Expired: Regards premiers
After America in 2011 with a remarkable exhibition on spoons from British Columbia, then Africa in 2012 with the presentation of a masterpiece, the famous Maternity Figure Cup Bearer from Nigeria, the Dodier gallery completed its trilogy on tribal arts in 2013 with an exhibition on Oceania. 2014 is to be the year of crossing borders, with the gallery presenting a selection of some forty objects from America, Africa and Oceania. The common denominator is in quality, prestige and originality. An eponymous catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Host exhibitor: Galerie Dodier
Expired: Sacred Baoulé
Maine Durieu invites us to discover or re-discover Baoule statuary, one of the major arts of the Ivory Coast, which as early as the beginning of the 20th century had already won over artists and collectors. This exhibition goes towards demonstrating the intensity and diversity of these sculptures that reveal, with as much gentleness as strength, the complexity of Baoule spirituality, inhabited by ancestors, husbands and wives from beyond and spirits of the bush. Too often judged solely for their aesthetic qualities, these works nonetheless express, in a sacred language, the deep, mystical universe of the human soul. An eponymous catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Host exhibitor: Galerie Maine Durieu
From the secret sculptures of Poro to statues linked to divination, from the severity of the sculptures from the south of Mali to the gentleness of those from central Ivory Coast, the exhibition presents a wide panorama of the various expressions and styles of Senufo art. An eponymous catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Host exhibitor: Galerie Olivier Castellano
Expired: The former french Soudan
Host exhibitor: Galeria Guilhem Montagut
Expired: To the world beyond
Since the development of tribal associations and the initial formations of community, all world cultures have used objects to call to the spirits of “the world beyond”, be they deities, deceased ancestors, or otherworldly principles which have an enduring, spiritual nature. The call has been to bring the power of the spirits, and the world beyond, to bear on human existence- to assist humans in the endeavors of everyday existence. As beautifully and expressively as any tribal cultures, African cultures have used figures, masks, and objects whose power is only measured by whether they function in this effort, to bring crop and human fertility and prosperity, to protect and act as a guardian, to heal or cure illness, or to seal the bonds of marriage, or to provide instruction and social regulation in a world defined by disorder and chaos. The exhibition To the World Beyond is a carefully selected group of fine works—exceptionally presented objects which are used to reach beyond the human world and call upon the spirits of the world beyond…
Host exhibitor: Berz Gallery of African Art
Expired: Trajectory VI
"Indian tribal art is emerging on the international scene. In India, the place of the natives is no longer in the Museum of Mankind, in those reconstitutions where wax models, dressed in traditional costumes, are seated around the fire in front of their traditional homes. Here they are now at the forefront of the contemporary Indian art scene, with works that sell in art galleries and are shown in museums throughout the world. The voice of Indian tribal populations, long stifled, is coming back thanks to painting." Le Monde, 17 February 2011.
Host exhibitor: ?
Expired: Utari : The 1inu, native people of Japan
The Ainu are a native paleo-mongoloid people from Hokkaido, the most northern island of Japan. Sharing a genetic link with Amerindians, Tibetans and the peoples of Okinawa, the Ainu are probably related to the Jomon (14.000-300 B.C.), who were the first inhabitants of the archipelago. The word Ainu means “people”. The men are known for their thick beards and the women for their dark blue tattoos around the mouth, a process started during childhood and completed when a girl attains adulthood. The Ainu live very close to nature and survive through hunting, fishing and some limited agriculture. In their deeply animist belief system, the spirit forces, Kamui, permeate all that is natural – fire, earth, plants, mountains, land animals and fish. Bears are especially esteemed – idolised, but also sacrificed. Evil spirits are kept at bay through rituals, such as the use of ikupasuy, prayer sticks that are finely carved with protective spiral patterns, morew. These patterns are also engraved on wooden objects such as ritual dishes and embroidered on costumes, including the renowned Ainu dresses, some of which are made from chewed elm bark, known as attush. From the end of the 19th century, the Ainu had access to exchanged cotton and silk, which developed new possibilities for expression, resulting notably in the ruunpe. (…) The Gerena collection presents examples of both types. The morew of each type, with these curvilinear patterns, matches decorative elements found on ancient figurative Jomon pottery. Similarities in the patterns suggest a cultural tradition of ten thousand years, and this is backed up by recent DNA research. Ainu patterns also echo decorative elements in ivory coming from Old Bering Sea Eskimos (circa 100-400 B.C.) and can be linked to some heraldic compositions of Amerindians from the North-West coast.
Host exhibitor: Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh
Expired: War! Emblems of power
Host exhibitor: Indigènes
Expired: What, my face?
Host exhibitor: Jo De Buck Tribal Art
Expired: Wise and ferocious
This exhibition sets up a confrontation between objects. On the one hand, there are those that are highly expressionistic, where the grin, cry or trance recurrently express questioning of the human soul in relation to the supernatural, death and the sphere of the sacred. On the other hand, there are very serene, meditative objects that reveal through a peaceful, classic approach the quest for a silent inner beauty.
Host exhibitor: Galerie Renaud Vanuxem