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.
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.