Expired: Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time
Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time, at the Neuberger Museum of Art from March 1–June 28, 2015, is the first exhibition to bring together works from two of the earliest collections of Kuba textiles: the Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgium, founded by Leopold II in 1897; and the Sheppard Collection at Hampton University in Virginia, gathered between 1890 and 1910 by the American Presbyterian Congo missionary William Henry Sheppard, who in 1892 was the first Westerner to be received by a Kuba king. Additional important loans to the exhibition come from the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and three private collections. In total, the exhibition features eightytwo Kuba artworks (forty-one textiles and forty-one objects), most being publicly exhibited for the first time.
Expired: Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair
Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair is the UK’s largest and most established art and antiques fair, taking place annually in June at London’s iconic Kensington Olympia Exhibition Centre. Celebrating its 43rd year in 2015, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair is recognised as one of the most prestigious and established fairs in the UK, and an annual destination for over 30,000 discerning and sophisticated international visitors. 160 of the world’s finest specialist dealers are showcased here, presenting a wider choice of high quality, vetted art and antiques than any other fair in the capital. Featuring an eclectic mix of pieces drawn from antiquity to the present day, and with prices ranging from £100 to £1 million, Olympia is renowned as an unmissable event for private collectors, art industry professionals, dealers, property owners and interior decorators. Offering a unique and luxurious cultural experience against the elegant backdrop of Olympia National Hall, the fair includes a glamorous Preview Day, late-night openings, Champagne Bar, a stimulating events programme and a VIP charity night, and is firmly established as a prestigious highlight of London’s summer calendar.
Expired: Galerie Mestdagh at Masterpiece London 2015
For the third time, Galerie Mestdagh will be participating in Masterpiece London 2015, which will be held at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea from June 25 through July 1. In keeping with their taste for objects that combine formal qualities of elegance and simplicity, Ondine and Patrick Mestdagh will show a selection of African, Oceanic, and Asian works, including a South African zebra-hide shield, a Japanese red-and-green lacquer dish, and a shaman’s drum from Mongolia. Be sure to visit booth A47.
Expired: Divine Yoruba
Paris—Galerie Bovis, where the staging of several thematic exhibitions each year deserves ongoing recognition, has announced a new show titled Divin Yoruba (Divine Yoruba), on view through July 4. Divin in French can mean both “divine” and “diviner,” and the exhibition will feature a group of important Yoruba works from Nigeria that relate to the sacred, refl ecting the show’s title. The diversity of the objects that are being presented—bowls, twin fi gures, scepters, etc., made of equally diverse materials such as bronze, wood, and ivory—refl ects the complexity of Yoruba beliefs and cults, each of which requires distinctive paraphernalia. The exhibition is to be a rare opportunity to explore a fascinating universe of the divine and to discover the unique qualities of the artworks rooted within it.
Expired: Joaquin Pecci - Arts Anciens du Congo
A l'occasion de ce Bruneaf 2015 édition de Juin, la galerie Joaquin Pecci, propose une exposition entièrement dédiée aux arts anciens du Congo. Pas moins de 40 pièces, ensemble de sculptures et masques provenant d’anciennes collections privées prestigieuses rendront hommage au savoir d’initiés et à l’art de ces sculpteurs qui nous ont transmis et permis de donner à reconnaître et apprécier la diversité de pièces de grandes qualités esthétiques, témoins de l’indicible et qui nous rappellent que la vie est marquée d’étapes , expérience initiatique, qui conduisent vers l’âge adulte, la sagesse et l’inéluctable mort.
Expired: Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture
Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture features 120 figural sculptures representing approximately 110 cultural groups from the collection of Richard H. Scheller installed in a single gallery. The collection is composed of classic and iconic sculptures as well as more unusual examples that challenge commonly held assumptions about African art. These artworks span several centuries and encompass a broad range of styles, from realism to abstraction. In their original contexts, these objects represented ancestors, expressed community values, and served religious and ceremonial purposes. As works of art that were removed from their originating communities and entered the art market, the sculptures in this exhibition express value systems and cultural relationships both inside and outside Africa. Approximately 110 cultural groups are represented by sculptures spanning several centuries and encompassing a broad range of styles, from realism to abstraction. In their original contexts, these objects represented ancestors, expressed community values, and served religious and ceremonial purposes. On view as from January 31st until July 5th 2015.
Expired: L'art de manger
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.
Expired: Dans la chambre des merveilles
This exhibition takes us into the world of the ‘cabinet of curisoities’, exploring exactly what it means to be a collector. In this context, the cabinet de curiosities be - comes a kind of manifesto of the Musée des Confluences’ defining characteristics, as a place where the bounda - ries between different fields of knowledge disappear, a place where one comes to learn but also to question and marvel. In this ‘chamber of marvels’, 21st-century visitors can steep themselves in the atmosphere and spirit of a time when men roamed the world to collect and share their thirst for knowledge with their contemporaries. This exhibition will therefore not be a recreation of an 18th-century cabinet of curiosities but a contemporary reinterpretation, an invitation to dream as one discovers a selection of the museum’s treasures.
Expired: Les trésors d’Emile Guimet
A tribute by the Musée des Confluences to its founder, Émile Guimet, focussing on his trip to Japan, the crucial experience in his conception of the museum of religions that he founded in Lyon in 1879 then in Paris. Émile Guimet was born in 1836 and died at Fleurieu-sur- Saône in 1918. It was this illustrious and extraordinary man who created his homonymous museums in Lyon and Paris whilst furthering his family’s business interests. Groundbreaking in his social and museological vision, Émile Guimet is still just as topical a century later. To paint a portrait of Émile Guimet, the Musée des Confluences has decided to bring together a selec - tion of items formerly collected by him but dispersed throughout the 20th century. Most of the prestigious pieces on display in this ex - hibition come from the collection of the Musée des Confluences. Others will come from the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (where the Lyon Musée Guimet’s Egyptian collection was transferred in 1969), the Musée Guimet in Paris (principally Asian art) and the Musée du Louvre. This tribute to Émile Guimet is only fi^ing since the Musée des Confluences can be said to be one of his heirs and has the ambition to pursue his daring museological vision.
Expired: Curtis Reframed: The Arizona Portfolios
William “Bill” Shepherd is a Santa Fe-based artist whose work has been widely shown throughout the United States. The Native American art, Wild West artifact, and Western kitsch themes of his paintings are based on objects in his extensive and remarkable personal collection, rendering his collecting a key part of his art-making process. A number of Shepherd’s original canvases are currently being featured in a show at the Tucson Art Museum, Common Elegance: The Still Life Paintings of William Shepherd, which can be seen there until January 12, 2014.