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Larrakitj : Aboriginal memorial poles by Wukun Wanambi

Expired: Larrakitj : Aboriginal memorial poles by Wukun Wanambi

British Museum
From Mar 12 2015 to May 25 2015

This contemporary art installation by Aboriginal Australian artist Wukun Wanambi addresses a series of important ideas about ancestral power, the significance of land and the search for meaning. Aboriginal Australian memorial poles – known as larrakitj – are hollow coffins created to hold the bones of the dead in secondary burial. Placed in groups on significant sites and painted with clan symbols, they are left to deteriorate with wind and weather. Contemporary artist Wukun Wanambi belongs to the Yolngu people of northern Arnhem Land and has worked innovatively with this longstanding art form for over a decade. Wukun’s work is an exploration into traditional forms with deep connections to clan, territory and ancestral stories. The display in Room 3 is a large sculptural work featuring three finished poles alongside three poles revealing the tree beneath. Starting from a raw, unpainted log, this visual progression unveils the sculptural elements beneath the painted clan designs, and references complex religious and philosophical ideas at the core of Wukun’s work. It is one part of the research project related to the BP exhibition Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation which saw a group of Indigenous artists invited to London in order to make artworks in response to objects in the Museum’s collection.

Keeping Secrets: The Fetish in African Art

Expired: Keeping Secrets: The Fetish in African Art

From Apr 24 2015 to May 30 2015

From April 24–May 30, the Rhona Hoffman Gallery, which usually shows modern and contemporary art, will host Keeping Secrets: The Fetish in African Art. This special exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Douglas Dawson Gallery, which has specialized in tribal art for more than thirty years. The show will examine the production of fetishes in traditional African societies. These are a corpus of works that is as diverse in its forms as it is in the contexts in which the objects were used. Despite their importance and the fundamental role they played in the preservation of harmony and cultural values in traditional African societies, these pieces have often been misunderstood and little appreciated in the West. It will feature a selection of about fifty pieces, mostly from Western and Central Africa, and includes wooden sculptures, ceramics, textiles, and iron objects.

RB Gallery - New gallery in Brussels

Expired: RB Gallery - New gallery in Brussels

From May 20 2015 to May 30 2015

NEW GALLERY Brussels—Since October, African art collectors in Brussels likely will have noticed that the Sablon district has become home to the new RB Gallery. The two-letter moniker represents the initials of its creator and director, Roger Bourahimou, who was born in Kisangani in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has been well known since the 1990s both for his knowledge of the art of his native land and for his ability to fi nd old pieces for French and Belgian collectors and dealers. He opened his fi rst gallery with his friend, Renaud Riley, in the Sablon area in 2007. Called 2R Ritual, they participated in several important fairs, including BRUNEAF and Parcours des Mondes. Their partnership ended in 2012, and Bourahimou worked from home for two years. The opening of this new gallery represents the beginning of a new phase for him, a serious undertaking supported by his experience and knowledge in the fi eld. We wish him great success.

The Cosmos - An Enduring Mystery

Expired: The Cosmos - An Enduring Mystery

Rietberg Museum
From Dec 12 2014 to May 31 2015

The great timekeepers of our earthly existence are the celestial bodies surrounding us, especially the moon and sun. Humans have been trying to explain them and decipher them for thousands of years. What is the universe, the ordering principle underlying the firmament? This exhibition explores the great enigma that is the universe. Alongside cosmologies and creation myths from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Polynesia, those of the western world from Egypt and Mesopotamia to the Germanic peoples and the biblical account in Genesis will also be presented, as will the history of European scientific inquiry. Based on the exhibition idea by Martin Brauen and his exhibition "Visions of the Cosmos", which was shown at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York in 2009.

Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa

Expired: Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa

Cleveland Museum of Art
From Feb 22 2015 to May 31 2015

Through a stunning selection of objects in diverse styles and mediums, the exhibition introduces visitors to the poro and sandogo societies, the primary settings for the production and use of works of art in the Senufo-speaking region of northern Côte d’Ivoire. However, drawing on recent research in Mali and Burkina Faso, the exhibition also includes sculptures not usually attributed to Senufo-speaking artists or patrons, thus shattering the boundaries of the corpus typically identified as Senufo. Featuring nearly 160 loans from museums and private collections in Europe, Canada, and the United States, Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa examines the shifting meanings of the term Senufo since the late nineteenth century and investigates assumptions underlying the labeling of art as Senufo. Revealing the shortcomings of labels tied to limited cultural or ethnic groups, the exhibition encourages a closer look at individual objects and their particular histories. Organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa will subsequently also travel to the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, France.

Auction: Mark Lissauer Collection

Expired: Auction: Mark Lissauer Collection

From May 23 2015 to May 31 2015 At Leonard Joel - Viewing Saturday 23 May 10am-5pm ; Sunday 24 May 10am-5pm ; Wednesday 27 May 9am-8pm ; Thursday 28 May 10am-4pm ; Friday 29 May 10am-4pm. Held Date: 31 May 2015 11:00. Location: South Yarra (Melbourne)

New installation for its collection of the traditional arts of the Americas

Expired: New installation for its collection of the traditional arts of the Americas

Princeton University Art Museum
From Feb 03 2015 to Jun 03 2015

On February 3, 2015, the Princeton University Art Museum unveiled a new installation for its collection of the traditional arts of the Americas. The dramatic new gallery showcases the range of artistic production from the ancient American past as well as Native American arts from more recent times. Geographically, the collection ranges from the Diaquita culture of Chile to the Inuit peoples of Alaska. The majority of the material in the new installation is Pre-Columbian, and within this collection the chronological and spatial ranges are marked by hallmark examples from major ancient American cultures, including a number of well-known masterpieces of Mesoamerican art, particularly from the Olmec and Maya peoples.

(Re)Discovering the “New World”: Maps & Sea Charts from the Age of Exploration

Expired: (Re)Discovering the “New World”: Maps & Sea Charts from the Age of Exploration

Bruce Museum
From Feb 07 2015 to Jun 03 2015

Featuring more than thirty Europeanmade maps and sea charts inspired by New World exploration and published between 1511 and 1757, a new exhibition at the Bruce Museum presents a fascinating study in geographic and human progress, as well as a rare feast for the eyes. The works are drawn from the collection of Jack A. Somer, who observes that “these ancient maps represent Renaissance-period attempts by European ateliers to edify their clientele by revealing our ‘new’ hemisphere and its approaches, as discoveries and claims came ashore from those daring enough to pack their sea bags and head for the unknown.” Works of art as well as documents of unknown worlds, these maps were produced through woodcut or metal-plate engraving, and most are individualized with hand-applied color.

Signs and Colors of Africa

Expired: Signs and Colors of Africa

From May 13 2015 to Jun 13 2015

Rome—Arte Africana Dandrieu- Giovagnoni’s new exhibition, Tra segni e colori d’Africa (Signs and Colors of Africa), focuses on the language of symbolism embodied in the carved elements and pigments that adorn the surfaces of the traditional creations of African cultures. Whether incised or in relief, decorative geometric adornment and scarifi cation patterns take on additional expressive power through coloration. This may be black and white, as in the case of the Kifwebe masks of the Democratic Republic of Congo (to note just one example), or brightly colored. Either way, to those who behold them, they serve as indicators of the entity that is represented, be it a person, a spirit, or a mythical being. It will be on view in Rome until June 13.


Expired: 3 Fairs: BRUNEAF - BAAF - AAB

From Jun 10 2015 to Jun 14 2015

Du 10 au 14 juin, le quartier du Grand Sablon, à Bruxelles, vibrera au rythme des trois foires : BRUNEAF, qui fête sa 25e édition (art africain, océanien et indonésien) BAAF (Brussels Ancient Art Fair), 13e édition (archéologie : Egypte, Grèce, Rome, Proche-Orient, Europe) AAB (Asian Art in Brussels), 3e édition (art asiatique : Chine, Japon, Inde, Himalaya, Asie du Sud et du Sud-est). Trois salons spécialisés partageant une même exigence quant à la qualité et l’authenticité des pièces exposées. Une centaine d’antiquaires internationaux, parmi les plus importants dans leur spécialité, se retrouvent ainsi à Bruxelles qui devient la destination et le rendez-vous incontournable pour tous les passionnés d’art, les conservateurs de musées et les collectionneurs du monde entier.