Galerie Lucas Ratton is showing a trans-cultural thematic exhibition on animals this year. While it focuses mainly on Africa, it will also include a selection of Asian, Oceanic and Amerindian pieces. Magical and prestige objects which embody the mythical and protective roles of animals will be seen alongside a group Tyiwara in various styles, and anthropo-zoomorphic masks by the hands of masters. / Lucas Ratton perpetuates a family tradition of gallery owners with a specialty in African art, a tradition of taste for objects, in which the gallery owner’s point of view plays a preponderant role. The objects selected for presentation must meet very exacting criteria.
Expired: Dance of the Ancestors Art from the Sepik of Papua New Guinea
To see in Berlin and in Zurich. The Sepik Riverbanks, in New Guinea, are populated by small cultural groups who, for the most part, live with little or no contact with one another. The heterogeneity of these groups is apparent when one considers their languages: Along the middle and lower courses of the river alone, at least ninety different tongues are spoken. Dance of the Ancestors: Art from the Sepik of Papua New Guinea, the Musée du Quai Branly’s exhibition, produced in association with the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin and the Rietberg Museum in Zurich, focuses on this region. Just as the languages do, the objects from this region reflect the diversity of local identities. Philippe Peltier of the Musée du Quai Branly and Markus Schindlbeck of the Berlin Ethnologisches Museum, the exhibition’s curators, have assembled 220 objects, all from European museums and for the most part collected prior to World War I, with the intention of making the show more than just an art exhibition, but a tribute to the wealth and diversity of these cultures, as well as a key for understanding their lifestyles and their complex social organization.
Expired: American Dream – Ancient Arts of North America
“We are part fire, and part dream.” - Fire Dog, Cheyenne Indian From the glacial lands of the Arctic to the shores of the Rio Grande by way of the Great Plains, the vastness of North America is the cradle of cultures imbued with power and spirituality. This exhibition presents fifty works which are representative of the traditional Amerindian and Eskimo arts, and most notably includes a Sioux warrior’s headdress, ancient Hopi Kachinas, Northwest Coast Indian transformation masks, and shamanic works from Alaska. An eponymous catalog accompanies the exhibition. Exhibits and resides 8, rue des Beaux-Arts. www.parcoursdesmondes.com
Expired: Gold of the Ancient Americas
Gold of the Ancient Americas showcases more than 50 artifacts, including cast animal pendants, a hammered gold disc, beaded necklaces and nose ornaments made by the indigenous peoples of the ancient Americas from Peru to Panama. The exhibition explores the Walters’ collection of gold ornaments crafted in Central and South America between AD 500 and 1500, alongside gifts to the collection from several generous donors. A mix of art and science, the exhibition tells the story of ancient societies through their use of gold as a symbol of power, wealth, and privilege, and highlights the making of gold objects by ancient American goldsmiths before the Spanish conquest.
Expired: Tatoueurs tatoués
New exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly on view as from May 6th. "Tattooists, tattooed" returns to the sources of tattooing and presents the renewed of this phenomenon in its now permanent and globalised manifestation. In so-called "primitive" societies from the Oriental, African and Oceanian worlds, tattooing has a social, religious and mystical role and accompanies the subject in their rites of passage, including them in the community. Conversely, in the West, they have been seen as a mark of infamy, criminality, a circus attraction (with the phenomenon of side shows) and as a mark of identity for urban tribes.
Expired: Frieze Masters 2015
For its fourth anniversary, this dynamic and increasingly popular show will be host to more than 130 galleries, all outstanding in their fields, featuring archaeological objects, mediaeval art, Asian art, tribal art, photography, and modern painting, all of a level of quality aimed at satisfying the most discriminating collectors. Among the participants are Entwistle Gallery (London and Paris) and Galerie Meyer Oceanic and Eskimo Art (Paris). The latter will be celebrating its thirty-fifth year in business with an exhibition primarily devoted to Polynesian weapons and the arts of New Guinea. Donald Ellis (New York) will also be present with a show of Eskimo art. Didier Claes (Brussels), showing at Frieze Masters for the first time, will certainly stand out with a booth designed by René Bouchara, in which he will present a limited number of important works. Bernard Dulon (Paris) has also announced that he will participate in the fair with an exhibition devoted to the art of the masters of Southern Gabon, as has Bernard de Grunne, who will present a group of Dayak hampatong figures in “Collections,” a new section of the show in which curator Norman Rosenthal has selected eight participants whose displays offer a synthesis of art forms that have developed over the course of several millennia.
Expired: The Aztec, People of the Sun
Developed in collaboration with the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology and History is presenting the story of one of Central America’s most fascinating civilizations with Les Aztèques, peuple du soleil (The Aztec, People of the Sun). The exhibition is comprehensive in its approach and explores subjects such as everyday life, agriculture, war, architecture, religion, human sacrifice, the worship of the gods and the sun, the calendar, and the well-known codices. Through a selection of 275 objects on loan from Mexican museums, the show’s overview of Aztec culture showcases some of the major artworks that comprise its patrimony. Prominent among these are two monumental terracotta sculptures from the Templo Mayor; a well-known vase that represents the rain god Tláloc; a rare wooden mask inlaid with turquoise, shell, and mother-of-pearl; and many other not-to-be-missed masterpieces.
Expired: White Man/Black Man
Fascination, repulsion, desire, and even mockery have long characterized the ways in which Africans and Westerners have perceived one another. The second exhibition devoted to African art at the Pierre Arnaud Foundation, Homme Blanc/Homme Noir, Impressions d’Afrique (White Man/Black Man, Impressions of Africa), on view until October 25, 2015, examines several centuries of exchange and misunderstanding through a selection of works created between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries by both African and European artists. The visions of Westerners such as Géricault, Vallotton, and even Man Ray are juxtaposed with those of anonymous Igbo, Baule, or Kongo sculptors. The works displayed are from public collections (the Musée du Louvre and the Musée Royal d’Afrique Central in Tervuren), as well as from private ones, most notably that of Alain Weill,.
Expired: Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama
Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama, at the Penn Museum until November 1, 2015, explores the history of, archaeological evidence about, and new research perspectives on the Coclé people who lived from about 700 to 900 CE. Video footage from the original Sitio Conte excavation and more than 200 objects from the famous excavation provide an immersive experience in this installation. One massive burial, dubbed “Burial 11” by the excavators, yielded the most extraordinary materials from the excavation. Believed to be that of a paramount chief, it contained twenty-three individuals in three distinct layers, accompanied by a vast array of grave objects. A to-scale installation of the burial serves as the exhibition’s centerpiece and features many artifacts displayed in the actual positions in which they were found, as well as digital interactive stations that allow for further exploration.
Expired: Diverging Streams: Eastern Nigerian Art
A new gallery for thematic exhibitions of African art debuts with the reopening of the collection galleries. Diverging Streams: Eastern Nigerian Art features nearly 20 headdresses, masks, and costumes from the eastern Nigerian region of Africa, demonstrating the exchange between the Igbo, Jukun, Igala, Ogoni, Boki, Idoma, Ibibio, and Ejagham artists who lived between the Benue and Cross rivers. https://artbma.org