Expired: Esthétiques de l'Amour: Far-eastern Siberia
Among the spectacular items in the Asian collections of the musée du quai Branly, the ancient objects collected in the far east of Siberia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are of particular interest, representing the interaction between the world of men, untamed nature and the world of the spirits. Protective robes in fish skin with ritual accessories decorated with symbolic volutes and spirals and everyday objects combining refined yet natural materials and decoration: eclectic and little known objects from the Amur river basin blend aesthetic elegance and ethnographic interest. These are today among the treasures of the musée du quai Branly's collection. The exhibition will present the decorative art of the peoples of the Amur river basin; an art which embodies meaning and reveals the specific ontological construction of these peoples in their relationship with the visible and invisible world.
Expired: Native: Tribal and Modern Art Auction on January 23
The auction house called Native is returning with renewed strength after being absent for the last year. It will be showing at its new location at 5 rue de Ruysbroeck on the Place de la Justice, where it is planning to hold two sales a year. It has also announced the launch of an online bidding platform, which should be operational in the fi rst week of December. Its winter sale will take place on January 23, 2016, and collectors will be offered about 100 lots, which will include a group of Côte d’Ivoire works from several French collections. One of the sale’s highlights will be a Songye sculpture from the Democratic Republic of Congo, collected in 1946 by a Belgian colonial administrator and owned by his family ever since.
Expired: Winter Bruneaf 2016
From January 20–24, the Sablon neighborhood will host the annual Winter BRUNEAF, a more intimate version of the well-known multiple-venue Brussels summer event. An annual event since January of 2011, it is also the fi rst show of its kind in the calendar year. More than thirty exhibitors from a variety of countries will be on hand to offer a wide variety of arts and antiquities to collectors and afi cionados. Once again this year, the arts of Africa will be the best represented, thanks to the continuing fascination with the art of the African continent held by many members of Belgian society engendered by that country’s colonial past. The arts of Oceania and Asia will also be prominent, making the fair appealing to anyone interested in tribal art.
Expired: African and Oceanic Art Sale
Today at 2PM, important African and Oceanic Art Auction at 2PM. It will take place in their beautiful house, close by the Sablon: 6, rue du Grand Cerf. Discover their online catalogue on the following website: www.lempertz.com
Expired: Escriptures. Símbols, paraules, poders
Three months after opening its doors to the public, The Museu de Cultures del Món is inaugurating the first of an ambitious series of temporary shows with Escriptures. Símbols, paraules, poders (Writing. Symbols, Words, Powers), a broad-ranging exhibition that examines the origins of writing along with their relationships to spoken words, their symbolism, their graphic evolution, and the importance they have had in various societies the world over. Developed under the supervision of linguist, semiologist, and specialist in the anthropology of communication Miguel Peyró, the exhibition is divided into six parts and features objects from major civilizations of antiquity, including those of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and Mesoamerica, as well as from cultures that developed more recently on all five inhabited continents. Escriptures will be on view from May 21, 2015, through January 31, 2016.
Expired: Sepik, Arts in Papua New Guinea
This exhibition presents a collection of 230 sculptures linked to the Sepik Valley, a large swampland in the north of Papua New Guinea. Since the first millennium B.C. this area has sheltered peoples who live on the banks of or in areas close to the Sepik River and its tributaries. The exhibition gradually unveils a major figure common to all cultures of the “lower” and “middle” Sepik: the founding ancestor(s). In Sepik societies, the figure of the ancestor does not immediately show itself. Instead it is gradually understood in all its complexity. The exhibition illustrates the multiple forms and variations in which these ancestral figures appear, from their public forms to their “secret” forms. Discover our article about the exhibition in the Autumn 2015 issue of Tribal Art magazine.
Expired: BRAFA 2016
Well established and recognized as one of the most important art and antiquities fairs worldwide, BRAFA (the Brussels Art Fair) has, along with TEFAF in Maastricht, in recent years become one of the two bestattended generalist events for collectors and for tribal art galleries. This year it will be held January 23–31, 2016, at its usual Tour & Taxis venue. Galerie Mermoz and Galerie Deletaille will both be there offering Pre-Columbian art, and the arts of Africa, Asia, and Oceania will be well represented thanks to the participation of many Belgian galleries, including the Grusenmeyer Gallery, Galerie Pierre Dartevelle, Galerie Sarah de Monbrison, and Claes Gallery, as well as Serge Schoffel. The latter has presented a series of thematic exhibitions focused on specific bodies of works at BRAFA in years past, but this time will present a more general selection of works, conceived of as a voyage through the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, with seven stops along the way. Offering mostly African art, the Parisian galleries of Yann Ferrandin, Bernard Dulon, and Schoffel de Fabry will be showing, as will Jacques Germain from Montreal. Together the participation of all of these dealers will represent tribal art at BRAFA, lending a decidedly international dimension to the event.
Expired: Talk about the new MEG: a history of collections, passions and Masterworks
The new MEG (Musée d'ethnographie de Genève) is the last-born amongst Swiss museums. With his wealth of 70.000 objects representative of more than 1500 different cultures from the 5 continents, is very well received by the broad public but also by specialists. But why so many exotic objects in a city and in a country that never had any colony? From the Cabinet of curiosities of the Calvin College's Library to the International Geneva, the MEG's director, who is also an african religious arts teacher at the University of Geneva, will describe three centuries of acquisitions and museological projects. (French only) A talk organised in partnership with Tribal Art Magazine. Videos available on brafa.be/brafa-art-talks
Expired: Becoming Another: The Power of Masks
Becoming Another illuminates the common threads and distinct differences in mask traditions from northern India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Mongolia, Siberia, Japan, and the Pacific Northwest Coast. Featuring masks used in shamanistic practices, communal rituals, and theatrical performances, this exhibition speaks to the human impulse to transform one’s identity. Learn more.
Expired: World Arts Auctions : only one day left to bid!
World Arts Auctions, Jo De Buck's new platform, focuses on offering authentic artworks from Africa, Oceania, Americas, and Asia for sale through auction in all price ranges. It was developed as an intermediary between collectors : it promotes encounters between them and help each of them develop their particular collections according to their financial means. Drawing upon his expertise, Jo De Buck guarantees the authenticity of every artwork he offers. All items purchased through World Arts Auctions are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. At the start of each auction, you will be invited to preview the material at Jo De Buck's office on 43 rue des Minimes, in the heart of the Sablon art district of Brussels, where you will have the opportunity to meet other collectors, make connections, and share experiences. http://www.worldartsauctions.com/bin/site/render.cgi?id=0074922_article&ln=ln1&userid=&rubr=gen