A milestone exhibition?

By AMA with Artkhade

Paris, 20 September 2018


In 1768, the Royal Society commissioned navigator James Cook, captain of the famous three-masted Endeavour, to explore the Pacific Ocean in search of terra incognita.

During his voyage, he discovered numerous island civilisations covering nearly one-third of the planet’s surface – from Tahiti in Polynesia to the Melanesian and Micronesian archipelagos. He also met indigenous peoples, in sometimes tense atmospheres due to spears thrown in response to muskets.

But at the same time, 250 years later, the Royal Academy has decided to honour this initial contact with other cultures by organising and producing a large-scale exhibition on the Oceanic arts. The show is on the same lines as other big monographic events at this British institution. Bear in mind that since the 1990s, the Royal Academy has staged exhibitions that delve into the cultural productions of great civilisations – “The Art of a Continent” (1995), “Aztecs” (2002), “Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years” (2005), “China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795” (2005), [.../...]

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Tags: Oceanic Art, Exhibitions

Kanak culture comes to Moulins


Moulins, 30 March 2018


Until 16 September 2018, the Musée Anne de Beaujeu in the French town of Moulins is holding the exhibition “Trajectoires Kanak – Histoires de voyages en Nouvelle-Calédonie” (“Kanak Trajectories – Stories on Voyages to New Caledonia”).

The event gathers numerous objects, rarely presented to the public, from the Musée Anne de Beaujeu’s collection of items from outside Europe. The latter grew from works picked up by colonists, missionaries, adventurers or scientists in the second half of the 19th century.

The works on display reveal the wealth of Kanak culture in every area (society, nature, war, religion). As a former French colony, New Caledonia was at the heart of one of the last waves of world exploration. While making their way through the exhibition, visitors can become acquainted with the era’s emblematic figures including Léon Moncelon, a colonist from the Allier region in France, Pierre Poyti, of mixed Kanak and French heritage who grew up in France, and Poindi-Patchili, a Kanak chief who belonged to a clan that [.../...]

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Tags: Oceanic Art, Exhibitions

A boomerang effect in Geneva

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Geneva, 23 September 2017


The MEG is dedicating an exhibition to the diversity and wealth of Australia’s arts. “L’Effet boomerang. Les arts aborigènes d’Australie”, thus offers insight into the colonisation of this country, from a political and aesthetic perspective.

It was in 1770 that British explorer James Cook, acting as a representative of King George III, became the first Westerner to set foot on the Terra incognita, today known as Australia. Even if the land was already populated, the explorer still dubbed this territory as Terra nullius – “no man’s land”, an expression that says a great deal about the way indigenous people were long considered as a primitive society.

However, the “material culture” developed by Australia’s 270 or so ethnicities over the 60,000 years in which they had inhabited the territory would whet the interest of Western travellers. Many European goods were exchanged for local fetishes, sometimes painlessly, for the Aborigines had the means to reproduce these artefacts easily.

It was during this period that [.../...]

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Tags: Oceanic Art, Aboriginal Art, Exhibitions

Bourgogne Tribal Show 2017

By Artkhade with Gus Adler & Filles

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, [.../...]

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

Museum of the future: tool of soft power?

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

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.

  • To start with, how do you define the notion of soft power?

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 [.../...]

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Tags: African Art, Oceanic Art, Asian Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Aboriginal Art, Exhibitions, Events

Chiefs & Governors: Art and Power in Fiji

By Artkhade

Cambridge, 8 June 2013

Vente d'Art Océanien et Africain chez Native

This is the first ever exhibition dedicated to Fijian Art outside Fiji. It draws on MAA’s exceptional collection of Fijian artefacts, photographs and archives, a collection closely linked to the early colonial history of Fiji and the foundation of the Museum.

Baron Anatole von Hügel, MAA’s first curator, travelled within Fiji between 1874 and 1877, a period coinciding with Fiji’s entry into the British Empire. Along with Sir Arthur Gordon (First Governor of Fiji) and Alfred Percival Maudslay (Sir Arthur’s private secretary), von Hügel assembled an impressive Fijian collection, including outstanding objects presented by Fijian and Tongan chiefs. This material formed the founding ethnographic collection of the Museum when it opened in 1884. The opening of this exhibition in June 2013 marks the centenary of the Museum moving to its current building on Downing Street.

Chiefs & Governors introduces important aspects of Fijian art and culture and highlights key moments of Fijian pre-colonial and [.../...]

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Tags: Oceanic Art, Exhibitions

Objects of belief: art of Africa, Oceania and America from the Vatican collections

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

San Francisco, 9 February 2013

de Young Museum: art of Africa, Oceania and America - Vatican collections

The de Young Museum – Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco – displays from 9 February to 8 September 2013 a unique series of 39 African, Oceanic and Native American works from the collections of the Ethnological Museum of the Vatican, reflecting various religious cultures.

The set design highlights local and general significance of these objects, as well as the history of their collecting. Thus, among the masterpieces, two masks and three engravings obtained in 1691 by Father Francisco Romero in Santa Maria in the Sierra Nevada, three figurative sculptures representing gods Tu and Tupo sent by the first missionary from Mangareva (Gambier Islands) to Pope Gregory XVI in 1837, or an Aztec sculpture from Quetzalcoatl from the 15th century.

This exhibition takes place within the framework of the renovation of the Ethnological Museum of Vatican, which is expected to reopen in 2014. The de Young Museum had already collaborated with the Vatican in 1982 for the exhibition [.../...]

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Tags: African Art, Oceanic Art, Native American Art, Exhibitions

Kastom, Art of Vanuatu

By Artkhade

Canberra, 6 February 2013

Kastom, Art of Vanuatu

Vanuatu is very different from other Pacific nations. Traditional practices better known as Kastom remain strong even after a century of dual colonial religious influences. Kastom: Art of Vanuatu presents for the first time the unique collection of arts from this area held by the National Gallery of Australia. In the early 1970s the Gallery contracted an agent to field collect in Vanuatu resulting in the acquisition of nearly two hundred works, a selection of which will be accompanied by other important works from the NGA's Vanuatu collection.

An array of compelling sculptures created for ritual events include the towering four metre figure Maghe ni Hivwir created from tree fern to Ramparamp - the life sized effigies of chiefly men which enabled them to live beyond death. Upright slit drums Atingting hewn of entire tree trunks topped with big eyed faces, sculptures of otherworldly beings in wood, tree fern, clay and stone all feature with the exhibition alongside one of the oldest scientifically dated works from Vanuatu a [.../...]

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Tags: Oceanic Art, Exhibitions

Wonderful performance of Aboriginal art exhibition at Quai Branly

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 29 January 2013

Aboriginal Art

Exhibition titled “Aux sources de la peinture aborigène. Australie” (At the source of Aboriginal painting. Australia), held at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, attracted over 133,700 visitors. The museum located in 7th district, has recently announced it as its fifth best result since the opening in 2006.

The exhibition of Aboriginal painting is the largest initiative of that kind outside of Australia. The collection consisting of over 200 pieces belongs to the National Gallery of Vicotria in Melbourne.

Museum’s spokesman informed that the institution is delighted with the public’s interest in the exhibition, notably in the period when the competition was very strong; Dalí retrospective at the Centre Pompidou and Edward Hopper exhibition in the Grand Palais were held in parallel.

To celebrate the success of the exhibition and mark its end on 26 January, Lena Nyabdi, Aborigine artist who has already effectuated an artwork on the facade of the museum’s building, received a commission for a production located on the [.../...]

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Tags: Aboriginal Art, Oceanic Art, Exhibitions

Kaua’i Museum highlights "Heart Works"

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Kaua’i, 23 October 2012

Kaua’i Museum

Kaua’i Museum, located on the oldest islands of Hawai, is a space devoted to the knowledge of the past and future of Kaua’i and Ni’hau’s islands. Since the beginning it is devoted to the history of immigrants and natives in order to promote appreciation and respect for their culture.

The museum is pleased to present an exhibition titled “Heart Works” by Lea Ingram and Bud Spindt, which starts on Friday 26 October 2012. Bud Spindt has used glass in his work for over 25 years. His work is inspired by vivid, saturated tropical colours. His projects comprise sculptures in the public space, architectural elements and conceptual lights.

Lea Ingram chose fabric for her medium. She uses dyed or hand-painted materials as well as the traditional technique of quilt which she modifies and applies in her own way. Her works are thus an interesting combination between painting and fabric.

Tags: Oceanic Art, Exhibitions