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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 [.../...]See more
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, 29 January 2013
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 [.../...]See more
Toledo, 30 November 2012
Aboriginal Australian art will be on show at the Toldeo Museum of Art in Ohio from 11 April to 14 July 2013, on occasion of a unique exhibition titled “Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art from the Hood Museum of Art”. It will be the first one for the region.
The exhibition will feature over 100 works of contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art, spanning fifty years, by artists from Desert communities and cities. Collectors Will Owen and Harvey Wagner gathered these objects before donating their collection to the Hood Museum of Art. The museum mentions among artists exhibited Michael Riley, Shorty Jangala Robertson, Danny Gibson Tjapaltjarri, Destiny Deacon and Walangkura Napanangka.
“Crossing Cultures” shows by no doubt a great artistic diversity, and unveils the richness of Aboriginal contemporary art – the last major movement of the 20th century. Under the curatorship of Stephen Gilchrist, the exhibition reveals the variety of mediums and materials used by [.../...]See more
Brisbane, 10 October 2012
“Gestuelles – The Art of Transmission by Aboriginal Desert Women”, a new exhibition organised by the French Alliance in Brisbane, Australia, will take place from 7 November through 5 December 2012. It was organised in collaboration with the IDAIA (International Development for Australian Indigenous Art), the French Alliance in Brisbane and the French Embassy in Australia, in order to promote the role of France in the development and recognition of Australian Aboriginal art.
“Gestuelles” presents works by female painters from the Desert communities, where the emergence of acrylic paint and the comprehension of the feminine role have been greatly encouraged by two prominent French anthropologists: Françoise Dussart in Yuendumu and Barbara Glowczeski in Balgo Hills. The historical bonds between France and Aboriginal art constitute a rich and fertile investigation field, through the works of French anthropologists and ethnologists, their intervention in indigenous artistic communities, the creation of major public collections of Aboriginal art and the exceptional public commission of Aboriginal art for the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. [.../...]See more
Paris, 9 October 2012
The exhibition titled “The origins of Aboriginal painting” is taking place at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris until 20 January 2013.
It is presenting for the first time in Europe a major artistic movement, first born in Papunya in the Central Australia desert, in the early 1970s. The works exhibited are at the origins of Australian contemporary painting, and of a great artistic movement: by reproducing ritual ephemeral paintings and patterns on wooden panels, the Papunya Aboriginal artists have created a new form of art. They have transposed their patterns on new materials in order to tell their ancestral stories (what anthropologists call “the time of dream”) and explain what their traditions and societies were like.
The exhibition has been designed as a retrospective of the major artists belonging to this movement. Displaying over 200 paintings and 70 items, it presents as well the iconographic and spiritual sources of the Papunya movement, and recalls its evolution from the first panels to large [.../...]See more
Paris, 18 September 2012
The Musée du Quai Branly proposes, from 18 September 2012 to 14 July 2013, an exhibition titled “Cheveux chéris. Frivolités et trophées” (Darling hair. Frivolity and trophies). At the crossing of anthropology, ancient and contemporary art history, fashion and rituals, the exhibition explores the question of individual intimacy and its sociability, developing the universal theme of hair.
In almost every civilization hair have a particular importance. They often have a link with intimacy, seduction, decency and sexuality. Depending on periods and places, hair symbolizes manly strength (Samson’s hair) or feminity; sometimes shown, sometimes hidden. In the past, it was said that stealing someone’s hair allowed to make love potions or to bewitch. Sometimes coloured (with achiote in Amazonia, henna in the Middle East), covered with ashes or clay in many ethnical groups, on occasion of various ceremonies, hair [.../...]See more
Paris, 30 août 2012
From 9 October 2012 to 20 January 2013 the exhibition entitled “aux sources de l’aborigène” (at the roots of Aboriginal art) will take place at Quai Branly.
From 25 August to 7 September, the Galerie Pierrick Touchefeu will once again put in pride of place this civilisation considered as one of the most ancient in the world.
The following artists will be represented: Kathleen Petyarre, Ningura Napurrula, Judy Watson Napangardi, Emily Pwerle, Walangkura Napanangka, and Dorothy Napangardi. These artists are experts in Aboriginal art.
The Galerie Pierrick Touchefeu opened in 2005 in Sceaux (92), near the Château de Sceaux. It immediately decided to display both young artists and recognised artists without restricting itself to only one artistic medium.
So as to enable an exchange between artists belonging to different generations and different artistic movements, it ensures a moving and interactive scenography in its space.
Another of its specialty is the defence and promotion of Aboriginal art.
Paris, 2 August 2012
From 11 September to 20 October, the Galerie Meyer Oceanic Art in Paris will exhibit “Walkabout: the early art of the Australian Aborigines”.
This exhibition will feature a selection of two hundred pieces from three private European collections of fine Aboriginal Art as well as archaic Eskimo Art. The opening will take place during the opening of Parcours des Mondes, the world’s leading international Tribal Art fair which will take place during the second week of September in Paris.
Early Aboriginal works which may take the form of tools, weapons, bark paintings, rock art and sand drawings, typically made from wood, stone, shell, animal and plant material, are often classified as minimalist in terms of their simplicity of shape and decoration. Due to the nomadic nature of the Aborigines’ lifestyle, these tribes typically condense or reduce their artwork to the necessity of its function. As stated in the press release: “Aboriginal Art is an art of Design – it is an art of perfection. For those who can see beyond the apparent simplicity, there is remarkable beauty to be found not only in the pure form but in the treatment of surfaces and [.../...]See more