A rare group of exquisite small sculptures some 1,000 years old are on display in the Micro Gallery of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. They were created by a pre-Inuit people now known as the Dorset Culture (AD 500–1500). These people are identified by many contemporary Inuit as Tuniit, mythic giants recalled as early inhabitants of present-day Igloolik in the northeastern Canadian territory of Nunavut. The miniature human figures, polar bears, caribou, walruses, and birds may have been used as amulets in a world dominated by spirits and mediated by shamans. These sculptures were painstakingly carved in walrus ivory and caribou antler using fl aked fl int blades or rare knives with meteoric iron blades, an example of which is also on display. The Cambridge collection originates from an encounter between an Inuit group, French missionary Father Etienne Bazin, and Graham Rowley in the 1930s. The anthropologist excavated 1,500 artifacts in 1939, and his entire collection was donated to Cambridge in 1950. Tuniit: Arctic Giants and Ivory Miniatures is complemented by an early twentieth-century woman’s parka, amauti, with a hood to hold a child, skillfully tailored from sections of caribou skin.
Expired: Taba Naba : aboriginal and oceanian art in Monaco
This major exhibition on the theme of oceans and water will be divided in three complementary sections, developed with three prominent partners from this unique art form. The first section will be dedicated to the creation and presentation of six monumental installations created by fifty leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, who, through their works, raise a cry of alarm against the pollution of the oceans. The second section, Living Waters, presents a selection of contemporary Aboriginal paintings from the Sordello & Missana Collection as well as works of Australian artists invited to illustrate the intercultural themes of the exhibition and their relationship to water. by Didier Zanette Bringing the Pacific Islander vision together with those of Australian Aborigines, displaying similarities as well as differences, such is the purpose of the third section. Didier Zanette will focus on the cultural relationships that Pacific peoples have with the sea, through a presentation of traditional navigational objects, objects of prestige from the Solomon Islands, a series of Papuan portraits and a set of large-scale Baining marine animal representations.
Expired: Bakongo "les fétiches"
On the occasion of Parcours, Abla and Alain Lecomte are presenting an amazing collection of Bakongo fétiches from Sub-Saharian Africa. It took years of patience and passion to gather them all. All their researches have been published in a 450 pages monograph that includes engaging text and more than 200 photographs. The exhibition will be on view at the Gallery 4, rue des Beaux-Arts until the end of September.
Expired: African Masterpieces
SPECIAL OFFER: On the occaison of Parcours des mondes, guided tour of the exhibition on Friday September 9 at 11am. Chefs d’oeuvres d’Afrique (African Masterpieces) represents an important event for the institution because it will present an opportunity to see some 130 treasures from Central and Western Africa, many of which are hitherto unseen because they have been in storage. The show also honors Michel Leveau, the museum’s founder. Leveau, who passed away in 2012, was a tireless and lifelong champion of the traditional arts of Africa and sought to share his taste, knowledge, and exceptional eye with as wide an audience as possible. His wife, Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau, who has been the director of the museum since its creation, continues to keep the institution’s passionate spirit alive.
Expired: Hair at Galerie Yann Ferrandin
Yann Ferrandin’s eye is subtle and exacting, and his selection of objects from Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas invariably highlights their beauty. His exhibitions also affi rm both his personal taste and his mastery of the use of space in the service of the artworks. Hair, his exhibition for the 2016 Parcours, explores the importance of personal appearance specifi cally as it relates to hair by showing some one hundred objects of exception al sculptural quality. The excitement of these objects is compounded by the fact that many of them are hitherto unseen by the public.
Expired: Meet us at Frieze Masters Reading Room
During the first decades of the twentieth century, the appreciation of African artefacts in the West shifted dramatically. From colonial trophies they became modernist icons worthy of aesthetic contemplation. In less than a century, some tribal art objects have become recognised as world class artworks and have been sold sometimes, for several millions. How is the tribal art market doing today? Why is it such a specific market? How and why is it still evolving? Elena Martinez-Jacquet, Chief Editor for Europe of Tribal Art magazine and Noëlle Ghilain, Marketing and Communications Manager will discuss these questions together with Lance Entwistle a major dealer in the Tribal Art field. Meet us a Frieze Masters Reading Room on Thursday October 6 at 2.30pm.
Expired: Arctic: Archaic eskimo art
On the occasion of Parcours des mondes, Galerie Flak is presenting "Arctic: Archaic eskimo art". After years of impassioned research and “hunting” for objects, Galerie Flak has assembled an exceptional ensemble of sculptures and shamanic masks from Alaska and Siberia for this exhibition. These ivories and masks have vibrant souls. They are truly “giant miniatures” and provide an inexhaustible source of emotion, poetry, and inspiration. A catalog titled Galerie Flak—Parcours des Mondes 2016 will accompany the exhibition.
Expired: “Beautysmall - To Each His Own, Small Wonders”
Over the years, Alain Bovis attentively gathered 100 small beauties for their aesthetics, extra touch of soul, antiquity, rarity, originality… Africa, Oceania, Indonesia, the Himalayas; varied materials; a wide range of prices… the opportunity of an encounter, an irresistible attraction. Small wonders to read with both eyes and hands in order to discover their monumentality! An on-line catalogue, available in early September, presents a “foretaste” of the exhibition through 33 objects, witnesses of the quality, originality and diversity of Beautysmall.
Expired: White man / Black man : Representations of Westeners in 20th Century African Art
Fascination, repulsion, desire, and even mockery have long characterized the ways in which Africans and Westerners have perceived one another. The exhibition Homme Blanc/Homme Noir (White Man/Black) on view last year at the Pierre Arnaud Fondation in Lens (Switzerland) and now at the quai Branly Museum until October 9, 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: Jacques Chirac, or the Dialog of Cultures
The Musée du Quai Branly’s East Gallery will be the setting for an exhibition dedicated to Jacques Chirac, the man who can be seen as the prime mover for the creation of this institution, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Under the supervision of Jean-Jacques Aillagon, Minister of Culture during the Chirac presidency, working with Guillaume Picon, Jacques Chirac ou le dialogue des cultures (Jacques Chirac, or the Dialog of Cultures) will be more than an homage to Chirac’s passion for tribal art. Instead it will paint a private and public cultural portrait of this man’s profound receptiveness to and sensitivity for the process of Europe’s gradually understanding the world’s non-European cultures, which unfolded throughout the twentieth century. More than 150 works selected from private and public collections in France and elsewhere relate to some sixty dates corresponding to political high points, exhibitions, publications, and experiences that were major events in Chirac’s life, as well as in history, and especially in the recognition of non-European cultures.