Expired: Himalaya Tribal
Despite its rugged terrain, the Himalaya chain, which spreads over five countries (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet), is home to sixty-five million people. While the range’s massive size (more than 2,500 kilometers long) has been instrumental in preventing China and India from directly influencing one another, the “Roof of the World” is a place where internal interactions have developed and where both unique and hybrid cultures have sprung up because of migrations and the adaptation of regional traditions to local ecosystems. The little-known art of the Himalayan peoples reflects the diversity of the area particularly well. Himalaya Tribal, the Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Asie de Vichy’s new exhibition, is a fine introduction to the creations of these peoples and features magnificent objects that tell the stories of origin myths, seasonal festivities, and funerary and magical rites. Highlights of the exhibition include a magnificent Bhairava mask from the Kathmandu Valley, a striking Magar shaman’s suit of armor, a protective figure from the Terai Valley, and a smiling Tibetan citipati mask.
Expired: Wunderrūma: New Zealand Jewellery
Wunderrūma binds the German word wunder (wonder) with the Māori word rūma (room). The title evokes 'Wunderkammer', or a cabinet of curiosities - massed collections of objects including artworks, cultural artefacts, natural history samples and more. Combining work created by contemporary New Zealand artists, Māori taonga (treasures), and Pacific and historical European jewellery, Wunderrūma: New Zealand Jewellery encapsulates the treasures that leading jewellers, and the exhibition's curators, Warwick Freeman and Karl Fritsch found in their exploration of adornment in Aotearoa New Zealand. The exhibition resulting from their investigation - eclectic wonder rooms of carefully selected things - has contemporary jewellery as its core and includes historical, customary, fine art and industrial items of influence.
Expired: Interwoven: Native California Basketry Arts from the Missions Forward
Drawn primarily from mission collections, Interwoven presents over 50 baskets created by Native American Californians, including the world-renowned Chumash and Pomo weavers. With a focus on baskets made during the Mission era (1769-1830s) to the early 20th century, Interwoven includes functional baskets such as parching trays and cradleboards as well as baskets made exclusively for trade with Europeans, all demonstrating exemplary basketry arts. This remarkable collection represents numerous tribal traditions and reveals the complex artistic sensibilities, inventiveness and ingenuity of Native weavers working with natural materials. Baskets tell a remarkable story of cultural continuity and survival despite conquest, environmental interruptions, suppressive policies and huge population loss. The weavers’ knowledge of the environment and their exemplary artistry have been passed from generation to generation despite these historic and cultural intrusions.
Expired: Art Berbère, regards sur une collection
From the 18th of September until the 1st of November, Espace 251 Nord features "Art Berbère, regards sur une collection". A unique opportunity to discover the rich Amazigh (Berber) patrimony, through the exceptional Lucien Viola collection of antique weavings and clothing for ceremonial and daily use. Europe, architectural elements and exceptional berbers ceilings from the 20th century will be featured as well, for the first time in Europe. This exhibition allows the discovery of some of the myths that surrounds and explain these masterpieces, and retrace the exact origin of each weaving.
Expired: Tribal Art Fair 2015
The thirteenth annual Amsterdam Tribal Art Fair will be held from October 30–November 1 in the De Duif church, a mid-nineteenth century Catholic edifi ce that is now used to host a variety of events. Twenty galleries, both Dutch and from abroad, will be on hand to present a large selection of masks, fi gures, ornaments, textiles, and utilitarian objects from Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas. The Arts of Indonesia and New Guinea historically have been especially well represented in this show, making it a point of honor for dealers to bring increasingly better pieces. The show is always an interesting event both for experienced collectors as well as for those who are just beginning to explore this vast and fascinating field.
On November 6, 2015, Heritage will hold a sale featuring American Indian, Pre-Columbian, and tribal art. The Pre-Columbian element of the sale is strong in Central and South American goldwork and other jewelry, and Native American beadwork, pipes, and jewelry will also be offered. The centerpiece of the sale will be the Howard and Catherine Feldman Collection, which features more than 350 masks, largely from Mexico and the Himalayas, as well as a substantial number of Congo maskettes. Rarely have so many examples from these three regions been offered for public sale at once. Also featured will be shields and a variety of wood sculptures from various cultures.
Expired: Skinner Inc. Auction : William Trotter
On November 7, Skinner Inc. will hold an eclectic auction of American Indian and ethnographic art including objects collected by ship Captain William Trotter during his voyages in the Pacifi c and Atlantic oceans between 1781 and 1796. Included will be a rare eight-foot-long Tongan spear club presented to Trotter by a Tongan king during a reprovisioning s topover in 1796 (est. $15,000–$20,000) and an Aleutian Island straw purse, made of American dune grass or beach wild rye grass, natural and red-dyed sea mammal gut, blue-dyed wool or mammal hair, with nativetanned rawhide closure, produced by a culture known for its exceptionally fi ne twining. The purse is dated to 1792 and estimated at $6,000–$8,000. Trotter’s ship logs from these voyages were recently sold by Skinner for $22,140.
On November 9, Artcurial will hold a sale dedicated to Africanist painters from a Parisian private collection. Among its many offerings will be eleven paintings by the French artist Jacques Majorelle. A preview of the sale will be held in September.
Expired: Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko
A place of extraordinary cultural vitality, the creative spirit of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be honored in the exhibition Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko presented at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain with André Magnin, Chief Curator. Taking as its point of departure the birth of modern painting in the Congo in the 1920s, this ambitious exhibition will trace almost a century of the country’s artistic production. While specifically focusing on painting, it will also include music, sculpture, photography, and comics, providing the public with the unique opportunity to discover the diverse and vibrant art scene of the region.
Expired: New Arts of the Pacific Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Nearly eighty artworks spanning the myriad cultures inhabiting the vast reaches of the Pacific Ocean were recently brought to light again with the unveiling in November of the new Arts of the Pacific Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This diverse display, which includes a number of recent acquisitions, represents four main cultural spheres: Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and the islands of Southeast Asia (including Indonesia and the Philippines). The installation explores the ideas and aesthetic traditions both that are held in common by and that differentiate the many cultures of the region. Set at the nexus of the museum’s South, Southeast, and East Asian galleries, the space reinforces the Pacific’s role as a crossroads of cultures. Rather than a chronological or geographic arrangement, the gallery is grouped thematically, highlighting conceptual and stylistic connections between islands that have been linked through centuries of migration, trade, and religious evolution. The artworks range from masks and figurative sculpture to architectural elements and objects of daily use. Many of them entered the collection through generous gifts from the collections of William E. and Bertha L. Teel and Governor Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner.