culture). Indeed his works uses the Tibetan Buddhist iconography, with the representation of a protective god and spirits. In Tibetan culture, these spirits belong to very precise and localized geographic spaces. On the contrary, Tsherin Sherpa illustrates the notion of migration, imagining those spirits willing to insert themselves in an alien society, with a different way of thinking and another culture. The artist then combines symbols, such as a spirit holding a Rubik’s Cube covered with small symbols: smileys, the [.../...]See more
Paris, 9 October 2012
The exhibition titled “The origins of Aboriginal painting” is taking place at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris until 20 January 2013.
It is presenting for the first time in Europe a major artistic movement, first born in Papunya in the Central Australia desert, in the early 1970s. The works exhibited are at the origins of Australian contemporary painting, and of a great artistic movement: by reproducing ritual ephemeral paintings and patterns on wooden panels, the Papunya Aboriginal artists have created a new form of art. They have transposed their patterns on new materials in order to tell their ancestral stories (what anthropologists call “the time of dream”) and explain what their traditions and societies were like.
The exhibition has been designed as a retrospective of the major artists belonging to this movement. Displaying over 200 paintings and 70 items, it presents as well the iconographic and spiritual sources of the Papunya movement, and recalls its evolution from the first panels to large [.../...]See more
Quebec, 4 October 2012
The next exhibition of the Museum of Civilisation of Quebec (MCQ), dedicated to “Nigerian arts in French private collections” will take place from 24 October 2012 to 21 April 2013 in the Canadian city.
All the works exhibited are gathered for the first time. Some of them have never been shown before, neither in Europe nor in America: altogether the public will be able to discover 187 masks, sculptures, crests and other ornaments.
Famous in France for having managed the ambitious project of the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, Michel Côté, general director of the MCQ, made the most of the “Parcours des mondes” event in Paris to promote the exhibition. This primitive arts international fair, held in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, gathered about sixty galleries specialized in African, Asian, Oceanian and American arts.
The exhibition was designed by and for the Museum of Civilisation, without the partnership of any other French institution. The approach is rather precise, for it is willing to show African art, through Nigerian works, selected by well-informed French collectors: such is precisely its ambition.
Bogotá, 3 October 2012
Thanks to the support of the Embassy of United States of Bogotà, Bowers Museum and the Fondation Amigos as well as Arte del Banco de la Republica, Museum of gold lauches in the Colombian capital the exhibition titled “Indígenas de Norteamerica, Tradiciones y Transiciones” (Northern America’s Natives, Traditions and Transitions). The exhibition will be held from 4 October to 3 February 2013. Costumes decorated with feathers, decorations made from porcupines’ thorns, headgears with golden eagle’s feathers from the mountain area of North America, these are some examples of the culture and diversity of Indian communities of United States and Canada.
Since its foundation in 1939 by the Bank of Colombia Republic, the Museum gathers an extraordinary patrimony of goldsmith’s pieces of pre-Columbian civilisation and hosts for this exhibition over 133 pieces coming from Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California. The objects which date from 19th and 20th century, are numerous and varied. Revealing the everyday and ritual objects they [.../...]See more
Bogotá, 2 October 2012
Hermann Parzinger, archaeologist and president of the Prussian Culture Heritage Foundation in Berlin, in charge of the coordination of all German public museums, will expose his two main projects (the Museums Island and the Humboldt Forum) on 11 October 5 pm at the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango. The event is organised by the Banco de la República and the German Embassy in Colombia, in collaboration with the National Library and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia.
According to La Gaceta, the Berlin Museums Island would now have become the biggest cultural centre in the world, overtaking the Louvre and the British Museum. Built between 1830 and 1930, situated in the historical centre of the German capital, gathers in total five museums (the Pergamon Museum, the Bode Museum, the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie) archaeological and artistic collections, from Europe and the Middle East, spreading over a long-term period (from prehistory to 19th century). The construction began after the German reunification, and the cultural complex became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
“We have now begun the Pergamon [.../...]See more
London, 1 October 2012
From 15 September to 9 December 2012 the Royal Academy of Arts will present “Bronze”, an exceptional exhibition showing the remarkable history of this medium.
The exhibition gathers previously unseen works, from the first use of bronze until our times, in an original scenography. This will be the first event dedicated to this medium on such a large scale, the pieces presenting almost 5,000 years of history. The exhibition will present over 150 bronze sculptures from Asia, Africa and Europe including some important discoveries and archaeological excavations as well. Many pieces were never presented in the United Kingdom.
The use of bronze in sculpture began in the third millenium B.C.. The technique’s basis did not change throughout the centuries: after preparing a wax model, one must fill it with a mixture containing clay, boil it until the wax melts away, then fill with bronze the empty space inside the form. The form has then only to be extracted from the mould. Even nowadays, this traditional method is [.../...]See more
Gatineau, 26 September 2012
On the occasion of the exhibition “Les secrets de la civilisation Maya”, the Canadian Museum of Civilisation organises three lectures in order to familiarise the public with the Maya world and culture, and the perpetual interest their civilisation arouses.
The first lecture will take place on 27 September at 6.30 p.m. in French and at 8 p.m. in English and will be run by Claudio Obregón Clarin from the Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes de Cancún in Mexico. It is an exceptional opportunity to learn more about the Mayas, Mexico and its archaeoligical discoveries.
On Thursday 18 October at 7 p.m., Anabel Ford from the MesoAmerican Research Center, anthropologist from the University of California, will lead the lecture about the elements which, according to her studies, permitted the development of the ancient Maya population in an extremely hostile tropical environment. Anabel Ford will present as well the research made in Belize in Guatemala and explain the creation of norms of longevity for the [.../...]See more
Paris, 24 September 2012
The Louvre was praised after opening its gallery of Islamic art, now the Indians would also like to popularise their art and see it exhibited at others museums worldwide.
According to Rajan Zed, spokesman of India, this gallery is “a step in a good direction” that would allow this very rich culture, often unrecognised, to be discovered by the public. Moreover, the dialogue which started thanks to the galleries of Islamic art in the international museums, helps to create trust and get rid of the prejudices that follow the community all around the world. Mr Zed, director of the Universal Society of Hinduism, is asking the world’s great museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Getty Center, Prado Museum, the London Tate Modern, etc.), to reproduce the Louvre’s initiative.
The Louvre gallery of Islamic arts, mainly sponsored by the State, has been exhibiting since 22 September an important collection of Islamic art; the achievement of the project took almost ten years and cost almost €100,000.000. From now on the public can appreciate 3,000 objects of Islamic art from among 18,000 actually owned by the Louvre. The [.../...]See more
London, 21 September 2012
“Warriors of the Plains”: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual is the title of the British Museum’s new exhibition (from 22 September 2012 to 13 January 2013), in partnership with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. It will be a rare occasion of exploring the fascinating world of the Native Americans, their conception of war and their rituals. The exhibition focuses on Native American culture in the plains of North America from 1800 to nowadays, and on the importance of artefacts in the social and ceremonial context.
Men of these tribes had to belong to “warrior societies” – a social, political and ritual group dedicated to war and organising the ritual life. These societies played a leading role during battles, by allowing their members to win honours by personal actions of bravery such as stealing horses, capturing women and scalping the enemy. These societies, however, had also a ritual life with a strong sense of spirituality. During their ceremonies, the members used objects such as pipes, [.../...]See more
Paris, 18 September 2012
The Musée du Quai Branly proposes, from 18 September 2012 to 14 July 2013, an exhibition titled “Cheveux chéris. Frivolités et trophées” (Darling hair. Frivolity and trophies). At the crossing of anthropology, ancient and contemporary art history, fashion and rituals, the exhibition explores the question of individual intimacy and its sociability, developing the universal theme of hair.
In almost every civilization hair have a particular importance. They often have a link with intimacy, seduction, decency and sexuality. Depending on periods and places, hair symbolizes manly strength (Samson’s hair) or feminity; sometimes shown, sometimes hidden. In the past, it was said that stealing someone’s hair allowed to make love potions or to bewitch. Sometimes coloured (with achiote in Amazonia, henna in the Middle East), covered with ashes or clay in many ethnical groups, on occasion of various ceremonies, hair [.../...]See more