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Paris, 9 January 2017
Majestic and beautiful looking twins, natives of Ishokun, Let me find means of eating, let me find means of drinking. Majestic and beautiful looking twins, come and give me the blessing of a child.
According to Yoruba legend, the ibeji—united and inseparable twins—were sent into the world by monkeys, whose knowledge of nature’s secrets surpassesthat of men. Regarded as sacred, they are venerated in a cult based on statuettes, the ere ibeji, which are commissioned from master sculptors by the families of the deceased twins. The eighty works from Benin and Nigeria presented in this book reflect the incredible stylistic diversity and beauty of these silent symbols of an ageold tradition—an eloquent expression of the creative potential of African art.
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, 3 November 2016
On 15 and 16 December, the auction house Millon, in collaboration with Christie’s, will be selling, at the Hôtel Drouot, a selection of pieces from Madeleine Meunier’s estate. The 15 December will feature nearly 80 African and Oceania art objects, and nearly 60 archaeological lots collected by Aristide Courtois and Charles Ratton, which have remained in the shadows for nearly half a century. The 16 December sale will be for furniture, silverware, jewellery and other objects belonging to Madeleine Meunier.
Standing Rock, 28 October 2016
Over 1,200 museum directors and curators, archaeologists, anthropologists, researchers and experts have signed a petition to stop the construction of a pipeline in Dakota on ancestral Amerindian land. Decorated in 2014 by the American Medal of Freedom, Suzan Shown Harjo, from the Cheyenne and Muscogee tribes, also declared that this pipeline “violated existing religious freedom, cultural rights, historic, environmental, and archaeological laws by failing to consult with the Standing Rock and other Sioux nations, and most recently by denying descendants access to the sacred place and enforcing the ban with attack dogs and other weapons (…). Native people and supporters urge official actions to stop this shameful project permanently.”
Paris, 24 October 2016
Several dates have been set for dispersing the tribal, modern and contemporary art collection of film director Claude Berri (1934 – 2009), comprising over 400 works, at Christie’s in Paris. During the 43rd edition of the FIAC, 80 lots of post-war and contemporary works were offered for sale, on 22 October. Artists represented included Wim Delvoye with his pigskin tattooed with Mickey et Minnie (2005), estimated at between €1 and 1.5 million, Jean Dubuffet with his ink work Paysage (1960), expected to fetch about €50,000, and Tatiana Trouvé with her Untitled (2005) charcoal drawing, estimated at between €10,000 and €15,000. A photograph sale is being organised on 12 November during the Paris Photo fair. The auction house has also set a sales session for tribal art, on 13 December.
New York, 18 October 2016
On 22 September, in New York, three dealers from the Metropolitan Fine Arts and Antiques gallery were arrested for the unauthorised sale of ivory pieces, paying no heed to a 2014 law to limit the ivory market. Representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation found in the gallery 126 objects valued at $4.5 million. The operation was initially devoted to the search for a $2,000 statuette sculpted from mammoth ivory.
New York, 2 October 2016
The galleries participating in the inaugural TEFAF New York exhibition, to be held at the Park Avenue Armory from 21 to 26 October 2016, have been announced.
93 art, archeology, furniture and jewellery galleries will be gathered, among them Galerie Meyer - Oceanic & Eskimo Art, Galerie Jacques Germain and Galerie Didier Claes.
The selection committee was made up by four members of the TEFAF board of trustees as well as four US experts representing different fields of art. The committee’s recommendations were then validated and approved by the board of directors of TEFAF New York.
The fair’s scenography is in the hands of the Tom Postma Design firm. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will be presenting a special exhibition at the event, and profits from the opening evening will go to the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre.
Paris, 27 September 2016
A Bakongo nail fetish, a Jivaro shrunken head, or a sculpture from Papua New Guinea… From “museum-quality” pieces to charming finds, Artkhade looks back to a crazy week: the Parcours des Mondes.
The tribal-arts market is fascinating. Less dangerous than operating a uranium mine in Gabon, more restful than Tintin’s adventures in Congo, it has experienced an unprecedented boom in the last fifteen years or so. The quest for “magic” objects from Africa, Oceania or the Americas draws dealers and collectors to Paris every year at the quirky Parcours des Mondes * in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. This eminently tribal rendezvous, a deliciously ritualistic ceremony, brings together the cream in international dealing every September. To give a literary comparison, one might say that the magic of the Parcours des Mondes is a bit like the shock inflicted by L’Afrique fantôme… it is just as enchanting as Michel Leiris’ book. The type of week that might set you into a trance until Christmas.
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Paris, 6 September 2016
On the occasion of the Parcours des Mondes fair, young collector Inti Ligabue draws up a portrait of one of the broadest Italian art collections, ranging from prehistory to modern paintings via tribal art. An inventory.
*Inti Ligabue, thirty-five years old, was appointed honorary president of the 15th edition of the Parcours des Mondes fair. This year, the event is drawing to Paris 80 international galleries specialising in tribal and Asian arts, from 6 to 11 September. Inti is the son of Giancarlo Ligabue, who passed away in 2015, and who gained renown as an archaeologist, palaeontologist and collector, as well as a political figure and businessman at the head of Gruppo Ligabue, a hundred-year-old family business dealing in food freight and services, present on every continent. This eminent Italian public figure left behind an incomparable legacy, including an extraordinary art collection covering a few thousand years. To carry on this adventure, Inti Ligabue launched, in January [.../...]See more
London, 27 August 2016
Bryan Reeves has stood for a certain vision of tribal art and culture ever since he launched the Tribal Perspectives fair in 2007. Since then, the event has grown, changed its name and venue by moving into The Mall Galleries to become Tribal Art London. At the start of September, Art Media Agency with Artkhade went to London, winding through the fair’s alleys, to meet Bryan Reeves.
B. R.: I like introducing Tribal Art London as a cultural fair. Our exhibitors cover all fields of tribal art around the globe, and we have a well-developed conference programme, offering debates in fields as wide as culture or ethnography — the aim being to increase understanding of tribal art without contenting ourselves with merely being a strictly commercial fair. Today, the fair is heading to its ninth birthday. When we started, we were no more than a small exhibition with three dealers — “Tribal Perspectives”. We gradually developed the fair, then moved to a fantastic spot, [.../...]See more