The Auctions Database of Ancient Arts from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
Brussels, 13 June 2014,
As a result of a deep-rooted colonial past, Brussels retains strong links with the Congo — a hive of activity for African art. Brussels is now globally regarded as a stronghold for the trade in Tribal Art; to demonstrate its appreciation for the genre, the city plays host to a trio of fairs each year, drawing an international audience of collectors and admirers alike. This year’s event — the second to offer all three fairs —, took place from 4-8 June.
Now in its 24th year, BRUNEAF (Brussels Non European Art Fair) – art from Africa, Oceania and Indonesia —, shares the event with BAAF (Brussels Ancient Art Fair) — presenting Antique, Egyptian, Near-Orient and European art —, now in its 12th edition. The latest addition to the event comes in the form of AAB (Asian Art in Brussels) — presenting a variety of Asian art from China, Japan, India, the Himalayas, South Asia and South East Asia —, now in its second year.
The fairs’ three presidents, Didier Claes, Jacques Billen and Carlo [.../...]See more
Paris, 17 April 2014,
In art, a quantitative approach is often given bad press. Those who pursue analyses based on value are often accused of relegating the importance of art works themselves – reducing them to mere financial assets. A number of dealers pretend to ignore the industry’s financial side, placing a stronger emphasis on the aesthetic or emotional aspect of their work. The reality of the market, however, means that financial considerations remain – and are increasingly – a vital component of the art world.
Art has often sought to avoid an association with finance and has, in part, succeeded. A work of art – even one considered to have little financial worth – is capable of attaining a very personal value which a treasury bond will never reach. Yet, in the context of an increasingly liquid market affected by ongoing inflation, information is key; thus, the importance of accurate data sources becomes increasingly important.
In the 1990s, a number of data specialists used the development of the [.../...]See more
Paris, 11 April 2014
The inaugural edition of Paris Tribal, an event bringing together several galleries in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris, took place between 3 and 6 April.
All 26 participating dealers announced their satisfaction with a high turnout of collectors, who came from both France and further afield: Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the USA.
Significant sales which took place over the course of the weekend included: a wooden Senoufo ointment pot (c. 1870) from the Ivory Coast, sold by Galerie Bacquart; African, Nepalese and Guatemalan masks and a Murik, Sepik mask from Papua New Guinea at Alain Bovis; a Moro leather set of armour from the Sulu Archipelago of the Philippines at Pascassio Manfredi; a Sigi Kun (buffalo head) at Albert Loeb; and an important Nepalese mask in wood, metal and clay at Indian Heritage gallery.
The second edition of Paris Tribal is forecast to take place in spring 2015.
Milan, 8 April 2014
According to The Art Newspaper, Milan’s Museo delle Culture, a museum for non-European art, is forecast to open in October 2014. It is a project which has so far cost the city €60 million, and has been in the pipeline since 1999.
The museum, designed by the British architect Sir David Chipperfield, serves as a collaboration between public and private spheres. The city of Milan is to oversee the museum’s permanent collection, whilst a private company is to be in control of the institution’s commercial enterprises, education programme and the organisation of two annual temporary exhibitions.
When the museum does open its doors to the public, it is to house 780m2 of permanent exhibition space and 1,500m2 of temporary exhibition space, enabling it to showcase a great variety of non-European works ranging in origin from pre-Columbian to modern and contemporary art. The museum’s permanent collection is to draw from the city’s extensive resources and is to be overseen by Marina Pugliese, the Director [.../...]See more
Paris, 2 April 2014,
Artcurial has announced the opening of a new department dedicated to tribal art. According to the auction house, this venture has been prompted by a string of successful sales, notably, the collections of Louis Carré (2002), Baudouin de Grunne (2006) and Alex Van Opstal (2008).
The department is to be led by Florence Latieule, a specialist in contemporary art. Lucas Ratton, an expert in African art and the founder of the eponymous gallery on Paris’s Rue de Seine, is to take up the position of consultant. Bernard de Grunne, a Belgian historian specialising in tribal art, is to become the department’s advisor on scientific and cultural plans.
Despite the fact the department is only in its first year of action, Artcurial have already announced two sales to take place this year: the first on 16 June, and the second scheduled for a date in December.
Paris, 27 March 2014
Paris Tribal, a gathering of twenty-six Parisian galleries under the collective aim of showcasing Paris’s rich collection of tribal art, is to take place from 3 to 6 April 2014. Art Media Agency had the opportunity to meet with Alain Bovis, the founder of his gallery on the Rue des Beaux-Arts, and Véronique du Lac, the gallery’s Director. The interview uncovers certain aspects of this fascinating genre which is tribal art, and its ability to combine aesthetic practice with a demonstration of its rich cultural past.
Why tribal art? It is emblematic of an affinity with a rich cultural heritage and a real sense of passion. The objects we feature have the ability to mesmerise and to provide their viewer with a deeper [.../...]See more
Paris, 21 February 2014,
The first edition of Paris Tribal, a new event bringing together 26 Parisian galleries, is to take place between 3 and 6 April 2014.
A press release for the event explains that “Paris appears today to be the capital of tribal art, reflected in the large number of Parisian galleries internationally known”. Galleries and dealers in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter are launching this new spring event to further develop the market, meet collector demand and confirm the French capital’s dominant position.
The galleries, which include Alain Bovis, Indian Heritage and Anthony JP Meyer, are to stage exhibitions, displaying rare and special works of art over the course of the weekend. Between them, they are to present tribal art from Africa, America, Asia, Indonesia and Oceania.
Paris, 17 January 2014,
The Parisian Musée du quai Branly, dedicated to the arts and civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, has announced its receipt of a record number of donations in 2013.
Works donated to the institution include: 2,950 watercolours, drawings, studies and other documents by the artist Paul Jacoulet; a work by Aboriginal artist Lena Nyadbi; a rare sculpture from New Ireland (Papua New Guinea), as well as an exceptional Dogon piece. The museum’s collection has increased by 2,994 works in total – an expansion which includes the addition of 268 photos, with a combined value of €5,175,093. Donations have supplemented the museum’s 2013 acquisitions budget of €1,134,986.
The Musée du quai Branly is home to a collection of 300,000 works and objects from Africa (89,000), Asia (72,000), Oceania (33,000) and the Americas (106,000), of which 3,400 are exhibited in its “plateau de collections” room. The museum’s valuables also include two other important collections – [.../...]See more
Brussels, 15 January 2014,
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.
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 [.../...]See more
San Francisco, 3 October 2013
The forthcoming edition of the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show (SFTTA), an event which continues to inspire art collectors, curators, critics and investors alike, is to take place from 6 to 9 February 2014.
The 28th SFTTA is one of the most highly-anticipated tribal art events in the world. It is taking place in the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, offering a selection of tribal art and textile pieces from Asia, Africa, Europe and America.
Featured at the event are around one hundred art dealers, offering ancient and contemporary arts and crafts from around the world. This year, works include pieces from the Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea, with the support of Michael Hamson Oceanic Art, textiles from Turkmenistan, from Hagop Manoyan Antique Rugs, and a selection of textile artworks and baskets from the Congo, from Andres Moraga Textile Art.