Collecting Tribal art: an interview with Stanislas Gokelaere

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Luxembourg, 17 May 2015


Stanislas Gokelaere is a Luxembourg-based collector who started out in the world of capital-investment, and the co-founder of Art Collection Fund, an investment fund whose objective is to assemble a collection of high quality modern and contemporary art, in addition to African and Oceanic arts. The son of art dealers, and with a passion for art and 20th-century design, over the last 15 years Gokelaere has built a strong reputation in the art world. AMA had the opportunity to meet with him.

  • You’ve spoken about a growing divide between public sales, which dominate the high-end market, and gallery sales, which focus on the middle market. What, in your opinion, is the cause of this?

S. G.: These days, I would say the divide is a slightly different one. Galleries are also aiming at the higher end of the market in addition to the middle market. In the auction market we are, however, seeing many excellent collections up for sale, and plenty of very important sales. The auction [.../...]

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Tags: Oceanic Art, African Art, Art Market, Interviews

TEFAF 2015: an interview with Madelon Strijbos

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Maastricht, 17 March 2015


Organised by The European Fine Art Foundation, TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) is an annual art fair hosted at the MECC in Maastricht, Netherlands. First held in 1988, the fair attracts around 70,000 private collectors, museum curators, art market professionals, and art lovers annually and is considered one of world’s best and most important art fairs. The 28th edition, running from 13 until 22 March 2015, comprises 274 leading art and antiques dealers from around 20 countries, representing a wide range of disciplines spanning from Egyptian antiquities and African Tribal Art to contemporary East Asian Art. AMA got the chance to talk to Madelon Steijbos, head of Marketing and PR for TEFAF at this year’s must-see event.

Are you happy with how the fair is unfolding so far? Yes, so far so good! The vibe is extremely good at the fair; you can see lots of red and green dots in the different stands so it’s a promising start. Just by walking and looking around, you can see that the dealers and [.../...]

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Tags: Aboriginal Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Native American Art, Oceanic Art, Asian Art, African Art, Fairs & Shows, Interviews

A journey to the edge of anxiety: an interview with Olivier de Sagazan

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 2 March 2015


Self-proclaimed “painter, sculptor, performer, who is constantly anxious yet fascinated by being ‘there’ without any understanding…” Olivier de Sagazan is a philosophical artist who takes his inspiration from Africa, where he was born, staging performances of terrifying dances which reflect his constant preoccupation with the meaning of life. AMA spoke to him and delved into the worrying world of this astonishing artist.

  • Can you present your career to us briefly?

O. S.: After my MA in biology, I had the chance to go to Cameroon for two years. These years really saved me, allowing me to take a step back and return to my roots: Africa, where I was born. Just before I left, I discovered, by looking at a Rembrandt painting, another amazing way of questioning life. Coming back, I spent a year locked up working on a comic strip, Ipsul ou la rupture du cercle, and then I immersed myself in painting and sculpture. Performance was something I worked on later, as a [.../...]

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Tags: Native American Art, African Art, Oceanic Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Aboriginal Art, Asian Art, Interviews, Events

Interview with Didier Claes: the new Director of Bruneaf in Brussels

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Brussels, 15 January 2014,

Interview with Didier Claes: the new Director of Bruneaf in Brussels

Winter Bruneaf (Brussels Non-European Art Fair), which takes place between 22 and 26 January, is to mark this edition with a new committee, elected on 10 October 2013, which includes Didier Claes as President, Marc Leo Felix as Secretary and Patrick Mestdagh as Vice-President and Treasurer. The first African art fair in Brussels, this is the sister edition of June’s original Bruneaf event. AMA with Artkhade met with the new president to discuss his ambitions for the fair.

  • For this new edition of Bruneaf, there has been a certain element of renewal in the event’s management – why was this necessary?

D. C.: Bruneaf has existed for 24 years, and has always been directed by its founder, Pierre Loos. For 2014 we needed to renew the team and to breathe a bit of new life into the fair. To coincide with the event’s progression, certain things had to be changed, for example at senior level, and I think that any self-respecting fair deserves to have a committee of [.../...]

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Tags: Asian Art, Aboriginal Art, Oceanic Art, African Art, Fairs & Shows, Interviews

Interview with Pierre Moos

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 6 September 2012

Pierre Moos

From 11 to 16 September 2012, the Parcours des Mondes, the most important international salon dedicated to tribal arts, will be celebrating its 11th edition in Paris. Galleries in the quartier des Beaux-arts in the area of Saint-Germain des Prés will welcome the 64 international exhibitors of this edition. In addition to France, they will represent nine countries and three continents. This year, the event will be chaired by Lionel Zinsou of the Zinsou Foundation, the first foundation specialised in Benin culture and art, and also chairman of PAI Partners and member of the board of directors of the Société des amis du Quai Branly.

It is largely thanks to Pierre Moos, director of the Parcours des Mondes, and to his team, that the look on tribal art, seen as “primitive art” for a long time, has deeply evolved. Artkhade with Art Media Agency was delighted to have the opportunity to interview Mister Moos about this exceptional event.

  • **Where does your passion for tribal come from? What do you find fascinating in this [.../...]
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Tags: Aboriginal Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Native American Art, Oceanic Art, Asian Art, African Art, Fairs & Shows, Interviews

Parcours des mondes, interview with Bernard Dulon

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 9 September 2011


From 7 to 11 September, the most recent edition of Parcours des mondes is taking place in Saint–Germain–des–Prés in Paris. It is the biggest event dedicated to tribal art in the world. This year, 64 traders came from all over the world to exhibit exceptional collections that had been put together just for the occasion. Two days after its opening, Artkhade with Art Media Agency met with Bernard Dulon, one of the most recognised dealers in tribal art, to discover the event’s organisation and get feedback on how things are going since it opened.

  • How is the 2011 edition going so far?

Bernard Dulon: Yet again this year, the Parcours des mondes has been met with great success, with many visitors frequenting the fair. Regarding the business side of things, the enterprise generated is clear and we have already sold several items in the gallery and by telephone.

  • So you have already sold some works?

B. D.: Yes and no. The Parcours is obviously an occasion to talk about our [.../...]

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Tags: Asian Art, African Art, Oceanic Art, Native American Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Aboriginal Art, Exhibitions, Art Market, Interviews

Mathias Ary Jan or the art of reconquest

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 3 September 2017

He’s young and (very) dynamic. And he’s also at the head of the most exclusive event of the back-to-school period. His mission is to bring new life to the Biennale, the paragon of taste and vigour. An hour with Mathias Ary Jan.

The platform is international, the dialectic commercial. For its first edition (as a yearly event), La Biennale Paris shows a desire to leave old rivalries aside and to devote itself to new goals. Created under the sign of excellence, this twenty-ninth opus may well be the one that reconquers the public. This, in any case, is the priority of Mathias Ary Jan, a specialist in paintings from the end of the 19th century and the Orientalist school, now also president of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires. His strategy? Gathering around 5000 objects under the glass roof of the Grand Palais over eight days, according to new standards of rigour. A renewal, thus, for this upper-end rendezvous that remains the most chic event in the world of art. One where international collectors can (finally) get back on the track of big deals!

  • **Despite its new yearly rhythm, the Biennale is preserving its name. Isn’t that a little [.../...]
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Tags: Native American Art, Aboriginal Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Asian Art, Oceanic Art, African Art, Interviews, Fairs & Shows