The Auctions Database of Ancient Arts from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
Paris, 30 November 2015
Surveying the tribal art market from 2000 to 2015, a recently released Artkhade and Art Analytics report revealed exceptionally positive results for the category, documenting a growing trend towards multi-million-dollar auction sales and the increasing domination of the market by high-end works.
The study amassed a wide range of data to document tribal art’s growth as a sale category—though it still lags far behind the dominant Modern, Post-War, and Contemporary art segments of the market. Here, we have selected seven key figures from the report’s pages to explore what they tell us about the future of this “niche” market.
The tribal art market witnessed record sales in 2014, achieving €92.1 million from works sold at auction. Demonstrating the upward trajectory of the market, this result well surpassed the €52.8 million sold just one year previous, in 2013, never mind the €13.7 million of tribal art sold in 2001.
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London, 12 October 2015
From 14 to 18 October 2015, PAD London is hosting its art fair in Berkerley Square, London.
The London art fair presents 20th Century art, design and decorative arts. International galleries from across Europe, North America and Asia will come together to offer a panorama of works available on the market today. PAD characterises how modern art, photography, design, decorative and tribal arts interact to reveal unique combinations and create the most individual interiors. In this way, it is a different way of collecting. PAD promotes diversity, authenticity and connoisseurship with passion and skill. This year again, its 32 jurors who award the PAD Prize, sponsored by the wine and spirits group Bernard Arnault, Moët Hennessy. Three stands will be distinguished into three sections: decorative art of 20th century, contemporary and antique designs.
Its boutique setting is designed to inspire collectors, art consultants, museum experts, interiors specialists, design practitioners and the public alike, making PAD an [.../...]See more
Dallas, 25 September 2015
On 25 September 2015, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) has celebrated the public opening of its new third-floor Arts of Africa Gallery.
The museum’s Arts of Africa gallery is the first major redesign in nearly twenty years and the new space will feature more than 170 works from the museum’s African art collection. “The opening of the new Arts of Africa gallery offers a fresh perspective on the DMA’s exemplary collection,” said Maxwell Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director. “We are excited to present several works that have been recently acquired or off view for some time, and to welcome a broad public to learn about the rich heritage of sub-Saharan Africa.” The collection features art from the Songye and Luba cultures in Central Africa and the Yoruba and Edo (Benin kingdom) in West Africa.
Representing and revealing the extraordinary diversity of sub-Saharan cultures and visual traditions, the gallery is installed in fived sections according to the themes of the art of [.../...]See more
Paris, 9 September 2015
On 10 September 2015 in Paris, the association Détours des Mondes, specialised in tribal art, will organize a conference by François Neyt around the sidelines of the fair Parcours des Mondes.
With the theme of art from the Ivory Coast—rich with innumerable ethnicities, from the Sénoufo to the Baoule through the Gouro —a book signing with François Neyt presenting his latest book Trésors de Côte D’Ivoire will follow the conference.
François Neyt is a Benedictine monk, art historian and tribal art specialist—often presented as an anthropologist, philosopher, archaeologist and Africanist. He was born and grew up in Africa. He has notably published various works on the Hemba, the Luba, the Songye and arts around the Congo River. He is also Professor Emeritus at the Catholic University of Louvain and member of the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences in Belgium.
Paris, 4 September 2015
Launched by a handful of Parisian dealers in 2001, the Parcours des mondes has, in less than fifteen years, succeeded in attracting the most important tribal art dealers from France and the rest of the world, and has re-established Paris as the center of the tribal art world.
Widely recognized as the most important international tribal art fair, in terms of the number of visitors it brings in, the quality of the works shown, the level of the exhibitions, the publications produced in association with it, and the diversity of its participants, Parcours des mondes celebrates its 14th anniversary this year from Tuesday September 8th through Sunday September 13th in the heart of Paris.
Some fifty dealers from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and other parts of France join their colleagues with permanent galleries in the Beaux-Arts of SaintGermain-des-Prés.
Altogether 84 galleries with specialties in the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas will be represented.
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Luanda, 22 August, 2015
Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo is launching a vast campaign to return works stolen in Africa during the colonial period.
To carry out this endeavor, the Sindika Dokolo Foundation in Louanda, Angola, has called upon a team of specialists to discover works that were pilfered during colonisation in private collections and auctions. Where applicable, the owner is asked to resell the work to the foundation at their purchase price or be sued for theft. In this regard, Sindika Dokolo told the New York Times: “There are works that disappeared from Africa and are now circulating on the world market based on obvious lies about how they got there.” This radical position has certainly stirred up opposition. Interviewed by Art Media Agency, Belgian tribal art dealer Pierre Loos expressed his reservations on the query, “Shouldn’t all the Picasso’s be in Spain? […] Returning to the logic of restitution is to open Pandora’s box. Those who profit are not art lovers, but those [.../...]See more
Paris 16 July 2015
Jérôme Bastianelli was appointed Managing Director of the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, where he will take office beginning 13 July 2015.
Jérôme Bastianelli succeeds Mouttalib Karim, Deputy CEO of the Quai Branly Museum since 2009, this year named General Director of the Louvre Museum. He has occupied, since 2009, the functions of assistant Director General Deputy Delegate of the Quai Branly Museum, under Stéphane Martin’s presidency. Inaugurated in 2006, the museum of arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, is one of the most visited museums in the world in its category, with around 1.5 million visitors a year.
A former student of the Ecole Polytechnique, Jérôme Bastianelli was posted in the Ministry of Transport from 1996 to 2006. He was also a reporter at the 7th Chamber of the Court of Auditors from 2006 to 2009, as well as the leader of the external audit United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Paris, 30 June 2015
The African and Oceanic art sale at Sotheby’s France that took place on 24 June 2015 amassed a sum of €11.1 million, exceeding its initial estimate of between €6.5 and €9.5 million. This event was also the auction house’s second best sale of arts in this field.
Four lots were sold for above €500,000, 14 for above €100,000, and two world records were broken. One of the masterpieces from the former Vérité collection, the Masque-double, Baulé, was sold for €5,411,000 although it was estimated to sell for between €2 million and €3 million. This made it the highest-selling lot of the auction and also broke the world record for a Baulé work such as the second highest price for a African mask. The second place was taken by a commemorative Akan head from Ghana, which was sold for €855,000, although its estimate was fixed between €200,000 and €300,000, establishing a new world record for a Akan work. The commemorative Fon Tchatchuang statue, Royaume de Batoufam, [.../...]See more
Paris, 10 June 2015
On 22 June 2015, the auction house Artcurial in Paris, France, is to organise a sale of Tribal art, including a piece from the former collection of French poet Paul Éluard.
Almost 70 rigorously selected works are to be offered for this sale. One of the objects offered is a remarkable baoulé mask, from the Ivory Coast, an asymmetrical Kpan headset, found in situ in around 1910. The fine features of the face are made spectacular by two horns on the forehead. This piece was conserved in a private French collection, and is estimated to sell for between €40,000 and €60,000. The highlighted lot of the sale is a Zandé-Nzakara harp from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, dating from before 1960, taken from the former collection of Éluard (estimated between €30,000 and €50,000). This previously unseen piece gives a glimpse into the richness of the collection of the French poet, and attests to his fascination for tribal art. The bevelled sound box is carefully covered in antelope skin, and boasts a delicate handle. The [.../...]See more
Brussels, 5 June 2015
From 10 until 14 June, Brussels’ Sablons district is to host three different fairs at the same time: BRUNEAF (Brussels Non European Art Fair), BAAF (Brussels Ancient Art Fair), and AAB (Asian Art in Brussels). Around 100 international arts and antiques dealers, some of whom are the most prominent in their field, are to be gathered in Brussels for the events during this period.
The oldest fair, BRUNEAF, is celebrating its 25th edition. This fair, dedicated to African, Indonesian, and Oceanian art, is to host two events: an exhibition which is to display the best pieces sold at the fair over the past 25 years, and another event with the guest of honour, the Sindika Dokolo Foundation, from Luanda in Africa.
For its 13th edition, BAAF, the fair dedicated to archeology (mainly from Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Middle East, and Europe), has decided to focus on quality and aesthetics. They are doing this through a partnership with the IADAA, the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art, which [.../...]See more