Expired: Faces of the world
Masks reflect the spirit of ancestors, their soul or divinities. Our exhibition presents about fifteen masks from Africa and Oceania illustrating the diversity and the incredible wealth of artistic creation in tribal arts.
Host exhibitor: Galerie Bacquart
Expired: Ghurras of Nepal
For the 13th edition of Parcours des mondes, the David Serra - Art Tribal gallery presents the exhibition Ghurras of Nepal, as well as a display of important tribal art pieces, which will be publishes in a catalogue entitled Arts Premiers 2014.
Host exhibitor: David Serra - Art Tribal
Expired: Golgotha. Looking to ancestors
Through an exceptional collection bringing together around forty ritual skulls and relics from Oceania, Africa, Insulindia and pre-Columbian America, the exhibition proposes a re-reading of the relationship to death in tribal societies and ancient cultures. An eponymous catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Host exhibitor: Martin Doustar
Expired: Jewellery and bronzes from the Y. Chenoufi collection
The Noir d’Ivoire gallery is honouring the jewellery and bronzes of the Yasmina Chenoufi collection. All types of material are represented: gold, ivory, bronze and many others. This collection has been patiently put together over 35 years.
Host exhibitor: Galerie Noir d'Ivoire
Expired: Magical art
Homage to the work of André Breton, the exhibition in the gallery basement looks into African art as a medium of magical power, including powers of alienation, divination, protection and healing. Dominated by a rare collection of objects from the former Dahomey (Fon), it also features works from Ivory Coast, Congo, Mali, Tanzania and Nigeria. Sacrificial material, relics, truly surrealistic amalgams of objects of varied appearance, detailed esoteric symbols or pure forms on the limits of the abstract, this exhibition presents a troubling journey through this “magic art” which Breton said might “solve the enigma of the world”.
Host exhibitor: Galerie Olivier Larroque
Expired: Mickey in Benin
Numerous artists, such as Andy Warhol, Bernard Rancillac, Robert Combas, Alexander Kosolapov and Peter Saul have been inspired by the character of Mickey Mouse in their works. But what does Mickey represent for African artists, whose culture has been nourished by other symbols and different values ? Building on their collaboration begun several years ago with artists from Benin, the Vallois sculpture gallery has asked around ten of them to work on the theme of Mickey. The confrontation between the Disney character and the history, imagination, civilisation and artistic repertoire particular to Africa, and especially Benin, has led to the creation of strong works whose power is equalled only by their creativity.
Host exhibitor: Galerie Vallois Sculpture Contemporaine
Expired: Mysterious works from pre-columbian America
Both because of the destruction arising from conquest and the recent nature of archaeological research in America (begun only at the end of the 19th century), numerous pre-Columbian items raise questions regarding their usage and meaning. Were these objects related to a cult, for everyday use, strictly for funerals, or for utilitarian, war, sacrificial, decorative, protective, shamanic, cosmological or ornamental purposes? These are all questions that specialists face every day and to which, for now, we can offer only the most credible hypotheses. It is this selection of particularly mysterious objects that makes up our exhibition.
Host exhibitor: Galerie Furstenberg
Expired: Mythical ancestors
Figures of ancestors from South and South-East Asia dominate the exhibition, notably with textiles from Indonesia, Cambodia and India.
Host exhibitor: Jonathan Hope
Expired: Pairs, couples and maternity: The art of duality
The Art of Duality pays homage to the ancient Austronesian belief according to which any form of life is based on a dualistic concept. The oldest creation myths describe a primordial deity who created the first mother and father clan by magic means. All the following generations and all knowledge come from this original pair. Customary law orders the required rites and ceremonies during which humans request the benediction of the earliest ancestors. Their protection ensures the continuity of the community thanks to the fecundity of marriage and the prosperity of agriculture, as well as safe passage from birth to death, where we return to our point of origin and rejoin the ancestors in the beyond. In the indigenous animist art of insular Asia, Maternity is a universal archetype of binary nature, often also expressed in the form of sculptures, both miniature and monumental. The Mother and Child, as important in the art of the isolated longhouse as they are in the western tradition, are often represented with great sensitivity. Dualism can also be interpreted in an abstract way, whether in the form of a giant tree of life with two forked branches as seen on the island of Flores or else pairs represented on jewels or textiles.
Host exhibitor: Thomas Murray Asiatica - Ethnographica
Expired: Portraits & Finery from the Solomon Islands
This exhibition honours the Solomon Islands with a fine collection of original 19th century photographs explaining the life, traditions and ceremonies of the native peoples of these islands. Ethnographic evidence of the first order, the artistic quality of these photos makes them true works of art. They are accompanied by a collection of jewellery and finery, most of which comes from the collection of the Cranmore Ethnographical Museum at Chislehurst in the UK, created by the famous collector Geoffrey Beasley (1881-1939).
Host exhibitor: Michael Evans Tribal Art