Expired: The Song of a Bird
A selection of rigorously chosen works of African and Oceanic art are assembled for an exhibition entitled The Song of a Bird. The title, which cites Picasso, illustrates that even when information on the ritual context in which an artist worked is lost, the inexplicable beauty of his creation intrinsically makes it a work of art, much like the song of a bird. An eponymous catalog accompanies the exhibition. Exhibiting at Galerie GNG, 3, rue Visconti. www.parcoursdesmondes.com
Expired: Trajectoires VII – Franck LUNDANGI
Established in January 2007, the gallery exhibits contemporary artists, photographers and sculptors, who are primarily authors and creators worldwide. The gallery commits to represent and support French and foreign artists, young and recognized, defining its exhibitions space as a place for discovery and international exchanges between artists, writers and collectors. Highlighting various mediums, styles and approaches, the gallery tries to pass over this vision throughout each exhibitions. Literary, mystical and timeless, the presented works establish a special presence in the world and arises intellectual and aesthetic questions.
Expired: West Africa
Since 1977, Chantal Dandrieu and Fabrizio Giovagnoni have organized thematic exhibitions at their gallery in Rome, and in collaboration with many public institutions. They show regularly at the Parcours des Mondes in Paris, and publish a catalog every year in conjunction with the shows they produce there. In 2009, they published a book entitled Passion d’Afrique, l’art africain dans les collections italiennes with Egidio Cossa and Jean-Louis Paudrat.
Expired: … Of Dance and of War…
The exhibition features about fifty Melanesian spears from New Caledonia, the Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea and Vanuatu, all used ritually by valiant warriors or acrobatic dancers. The men who brandished these spears did so proudly, and the power that inhabited the objects made those who carried them invincible. An eponymous catalog accompanies the exhibition. Exhibiting at Galerie Michel Giraud, 33-37, rue de Seine.
Expired: Leiris & co.
Known mostly for his poetry and his circle of prestigious friends, Michel Leiris, a major twentieth century intellectual, is also the author of seminal works on African art, including Afrique Noire, la Création Plastique. A new exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz titled Leiris & Co. Picasso, Masson, Miró, Giacometti, Lam, Bacon ... offers an opportunity to see a group of African and Caribbean artworks, a rich corpus of original documents and archives on the subject, and some 350 masterpieces by the artists the poet was close to, whose names are mentioned in the show’s title. Bringing together elements of ethnography, art, and literature, this exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, was produced in partnership with the Musée du Quai Branly and the Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet. It is the fi rst major show dedicated to this fascinating individual.
Expired: Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art
A landmark exhibition now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art reunites what are among the earliest wood sculptures preserved from sub-Saharan Africa. The creations of master carvers active on the frontier of Nigeria and Cameroon some three hundred years ago, these imposing representations depict men and women engaged in roles of universally recognizable resonance. Poised to defend, fortify, and sustain their communities, their subjects are formidable warriors and nurturing mothers. On view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until September 2015.
Expired: Fowler in Focus: The Art of Hair in Africa
This exhibition presents an array of finely sculpted combs and hairpins from Africa and its diasporas, along with the film Me Broni Ba/My White Baby by Ghanaian-American filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu. It explores the notions of ideal beauty and social status associated with hair among many African cultures. The juxtaposition of traditional hairpins and combs made from rare materials with an avant-garde contemporary film raises questions about constructions of identity in Africa from the colonial period to today.
Expired: Devils and Gods
Les diables et les dieux (The Devils and the Gods), on view at Château de Tanlay until September 20, creates a dialog between contemporary art and traditional works from non-Western cultures. Its approach is simple but sincere, and it uses curiosity as an engine to explore works that share a “savage” inspiration. Without the imposition of any cultural hierarchy, the works of Bengt Lindström, Barthélémy Toguo, Coco Fronsac, and Cyprien Tokoudagba are confronted with some fifty pieces from traditional cultures of Africa, Oceania, and the Himalayas to form a lively aesthetic conversation that is lighter in tone than the exhibition’s title might suggest.
Expired: L'Inca et le conquistador
L’Inca et le conquistador (The Inca and the Conquistador), a new exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly, uses artistic creations by the Inca and by the Spanish to tell both sides of the story of the conquest of Peru and to illustrate the confrontations that resulted from contact between two radically different worlds. Conceived by curator Paz Núnez-Regueiro, the exhibition focuses on two protagonists, the Inca sovereign Atahualpa and the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, whose interactions provoked a profound political, economic, cultural, and religious revolution in both of their empires. The paintings, weapons, textiles, gold objects, ceramics, maps, and engravings, mostly from the museum’s own collection, together tell this epic story and shed light on this mutual encounter with the “other.”
Expired: New Worlds
Located on the French coast just south of Calais, Boulogne-sur-Mer has traditionally been a town of seafarers and adventurers, and its fine museum collection has been enriched over time by the donations that many of these colorful figures have made to it. Nouveaux Mondes (New Worlds), on view until September 21, honors these donors, who, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, traveled the world’s seas in search of unknown lands and peoples. The exhibition focuses on the voyages themselves (the risks involved in these expeditions, the ships, and life on board them), as well as on the influences and cultural pressures associated with them (evangelization, the evolution of beliefs, and the transformation of styles), and it decrypts the notion of the “savage,” which these travelers brought home to Europe with them and related to their countrymen. With more than 130 objects including drawings, travel journals, paintings, maps, and traditional indigenous sculptures, drawn from Boulogne-sur-Mer collections, as well as from those of many other French museums, the exhibition provides an opportunity to consider the legacy of these expeditions, which helped build Western understanding of the world and the peoples in it.