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Thomas Murray is an independent researcher, collector and private dealer of Asian and Tribal art with an emphasis on Indonesian sculpture and textiles, as well as animistic art from other varied cultures. He also features Indian printed trade cloths from the 14th-18th Centuries.
A HALI magazine contributing editor for the last 25 years, he serves as their "in-house" expert on all ethnographic textiles, with more than 50 publications. He has lectured widely, including "Ottoman Influences on Islamic Calligraphic Batik from Indonesia", "Li Textiles of Hainan, Seeking the Source of Lost Austronesian Iconography", "Lampung Imagery: Textile Iconography of South Sumatra", "Revealing Austronesian Aesthetics" and most recently "A Personal Perspective on the Collecting of Non Western Art". Samples of his essays and book reviews may be accessed here.
Thomas Murray is Past President of ATADA, The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association.
Thomas Murray recently served a three year term as a member of President Obama's Cultural Property Advisory Committee at the State Department. President Obama said, "This dedicated individual brings a wealth of experience and talent to his new role and I am proud to have him serve in the months and years to come."
Musée de Boulogne-sur-Mer
Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
From its vantage point on the banks of the Seine, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the musée du quai Branly strives to give the full measure of the significance of the Arts and Civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, at the crossroads of cultural, religious and historical influences. As a place of scientific and artistic dialogue, a crossroads for exchanges between the general public, researchers, students or contemporary artists, the museum hosts a series of exhibitions, performances, conferences, workshops and screenings that punctuate its life throughout the year.
The Fabre museum is the main art museum of Montpellier and one of the most important provincial museum in France. In 2007, the museum's fund involve 1800 paintings, 300 sculptures, 4000 drawings and 1500 carvings as well as thousands of art objects. The four main tours invite you to discover the rich permanent collections from Renaissance to contemporary art.
Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale
On 1 December 2013 the museum building closed its doors for a three-year renovation period. When the museum reopens on December 8, it will have drastically changed in appearance. Throughout the renovation, educational and cultural activities and exhibitions will take place in different locations thanks to the 'Pop-up museum' (http://www.africamuseum.be/popupmuseum).
Pierre Nachbaur Art
Pierre Nachbaur Art presents a collection of Tribal Art from South East Asia and the West Pacific, principally from Indonesia, Borneo, Nias, Java, Sumatra, Timor, Flores and Sulawesi but also from Oceania . The collection includes figures of ancestors, hampatongs, charms and “shamanic” objects from Borneo, Adu Zatua from Nias, sigalegale, statues and elements of Batak architecture from Sumatra… Pierre Nachbaur Art offers as well classical pieces from Bali and Java of the Majapahit and Shrivijaya era, originating from great European private collections. The objects are available for viewing in either France (Paris) or Portugal (Lisbon). Feel free to contact him concerning any inquiries you may have.
Alain Naoum Antique African Art Gallery is located in Brussels, Belgium. We specialize in African art objects of the highest quality with a focus on objects from Central Africa and the Congo Kingdom. We are available to assist you with buying and selling or evaluating individual pieces of antique african art or entire collections. We can assist collectors of all levels from beginners starting a collection to seasoned collectors looking for rare and specific objects. We travel extensively around the US and Europe to acquire the only the best antique African art pieces available on the market. We also participate in international art fairs including Bruneaf and The San Francisco Tribal and Textile Art show.
Native auction house is located in the prestigious offices of the Galerie Lin and Emile Deletaille in Brussels. Nicolas Paszukiewicz and Sébastien Hauwaert have acquired experience working as Representative and Head of Tribal Art for a leading European auction house. Native is the first Belgian auction house specialized in Tribal Art. Built on the high standards of its collectors, the expertise of its dealers and the existence of its former colonies, Belgium, and particularly Brussels, have a long tradition in the market for African and Oceanic Art. Native follows in this tradition of quality and rigor. The next auction will take place on January 24th 2015 and will be comprised of objects gathered from various European collectors. Native organizes two auctions a year, each of them made up of about 80 pieces selected to bring out the originality and aesthetic qualities of each displayed object.