Expired: 5 exhibitions to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the musée du quai Branly
On June 23 2006, the doors of the long-awaited Musée du Quai Branly opened. Ten years later, the museum plans to mark its anniversary year with a varied and interesting program of events. 4 exhibitions are scheduled for the spring season: The first of these is Persona: Strangely Human. This interesting exhibition is on view on the West Mezzanine until November 13, 2016, and explores the strategies that all human beings, regardless of culture or period, use to conceive objects. On view until May 15, 2016, Dakar 66: Chronicles of a Pan-African Festival, commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the first Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres (FESMAN) (World Festival of Black Arts) in Dakar. A third exhibition is titled Shamans and Divinities of Pre-Columbian Ecuador. This exhibition, unprecedented in Europe, looks at the world of the spirits of ancient Ecuador by focusing on the emblematic figure of the shaman. Another exhibition, also focused on the equatorial Americas, is the presentation of twenty-four photographic prints and negatives from the collection of the National Institute of Cultural Patrimony-Ecuador. Finally, Matahota: Arts and Society in the Marquesas Islands, will be presented in the Garden Gallery from April 12– July 24, 2016. Some 300 works created between the eighteenth century and the present day attest to the power of an artistic tradition that has long fascinated Western artists.
Expired: Matahoata. Arts and Society in the Marquesas Islands
Matahota, Arts et Société aux Iles Marquises (Matahota: Arts and Society in the Marquesas Islands) will be presented in the Garden Gallery from April 12– July 24, 2016. Some 300 works created between the eighteenth century and the present day attest to the power of an artistic tradition that has long fascinated Western artists. Marquesan art expresses a sophisticated aesthetic centered on the anthropomorphic fi gure. While it has never lost its essence, it was infl uenced by contact with the West in the nineteenth century. Mata Hota is curated by Carol Ivory, Professor of Art History at Washington State University, working in collaboration with Véronique Mu-Liepmann, who was curator of the Musée de Tahiti et des Îles from 1982 to 2011. Discover our full article about the exhibition in the upcoming Summer issue that will be available by the end of May.
Expired: Kuba containers at Philippe Ratton Gallery
From June 18–July 30, 2016, Philippe Ratton will present a thematic exhibition in his gallery on Rue Bonaparte dedicated to the containers produced by the skilled hands of the artists of the Kuba kingdom in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sculpted with as much care and attention to detail as is given to fi gures and masks, these objects are among the most remarkable of the Kuba’s artistic creations, and they have been sought after by collectors since the end of the nineteenth century. The exhibition will feature palm wine cups, the most artistically developed of which take the form of a human head and are characterized by beautifully executed geometric designs. Several sculpted horns, also intended for use by the elite, will be presented as well. A group of wooden boxes for cosmetics, intended for holding the red powder known as twoolx or tukula, will complete the selection.
Expired: The Summer of masks in Montréal
Galerie Jacques Germain will devote its summer show to the art of the mask in Sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting the sculptural richness and spiritual strength of this unique art form. From June 29 until July 30, 2016, fourteen antique masks of the highest artistic quality will be on view, largely by appointment. A Makonde mapiko initiation helmet mask from Mozambique or Tanzania is one of Africa’s most naturalistic styles, and an especially fine example will be included in the show. A mask from the Cameroon Grasslands, remarkable for its expressiveness and its dark patina, and a Guro zamblé dance mask from Côte d’Ivoire, the curvilinear forms of which show unusual elegance and grace, will also be featured and will certainly demand the attention of connoisseurs of these art forms.
Expired: Jeux d'enfants. Figurines rituelles. (Child games. Ritual figurines).
From January 29 until July 31, le musée africain des cultures de l'Afrique de l'Ouest ( The Museum of West African Cultures) presents the exhibition " Jeux d'enfants. Figurines rituelles" (Children Games, Ritual figurines). Sixty anthropomorphic statuettes of West, Central, Eastern and Southern African shows how children games become a ritual when they still be used after childhood. The exhibition is organized in partnership with the Musée Vivant des Arts et Civilisation d’Afrique Nantais.
Expired: Auction of Outstanding African Art - Berz Gallery
The Curator’s Eye & Berz Gallery present a rare and important sale of 146 antique and authentic pieces of African art of extremely high quality and at incredibly low prices. There will be no buyers premium and the shipping costs will be discounted worldwide. Berz Gallery of African Art is one of the world’s leading dealers and specialists in antique and authentic African art. With galleries in major cities for nearly two decades, Berz Gallery is a regular participant in the most important vetted fairs in the world of tribal art and has a reputation for integrity, a strong aesthetic, and a high degree of knowledge and scholarship in the field of African art. Do not forget to register in order to bid : https://www.curatorseye.com/loginnew.php?Switch=prgm-6. To pre-register, simply send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expired: Maya Beauty
Organized by the Berliner Festspiele/ Martin-Gropius-Bau in collaboration with Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) as part of a cultural collaboration project for 2016, the exhibition Die Maya—Sprache der Schönheit (The Maya—Language of Beauty) presents more than three hundred artworks from the Maya culture, including a number of Mexican national treasures. Maya cosmogony and this millenniumold civilization’s conception of beauty are the focus of the show, and they are eloquently revealed through the treatment of the body, one of the main subjects of the art of this culture. Stone sculptures in the round, sumptuously carved architectural elements, paintings on terracotta, and jade mosaics all feature an abundance of bodies, not only human, but animal and deity as well. This resolutely aesthetic exhibition can be admired by viewers at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, in Berlin.
Expired: The Collector and the Dealer: Gifts of African Art from Jay T. Last and Merton D. Simpson
The Collector and the Dealer explores how the decades-long friendship of two individuals—the late New York–based African art dealer and artist Merton D. Simpson and the collector, physicist, and Fowler Museum patron Jay T. Last—created a lasting impact on the growth and development of the Fowler’s African art collection. Last purchased many fine works of African art from Simpson. It was not uncommon for Simpson to approach Last immediately upon receiving new pieces that he thought would appeal to the collector’s specific tastes. All but two of the objects in this exhibition were donated by Last after he purchased them from Simpson, and because of the former’s role as a major Fowler donor, Simpson’s family offered the Fowler the two rare and exceptional objects in the center of the gallery: a Lobala drum and an unusual Yaka fiber headdress. These works are accompanied by stunning works of Lega, Zulu, and other art that Last has donated to the Fowler over the years.
Expired: Moche and Its Neighbors—Reconstructing Identities
The Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru is currently showing Moche y sus vecinos. Reconstruyendo identidades, a fascinating exhibition that sheds light on the mechanisms through which identity was constructed in the Moche vision of the world through an examination of the relationships, both peaceful and bellicose, that Moche civilization engaged in over time with neighboring Andean groups. Some eighty terracotta, metal, and stone artworks representative of the artistic traditions of the Moche, Recuay, and Cajamarca that have been drawn from a variety of collections (including those of the Museo Larco and the Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú) are on display. These works refer to mythical heroes, ancestors, and common enemies, the memory of whom was celebrated in ritual practices, thus contributing to the formation of a sense among identity of the Moche people.
Expired: Art of the Austronesians: The Legacy of Indo-Pacific Voyaging
This spring and summer, the Fowler Museum at UCLA will present a new and important exhibition titled Art of the Austronesians: The Legacy of Indo-Pacific Voyaging. It explores the history and evolution of the arts and cultures of the Austronesian peoples from their prehistoric origins in Taiwan to successive migrations over millennia throughout the Philippines, Indonesia, the Pacific, and beyond. This will be the first major exhibition in the United States to comparatively examine the visual arts of the entire Austronesian world in a single project. The exhibition will feature approximately 200 works of art, including a number of important pieces from the Fowler’s Wellcome Collection, the significance of which has never been highlighted in previous projects.