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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
Paris, 17 September 2012
In partnership with Le Palais des Thés, the Guimet Museum will open its new exhibition titled “Le thé à Guimet, histoires d’une boisson millénaire” (“Tea the Guimet way, history of an age old drink”), from 3 October 2012 to 7 January 2013.
The museum comes back to this universally known drink, the most popular in the world, born in China under the Tang dynasty. This kind of Camellia (Camellia sinensis) was widely spread in the South East of China and started to be grown in bushes during modern age. The infusion of tea leaves enters into people habits and is progressively winning over all East Asia. After two millenniums, its consumption passes through three phases: the age of boiled tea under Tang dynasty (618-907), the age of grounded tea under the Song (960- 1279) and the age of brewed tea under the Ming (1368-1644).
During this happening, different activities are proposed: guided tours, ateliers, meetings, demonstration and tasting can be booked. An atelier dedicated to the tea [.../...]See more
Melbourne, 17 September 2012
An important collection of the Palace museum of Beijing will come to Melbourne thanks to a recent agreement signed by Arts Secretary of State Ted Baillieu.
The Secretary has indeed left Australia for China, on Sunday 16 September, with a 600 persons delegation in order to visit thirteen cities.
This agreement signed between the National Gallery of Victoria and the Palace museum is the first step in a cultural rapprochement between China and Australia.
The exhibition of the Chinese treasures will be held in a more than 1.100 square meters space, and focus on the Qianlong dynasty.
The Palace museum of China attracts each year 14 M of visitors and gather more than 1.8 M art works, some of them 5.000 years old.
Paris, 17 September 2012
From 10 October 2012 to 14 July 2013, the Dapper museum will present the exhibition “Design en Afrique, s’asseoir, se coucher et rêver” (Design in Africa, To Sit, Lay and Dream), thus revealing, through a hundred pieces, a world devoted to all artefacts that support the body. The release insists on the objects’ design: a stool, a chair, an armchair or a headrest. This design has been and is marked by how those who use them live, and their status.
In order to nurture their thought, many artists choose to revisit everyday life in Subsaharian African societies, keeping count of the world’s sollicitations as well. For instance, in 1990, two Gabonese designers, Christian Ndong Menzamet –born in 1959─ and Antonio Pépin –born in 1956─ created a bookcase named “ngil”. The upper part of the piece is adorned by two great cylindric, hollowed eyes and imposing horns on the head.
Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau, the curator of “Design in Africa, To Sit, Lay and Dream”, designed it not [.../...]See more
Paris, 30 août 2012
From 9 October 2012 to 20 January 2013 the exhibition entitled “aux sources de l’aborigène” (at the roots of Aboriginal art) will take place at Quai Branly.
From 25 August to 7 September, the Galerie Pierrick Touchefeu will once again put in pride of place this civilisation considered as one of the most ancient in the world.
The following artists will be represented: Kathleen Petyarre, Ningura Napurrula, Judy Watson Napangardi, Emily Pwerle, Walangkura Napanangka, and Dorothy Napangardi. These artists are experts in Aboriginal art.
The Galerie Pierrick Touchefeu opened in 2005 in Sceaux (92), near the Château de Sceaux. It immediately decided to display both young artists and recognised artists without restricting itself to only one artistic medium.
So as to enable an exchange between artists belonging to different generations and different artistic movements, it ensures a moving and interactive scenography in its space.
Another of its specialty is the defence and promotion of Aboriginal art.
New York, 23 August 2012
From 19 to 25 October, the Park Avenue Armoury will welcome collectors, connoisseurs, interior designers, and art amateurs to the 24th International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show.
Founded in 1989, the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show was New York’s “first vetted fair and remains one of the world’s most prestigious and influential art and antique events”, as stated by Haughton International Fairs.
Sixty-five of the world’s leading dealers will present a selection of museum quality furniture, paintings, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, glass, clocks, watches, arms, armour, rare books, manuscripts, jewellery, objets de vertu, Fabergé, silver, antiquities, and ethnographic art.
Some of the highlights of this year’s fair include: an 8-9th century Jina Stone Head from Uttar Pradesh (Tambaran Gallery); a group of banded alabaster vessels from Neolithic Syria dating from 6th millennium BCE, valued at $125,000 (Ariadne Galleries NY); Alexander Calder’s signed 1971 Circles and Pyramid Composition, gouache on paper (Jill Newhouse gallery); an early 20th century impressionistic bronze model of a ‘Walking Panther’ by [.../...]See more
Geneva, 20 August 2012
Up until 23 June 2013, the musée d’ethnographie de Genève will be hosting the exhibition “C’est de l’homme que j’ai à parler, Rousseau et l’inégalité” which is based on French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men (Discours sur l’origine et les fondements de l’inégalité parmi les hommes).
Considered, according to Levi-Strauss, as a precursor of modern anthropology and ethnology, Rousseau introduced a new point of view on human nature and life in society with this revolutionary work. Evoking the social hierarchy of Genevan society, the exhibition puts “Rousseau in resonance with his contemporaries and with our investigations of the present, taking us on a trip from Geneva to the Pacific islands, passing through the Alps and the Orient”, as stated in the press release.
“One who reflects on inequalities—social inequalities or inequalities among peoples—his or her response is more relevant than ever”. Rousseau once said: “you are lost if you forget that the fruit belongs to everyone and that the earth belongs to no one”.
Ann Arbor, MI, 18 August 2012
The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) will exhibit “African Art and the Shape of Time” until 3 February. “African Art and the Shape of Time” is divided into five themes all of which explore the “multiplicity of time in Africa: The Beginning of Things, Embodied Time, Moving Through Time, Global Time, and NOW”. Showcasing 30 works from the UMMA, National Museum of African Art, Fowler Museum at UCLA and several Detroit private collections, the Museum seeks to challenge conventional views of understanding time and its philosophical, social and religious significance in our lives. This selection of works seeks to evoke “concepts of temporality, history and memory”, while responding to the “Western analytical framework which interprets African art as expressions of timeless myths and rituals, interrupted only by the colonial encounter”, as stated in the press release. The Museum has also published an accompanying exhibition catalogue.
London, 10 August 2012
From 1 to 23 November, the Eskenazi Gallery in London will display the first exhibition dedicated to Qing porcelain.
It consists of a selection of works coming from a private collection including twenty imperial works assembled in Europe between the 1980s and the 19990s. Coming from prestigious collections such as those of J.M. Hu, T.Y. Chao and Paul, and Helen Bernant, these pieces of highly appreciated Chinese porcelain date from three different imperial periods; the Kangxi period (1662-1722), the Yongzheng period (1723-1735) and the Qianlong period (1736-1795). During these periods, China knew a considerable rebirth in the porcelain technique, coming from the emperors’ interest for Antiquity. They considered themselves as guardians of the past.
Almost none of these pieces have been displayed in the last twenty years. The public will have the occasion to admire these treasures.
The exhibition will coincide with the 15th edition of Asian Art in London, an annual event gathering Asian art dealers from London, several auction houses and lots of art lovers.
From father to son, the Eskenazis are in the oriental art while organising rare and [.../...]See more
Paris, 7 August 2012
Olivier de Bernon, president of the Guimet Museum, has just announced the museum’s programme for the next five years.
Firstly, autumn 2012 will be dedicated to the tea roads while spring 2013 will be dedicated to a set of archaic Chinese bronzes from a Swiss private collection, before an important exhibition about Anghor, the region of Cambodia which was the capital of the Khmer Empire. In 2014, it will be Clemenceau and Asia’s turn while during autumn 2014, an exhibition about the Beijing opera will take place.
In 2015, two exhibitions should take place, one about the Mughal world and the other about Korea as part of the crossed-years. Finally, a display of pieces of jade from the National Palace Museum in Taipei City is already scheduled for 2016.
So as to bring back audiences which had deserted the museum during recent years and find additional funds, Olivier de Bernon aims at orientating temporary exhibitions more towards regions of the Far East than towards contemporary art which will fit better in the museum’s permanent collections.