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From November 23–30, Amsterdam will be in the spotlight again with PAN Amsterdam, the country’s largest contemporary art, design, and antiques show, which brings in about 45,000 visitors every year. The event now deserves to be on the tribal art enthusiast’s itinerary, since as of last year, it has included a tribal arts pavilion featuring the Brussels galleries of Jo de Buck and Joris Visser, as well as the national Sanne Nies Salon Tribal Art organization.
Celebrating Africa?s continual dynamism and long tradition of artistic creativity, Double Take: African Innovations opens the doors to the Brooklyn Museum's storied African collection with a new, experimental installation that invites surprising and unexpected ways of looking at African art. It suggests universal themes that link seemingly dissimilar works, often across vast distances of time and space, while also presenting them within their own specific context of history and place.
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New edition of Madison Ancient and Tribal Art at ARADER GALLERY on 1016 Madison Ave in New York from November 8 until 11. Among the dealers : Marc Assayag, Bruce Frank, Patrick Mestdagh, James Stephenson, Michael Olive and Michael Rhodes. For more details, please, visit the following website : matanyc.com
Myron Kunin (1928 – 2013) dedicated his life to beauty, both as a businessman and art collector. A modest, self-made man, he transformed his family’s small business in Minnesota into a global empire encompassing more than 10,000 hair salons worldwide and numerous brands from Supercuts to Vidal Sassoon and Jean-Louis David.
Focusing on major works of outstanding quality, Kunin amassed one of the finest private collections of African Art in the world. The collection includes masterpieces from all regions of sub-Saharan Africa, and is particularly strong in works of great refinement and classical beauty originating from Ivory Coast, Gabon, and the Congo.
The Myron Kunin Collection will be sold at Sotheby’s, New York, on November 11, 2014.
Cooking, eating, drinking—these activities may seem mundane to some, but they play an important role in such highly symbolic practices as marriages, births, initiations, and funerary rites. When ritualized, the act of eating becomes an activity that requires special utensils, as varied as they may be refined: dishes, bowls, cups, spoons, and ladles, to mention but a few. Food, the foundation for any group’s survival and its members’ well-being, also allows man to relate to the beings of other realms. These practices and the multitude of objects associated with them will be the subject of the fascinating L’Art de Manger: Rites et Traditions (The Art of Eating: Rites and Traditions) exhibtion at the Musée Dapper, on view from October 15, 2014–July 12, 2015.
The exhibition MAYAS, Revelation of an endless time presents objects from the majority of Maya territories and from the different periods that mark the extraordinary longevity of this civilisation, from the first archaeological remains (first millennium B.C.) until the present day. The Mayas have left to posterity cities with spectacular architecture, sculpture of great aesthetic development, remarkable frescoes, refined ceramic vases… The exhibition presents nearly 400 works of art – including bas-relief and high relief sculptures, ceramic containers, lapidary art in jade, grave figurines and artefacts, jewellery, colonial documents, textiles etc. On view at the musée du quai Branly as from October 7th until February 2nd, 2015.
The mysterious world of the Javanese Kingdom remained closed to outsiders for over a thousand years, with only the statues hew from lava rock at Borobudur displaying the wealth with which the Javanese rulers venerated their gods. The Wereldmuseum is bringing a world premiere with its exhibition Gold of the Gods. An extensive collection of Javanese gold from the seventh to the eleventh centuries is on view until April 6, 2015.
The Radiance of Shadows: Black and White
Art of the Solomon Islands will bring a rich collection of
these Solomons artworks to the musée du quai Branly
from November 18, 2014, to February 1, 2015.
Luminosity and iridescence are omnipresent in the maritime environment of the Solomon Islands, a Pacific archipelago of more than 900 islands that harbors vast cultural diversity. The natural contrast of light and dark there is often associated with the “Shadows,” the powerful spirits of the dead. By reproducing the visual effects of their environment in art objects, the living seek to give material expression to the relations they enjoy with these supernatural beings, and through these remarkable objects, the presence of ancestors manifests itself to help men achieve success in their enterprises, whether building a house for the chief or a canoe to sail the seas. Objects relating to headhunting, fishing, harvest, initiation, marriage, funerary rites, and so on are all rooted in this aesthetic.
The exhibition of talismans “Kotoko Equestrians, Guardians of the Soul” from the prestigious collection of Pierluigi Peroni, will open Thursday, December 26th, 2013 at 7 pm, at the Museum of African Art in Belgrade. The Kotoko Equestrians, exhibition displays miniature bronze figurines – talismans bearing the horse and rider motif, featuring exceptional stylistic versatility and strong symbolic meaning in the culture of the African Kotoko people. Similar to amulets worn around the world believed to bring good luck or blessings of the gods, "Kotoko Equestrians" are personal items most often worn as pendants on necklaces or bracelets, which represent a source of spiritual strength for their owners.
From the 23rd of May until the end of the month of November 2014, the Barbier-Mueller Museum of Geneva will be exposing its “Insolite Nudity”: a selection of unique pieces from the Antiquity to the 20th century, originating from Africa, Asia, Oceania and Pre-Columbian America. For more information, please visit the web site of the museum.