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In the ancient arts of Africa, the reference to ancestors is almost everywhere. It assumes forms that have become “great classics” and yet vary from one people to another. On the occasion of Parcours des mondes 2004, Alain Bovis gallery has chosen three modes of expression that are quite different from each other in style, materials used and cultures concerned. The Great Art of the Lega, Kota Art as a source of inspiration for Modern Art and Ancestor Stones from Sierra Leone and Guinea make up this "African Trilogy".
On the occasion of Parcours des mondes 2014, the Galerie Flak presents the exhibition Archaic Eskimo from September 9 until October 11. Over 30 sculptures in ivory representing human or animal figures, veritable “miniature giants”, along with shamanic masks will be exhibited. This is the first time in France that a private gallery has presented such a group of museum-quality pieces to a public of collectors and enthusiasts. Archaic Eskimo art – whose oldest sculptures from the frozen permafrost go back nearly 2,500 years – conceals poetry, mystery and a power of evocation that are unique. On this occasion the Galerie Flak will also publish two new catalogues: Archaic Eskimo, Ancient arts of Alaska and Arts of Africa and Oceania, Parcours des Mondes 2014.
Buddha’s Word is the first museum exhibition of Tibetan material in Cambridge. It is also the first time in the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology’s history that its Buddhist collections will be showcased in an exhibition. Many of the artifacts, prints and manuscripts in the exhibition have never been on public display before. Exhibits include some of the oldest illuminated Buddhist manuscripts from the first decades of the eleventh century as well as specimens of skillfully illuminated wooden covers; a quartet of scroll paintings brought back from the infamous Young husband Expedition; and a gift from the 13th Dalai Lama. The exhibition charts some of the incredible journeys that the words of the Buddha have taken: crossing mountains and oceans and taking different material forms in different places. This is the story of the transformation of Buddha’s words, from palm leaf, to paper, to digital dharma.
Fair and Show
For its 13th edition, taking place form September 9 to 14, Parcours des Mondes is to have the pleasure of presenting 68 exhibitors, half of them coming from abroad, and with the exceptional participation of nine American art dealers, including the galleries of Thomas Murray, Bruce Frank, Jacaranda, and Donald Ellis. Arts from Africa are of course to have the place of honor, but also the arts of Asia, Oceania, the Americas, especially from the North, as well as arts of the Himalayas, Indonesia, India, or else of textiles.. Also to be noted is a clear and after all quite natural opening to Archaeology through classical antiquities from Egypt and the Near East. Parcours des Mondes has attracted within it some new young dealers: the American Berz Gallery and Brant Mackley Gallery, the English Jonathan Hope and six French art dealers: Galerie Martin Doustar, Galerie L’Etoile d’Ishtar, David Ghezelbash, Indian Heritage, Renaud Montméat Arts from Asia and Pablo Touchaleaume Gallery.
Pulitzer Arts Foundation and Tribal Art Magazine present for Parcours des mondes 2014 a colloquium
Art and technology: new perspectives on non-western art
Suzanne Preston Blier Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University. Towards A Museum Geography: Mapping Object Flows, Voids, and Re-Connections.
Dr. Marc Ghysels radiologist specializing in the analysis of works of art (Scantix). Slicing Through Antiques and Works of Art.
Frederic Cloth computer engineer and independent researcher in African Arts. The power of Comparison: Using Algorithms to Surface History in the Kota Corpus.
Colloquium introduced and moderated by Kristina Van Dyke (Director of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation) and Elena Martínez-Jacquet (Editor in Chief for Europe - Tribal Art magazine).
Saturday,13 September, 2014 from 3pm until 5pm at musée du quai Branly, Salon de lecture Jacques Kerchache, 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris.
Free entrance - limited availability - Talks in French
On the occasion of Parcours des mondes 2014, Art y Ritual Gallery presents the book ADAM together with a virtual visit and a selection of ancient masterpieces from Africa, the Pacific and America. A second exhibition will present the recent acquisitions (Africa, Oceania, West Coast of North America).
In the context of the 2014 edition of Parcours des mondes, the Jacques Germain gallery has put together a body of works reflecting the key place that the animal theme occupies in the material culture of black Africa. In traditional African thinking, animals often interact with the spirit world and the human world. Generally, they may be represented to evoke certain qualities deserving emphasis, such as strength or craftiness, which does not exclude them being used to attest to the presence of a water genie or testifying to a sovereign’s ability to manifest themselves at a distance. While the modelling of these objects may vary between strict naturalism and a style that comes down to a few simplified shapes, animal art can also incorporate imaginative or even disturbing aspects, particularities that could be emphasised during night-time performances.
Art from the Pacific island of New Britain is the most ephemeral of that from Oceania. Made solely for a precise moment, steeped in the spiritual world, the objects were used once only, then hidden or ritually burned. Very few of them have survived. This remarkable group of textiles from the Baining people has however survived, remaining intact and in perfect condition. Collected by the German explorer Harting in 1900, these masks and banners were hidden, unknown and out of sight. They represent one of the most elegant traditions of Oceanic art and are presented by Kevin Conru during the Parcours.
This year Alain Lecomte is pleased to present the second part of the Bateke collection of Raoul Lehuard, (prolific author of an impressive collection of books on the Bakongo group, and creator of the famous magazine “Arts d'Afrique Noire”). This collection was in part put together by Robert Lehuard (Raoul Lehuard’s father), stationed in Congo-Brazzaville from 1924 to 1933. These pieces are important, not for their size, but for the quality they give off.