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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
Geneva, 9 December 2016
Until 8 January 2017, the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève is playing host to “Amazonia, The Shaman and the Mind of the Forest”. An ethnographic exhibition that can also be described as… a political act.
Amazonia remains a poor relative in the world of art exhibitions and ethnography. Preference goes to Pre-Columbian art, Mayan, Aztec or Incan cultures — all far more likely to get crowds through the doors. In recent years, exhibitions in Europe on Amazonia can be counted on the fingers of one hand — the British Museum in 2001, the Mona Bismarck Foundation in 2002 or the Grand Palais in 2005, to name the most important ones. “I want to stir things up, heuristically speaking,” exclaims Boris Wastiau, director of the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève (MEG) and curator of the exhibition. “Amazonia, The Shaman and the Mind of the Forest” sets out to get things moving and offer reparation for an injustice.
What will we find at this exhibition in Geneva? An introduction to the region, which blends voices from the present day to those [.../...]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
Quito, 20 May 2015
Daniel Klein and his wife Carmen are true fans of Art Primitif. They are the founders behind the Casa del Alabado, a Pre-Columbian art museum which aims to present to Ecuadorians an insight into their rich indigenous culture and their vast heritage. Art Media Agency had the opportunity to speak with Daniel Klein to find out more about his interest in Art Brut and how it occupies a new place in the art market.
What is your background, and how did you start collecting? That’s a good question. I am French by origin but I have lived in Ecuador for 30 years, where I began to collect Colombian Art with my wife. Around three years ago we opened a museum that specialises in Pre-Colombian art in the centre of Quito city. That was really our first love, yet we have been attracted to anything that resembles Art Informel, that which is unconcerned by commercial pressures. We have since collected African art, Australasian and American art; all that is Art Primitif or Art Populaire, and all that implies [.../...]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
Gatineau, 26 September 2012
On the occasion of the exhibition “Les secrets de la civilisation Maya”, the Canadian Museum of Civilisation organises three lectures in order to familiarise the public with the Maya world and culture, and the perpetual interest their civilisation arouses.
The first lecture will take place on 27 September at 6.30 p.m. in French and at 8 p.m. in English and will be run by Claudio Obregón Clarin from the Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes de Cancún in Mexico. It is an exceptional opportunity to learn more about the Mayas, Mexico and its archaeoligical discoveries.
On Thursday 18 October at 7 p.m., Anabel Ford from the MesoAmerican Research Center, anthropologist from the University of California, will lead the lecture about the elements which, according to her studies, permitted the development of the ancient Maya population in an extremely hostile tropical environment. Anabel Ford will present as well the research made in Belize in Guatemala and explain the creation of norms of longevity for the [.../...]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, 9 March 2012
The Quai Branly Museum is offering a new approach to the meteorological phenomenon of rain with its exhibition “The Rain”, running until 13 May 2012.
Rain can be benevolent, unexpected, evil or unpleasant. Nearly 95 works and iconographic documents from the Quai Branly Museum’s collections, give an account of these various facts. From Africa to Asia and from America to Oceania, all peoples have found a way to deal with this element.
Many of the displayed objects are merely functional, like the seal intestine raincoat, precursor to our oilskin, or imprinted with a religious connotation like African masks or Oceanian magic stones testament to the divine power attributed to rain all over the world. Footage excerpts complete this selection, like those of Jean Rouch, along with recordings relative to rituals and music linked to analogical representations of rain.
The visit ends with an accumulation of Nepalese kites meant to ward off rain.
Brussels, 31 January 2012
The 57th edition of the Brussels Antiques and Fine Art Fair (BRAFA) took place between 21 and 29 January. For the eighth consecutive year, “Tours & Taxis”, a former train depot, was the venue chosen to host the event. 122 galleries, 60% from outside Belgium, made the trip to Brussels to exhibit at the fair which was, once more, under the direction of Beatrix Bourdon.
Gradually increasing from 2010, the fair attracted 46,000 visitors, who got the chance to see examples of ancient, modern, contemporary art in the form of paintings, sculptures, objets d’art, photographs and even Oceanic, tribal and oriental art. Ancient art remains the fair’s speciality, with De Backker Gallery selling a Hugo Van der Goes piece entitled Nativity for between €300,000 and €400,000 according to Artinfo, as well as a Madonna for €150,000.
Few other results have been released to the public, but in general it would seem that both exhibitors and organisers are satisfied.