Expired: Master Sculptors of Côte d’Ivoire
Les Maîtres de la sculpture de Côte d’Ivoire (Master Sculptors of Côte d’Ivoire) exhibition, on view April 14–July 26, 2015 was previously shown at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich and has been extensively covered in the pages of this magazine (issue T71). It takes a purely aesthetic approach to Côte d’Ivoire’s major schools of sculpture and to their most important artists. Featuring nearly 200 works ranging from old to contemporary and representing the country’s main ethnic groups (Senufo, Lobi, Guro, Baule, etc.), the exhibition focuses on the “hands” that, both traditionally and through innovation, have forged the reputation of Ivorian art.
Expired: Selection of sixteen objects
From June 27 through July 27, Montreal’s Galerie Jacques Germain will be showing a preview of a selection of sixteen objects that will appear in the pages of the seventh catalog which this eminent Canadian African art dealer will publish. The book will be released at the opening of the Parcours des Mondes art show in Paris in September, where the rest of the fi fty works that will appear in it will be exhibited and offered for sale. While unknown as we go to press, these objects promise to be varied in their styles and forms and will certainly not disappoint the expectations of a sophisticated and diverse international clientele. Germain, who travels frequently, plans to remain in Montreal for the duration of this preview show so he can be available to anyone who visits the show.
Expired: Art Gèlèdè, miroir d'une société, collection Jean-Yves Augel
The Musée Africain of Lyon présents a exhibition dévote to Gèlèdè Art. The Gèlèdè mass are the most important ones of the Yoruba-Nagos culture, mainly located in Est Benin, South-West Nigeria and Est-Togo. The Gèlèdè tradition was born in the late XVIII century in Benin and still be very active today among the Yoruba, the Nago and the Fon. The exhibition features 30 masks and objets of the Jean-Yves Augel collection.
Expired: Axes and Adzes
Paris—From June 20 through July 31, Galerie Ratton will focus on two types of objects: axes and adzes. These object types are rarely featured in galleries, even though they exemplify the talent and skill of both blacksmiths and sculptors and can have formal qualities, fi nesse, and elegance that can rival great statuary. Axes and adzes are most typically the tools of artists and other woodworkers, but in Africa, when they are especially elaborately crafted, they can be elements of chiefl y regalia. In such examples, their decorative qualities provided a visual power that enhanced the prestige of dignitaries, who carried them over their shoulders as symbols of status. In addition to the African examples, the exhibition will also include ones from Oceania, where adzes were also frequently used in ceremonial and prestige contexts and even as currency.
Expired: Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation
Opening April 23 and on view until August 2, 2015, the British museum will be holding a major exhibition on Australian Aboriginal art, the first of its kind ever to be held in England. The colonization of Australia is closely associated with England, of course, since it played a key role in the Western discovery and exploration of the “island continent” and, tragically, also in the decimation of its Native cultures. Titled Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilization, this will be a rare opportunity to see the museum’s remarkable collection of Australian art, the oldest pieces of which were brought to England as early as the 1770s. The exhibition will also feature works lent by a variety of other prestigious institutions such as the British Library, the Pitt-Rivers Museum, and the Cambridge Museum.
Expired: Sculpted Sound - Stringed Instruments From India
Well-known German advertising illustrator and artist Bengt Fosshag became interested in exotic stringed instruments in the 1960s and in the years since has put together one of the most important collections of them in Europe. Ninety-two instruments from that collection, almost all Indian or Nepalese, have recently been acquired by the Museum Rietberg in Zurich, and these are currently the subject of an interesting exhibition there, À cordes et à corps—Instruments de Musique de l’Inde (Sculpted Sound: Stringed Instruments from India), which will be on view there until April 19, 2015.
Expired: Shifting Values of Plaited Power
Weaving traditions used to make mats throughout the Pacific—makaloa from Hawai’i, i’e toga from Samoa, sese from Vanuatu, kabae (male dance mat) from Kiribati, jaki-ed from the Marshall Islands, as well as examples from the rainforests of Borneo, Philippines, and the Solomon Islands—are being highlighted in Shifting Values of Plaited Power, on view at the Honolulu Museum of Art through August 9, 2015. Drawn from the museum’s collection, the mats in the show highlight the region’s skilled weaving traditions. They are often ornamented with patterned, abstract designs or adorned with added fringe, feathers, or bits of yarn, each distinctive ethnic and regional identifiers. Respected and coveted as heirloom items, the common denominator between these weavings from far-flung islands is hand plaiting, done without a loom and originally made only of natural fibers such as pandanus (pandanus tectorius), rattan (calameae), and other sedge grasses.
Expired: Royals & Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs
Royals and Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs at the Newark Museum presents forty visually stunning portraits from a new series by acclaimed Nigerian photographer George Osodi. Exhibited for the first time in the U.S., these vibrant color photographs feature the regional rulers of modern-day monarchies throughout the country. They provide audiences with a rare and intimate look inside Nigeria’s palaces and throne rooms, capturing the personalities of the rulers, the splendor of their dress, and the details of their settings. On view until August 9, 2015, these near life-size photographs are shown to dramatic effect along with select examples of prestige dress and regalia from the museum’s renowned collection. This exhibition kicks off a two-year celebration of the museum’s collecting of African art. A major reinstallation is targeted for completion in 2017, the centennial year of the museum’s African art collection.
Expired: Shifting patterns: Pacific barkcloth clothing
"Shifting patterns: Pacific barkcloth clothing" will be on view at the British Museum until August 16, 2015. Given the almost nine hundred examples it has in its collection, most of which are very old, the museum had the wherewithal to be selective for this project. Shifting Patterns: Pacific Barkcloth Clothing features seventy-seven examples of clothing, headgear, masks, and ornaments from New Guinea to Easter Island, by way of Hawaii and New Zealand. The show’s curators place emphasis on the objects’ traditional social and cultural contexts but also examine how more recent developments associated with colonization have altered their forms and uses.
Expired: Music: Celebration and healing
The British Museum is offering its visitors the opportunity to learn about an extraordinary musical instrument, a nineteenth-century North Sudanese lyre, know as a kissar. On display through August 16 in Room 3, this instrument was a major component of a musical ensemble that played on important occasions and thus was a vital part of the rich Nubian culture that spread across parts of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt. Its melodies were intended to induce a trance state that allowed possession by zär spirits. Today such instruments still play a central part in ceremonies, which are now held in secret, since they have been outlawed in many places.