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Besanceuil, 14 March 2017
Jean-François Schmitt is an art-lover and collector. He is a Friend of the musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac and a member of the Cercle Lévi-Strauss.
Anthony Meyer is a dealer, author, and specialist in Pacific and Eskimo ancient arts and traditional cultures. He manages the Meyer Gallery of Oceanic Arts in Paris and is one of the founders of the Bourgogne Tribal Show, along with Laurent Dodier, Bruno Frey, Jacques Lebrat and Bruno Mory.
For its second event, the Bourgogne Tribal Show will take place from 25th to 28th May, 2017. You both took part in the fair’s first event, one as a dealer, one as a collector. Could you share your experiences with us?
Jean-François Schmitt: My abiding memory of the first event is what a pleasure it was to see tribal art in less conventional settings. The atmosphere was very different from the other fairs, far more casual and convivial.
Its location in the Burgundy region was ideal too, [.../...]See more
Paris, 7 January 2016
In 1990, the American professor Joseph Nye developed, in his book Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power, the idea of “soft power”. Used in the field of international relations, this concept describes the ability of a political actor to influence indirectly – by means of structural, cultural or ideological – and without coercion, the behaviour of other actors.
Twenty-five years later, Gail Dexter Lord -co-founder and co-president of Lord Cultural Resources– and Ngaire Blankenberg – senior consultant at Lord Cultural Resources -proposed an update of the concept of soft power, by operating in particular a displacement of its scope (Cities, Museums and Soft Power, The AAM Press, 2015). Art Media Agency met Gail Dexter Lord for more information.
Soft power means the will and ability to influence people and cause behaviour through peaceful and cultural means. It is opposed to hard power, more coercive.
Today, we think that it is [.../...]See more
Paris 25 June 2015
Hélène Bayou, chief curator of the Japanese department at the Musée Guimet in Paris, France, recently put together an exhibition entitled “Japan, Images of Actors: 18th-Century Kabuki Prints”, which has been running from 15 April until 6 July this year, organised in parallel with a similar exhibition at the same museum: “From Nô to Mata Hari, 2000 years of Asian theatre”, which is running until 31 August 2015. Art Media Agency had the pleasure of talking to the fascinating and knowledgeable curator.
How did you come up with the idea to put on the current exhibition of Kabuki prints? Two years ago, together with the director president of the Musée Guimet Sophie Makariou, we came up with a project for the Japanese prints kept at the Musée Guimet that the Japanese section could carry out. We have quite a rich collection of about 5,000 prints dating from the Edo to the Meiji period by both renowned and lesser-known artists, embodying the entire [.../...]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
New York, 14 November 2012
In its November issue, Asian Art magazine published an article about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s full re-installation of its collection of Chinese ceramics. The adjective “stale” was used to describe the old installation, unchanged for over 30 years. The collection begun in 1879 when the museum purchased around 1,000 pieces, now completed with recently acquired pieces.
The collection will be entirely reorganised according to new guidelines: the aim is no more to show a “monocultural display” of Chinese ceramics, but to include ceramics from Japan, Southeast Asia, Korea, the Islamic world, Europe and the Americas to show the influence Chinese ceramics had on the art of ceramics throughout the world, from 8th to 21st Century. The rearrangement of the installation will also focus on showing how Chinese ceramics themselves were influenced by foreign creations, particularly from the Middle East.
In his article, Martin Barnes Lorber offers a full account of what each new section will entail of. His [.../...]See more
Minneapolis, 29 October 2012
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is welcoming on occasion of an exceptional exhibition the terra cotta soldiers of first Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The exhibition started on 28 October 2012 and will be on show through 20 January 2013.
This exhibition offers to discover the life and legacy of Qin Shi Huang, first Chinese Emperor (221-210 BC) through 120 items, including eight terra cotta soldiers and two horses found in his tomb, as well as other equally rare artefacts. This unique event will enable the public to get to know more about one of the major archaeological discoveries of our times. All these objects – jade artefacts, bronze ritual objects and other gold and silver ornaments – illustrate the advent of the Qin dynasty, over 2,000 years ago.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts was already one of the first Western museums to organise an exhibition of these masterpieces in 1985. A quarter of century later, Chinese archaelogists are still trying to unveil the mysteries of this tomb, belonging to the [.../...]See more
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
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