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
Expired: Black and white
Around twenty ancient sculptures from Africa underline the light / shadow contrast through two predominant colour tones: black and white. This confrontation brings to relief the Punu, Ambete and Galoa sculptures from Gabon in soft wood, with white pigments and elaborate forms, and the Senufo, Baoule and Bambara sculptures from Ivory Coast and Mali with their pure lines in hard wood of deep, shiny black. In the centre of the exhibition shines the Igbo-Izi elephant mask from Nigeria, a powerful sculpture enhanced by both black and white. An eponymous catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Host exhibitor: Dandrieu - Giovagnoni
Expired: TIKI POP. L'Amérique rêve son paradis polynésien
In the 1930s, Polynesian-themed bars and restaurants began to appear in America while the stereotypes of the beachcomber and the sexy vahine were popularised in literature and on the big screen. With the appearance of the Tiki in the 1950s, this style became a genuine way of life. A very liberal adaptation of the original Polynesian idols, Tiki imagery was produced in traditional and modernist forms and pervaded everyday life. Nearly 450 works, photographs, films, musical recordings and archive documents bear witness to this infatuation become a lifestyle. A selection of astonishing objects, whether commonplace is presented alongside authentic works (Maori Tekoteko sculpture, Tongan Kava bowl etc).
Expired: The Nelson A. Rockfeller Vision
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s holdings of the artistic traditions of sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas are today regarded as canonical. They constitute such an integral part of the institution that few realize their inclusion is the result of the vision and sustained efforts of a uniquely influential figure in both American political life and the New York art scene: Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908–1979). This fall the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates that legacy with The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of “the Best” in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas that will be on view from October 7, 2013, through October 5, 2014.
Expired: Batéké "The Fetishes"
This year Alain Lecomte is pleased to present the second part of the Bateke collection of Raoul Lehuard, (prolific author of an impressive collection of books on the Bakongo group, and creator of the famous magazine “Arts d'Afrique Noire”). This collection was in part put together by Robert Lehuard (Raoul Lehuard’s father), stationed in Congo-Brazzaville from 1924 to 1933. These pieces are important, not for their size, but for the quality they give off. This collection of Bateke ''fetishes'', which is also important historically, has always remained in the Lehuard home and never before been exhibited. Also to be noted is the presence of the Cuban-American artist Jose Bedia, whose paintings inspired by Bakongo Nkisi are to be seen face to face with the ''fetishes'' throughout the month of September. A eponymous book is to be published in 500 numbered copies for this occasion.
Host exhibitor: Galerie Abla et Alain Lecomte
Expired: African trilogy
In the ancient arts of Africa, the reference to ancestors is almost everywhere. It assumes forms that have become “great classics” and yet vary from one people to another. We have chosen three modes of expression that are quite different from each other in style, materials used and cultures concerned. The Great Art of the Lega, Kota Art as a source of inspiration for Modern Art and Ancestor Stones from Sierra Leone and Guinea make up this "African Trilogy".
Host exhibitor: Galerie Alain Bovis
Expired: Archaic Eskimo Art
Host exhibitor: Galerie Flak