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Expired: TAPA

From Sep 12 2017 to Sep 17 2017

During Parcours des Mondes 2017, Galerie Meyer – Oceanic Art will exhibit an unprecedented group of TAPA. TAPA, made from the inner bark of certain species of trees, is omnipresent and essential to life in the South Pacific. The diverse and varied cultures of the Pacific do not historically know weaving. Most the island populations instead use a cloth manufactured from the inner bark of the Ficus, the Mangrove, the breadfruit tree and various other species. The stripped inner bark is soaked in water to remove sap and impurities and then is beaten with special hammers, often decorated with special patterns, which not only help to break and soften the fibers but which also leaves a decorative watermark. TAPA can be cut, painted, sewn, pleated, folded and used for any useful purpose same as a woven fabric. Do not miss the centerpiece of Anthony JP Meyer's exhibition: a blue TAPA from the Solomon Islands of extreme rarity and in an exceptional state of preservation. There will also be a rare TAPA from the Murik Lakes of New Guinea and an EHARO mask from the Gulf of Papua from Henri & Helene Kamer in 1966. It will take place at 17 Rue des Beaux-Arts, during Parcours des mondes 2017. For more info please visit:

The Hold of masks

Expired: The Hold of masks

From Sep 12 2017 to Sep 17 2017

On the occasion of Parcours des mondes 2017, this exhibition will present a selection of objects that evoke the affinities that Picasso had for tribal art, and examines his discovery of African art, his first acquisitions, his collection, the influence his objects had on his work, etc. The highlights of the show will include a Baga shoulder mask (Picasso owned a mask of this type, and it inspired his series of portraits of Marie-Thérèse Walter), a Lwalwa mask (reminiscent of some of the artist’s paintings), a rare asymmetrical Dan mask (idem), and a New Caledonian figure (Picasso had several as well). Galerie Charles-Wesley Hourdé will take place at 40, rue Mazarine, in Paris. For more info please visit:

The standing caryatid Hemba stools

Expired: The standing caryatid Hemba stools

From Sep 12 2017 to Sep 17 2017

On the occasion of Parcours des mondes 2017, Bernard De Grunne presents a focused exhibition based on a specific style of the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo: the standing caryatid Hemba stools. An essay on these powerful symbols of the Luba and Hemba Kingdoms will be published in a catalogue, to be released in exclusivity for the preview day on Tuesday 12 September. This publication tells us about the historical evolution of these royal stools, from the most ancient prototype styles to the kneeling and standing caryatid and atlantes styles. These thrones are considered as prestigious objects, they were mostly used for rituals, representing the strength and the power. Bernard de Grunne will exhibit at Galerie Patrice Trigano, 4bis, rue des Beaux-Arts. For more information, please visit :

Tropea & Yoruba. Resonances of pearls, of yesterday and today

Expired: Tropea & Yoruba. Resonances of pearls, of yesterday and today

From Sep 12 2017 to Sep 17 2017

During Parcours des Mondes 2017, Galerie Schoffel de Fabry will confront the beaded artworks of contemporary artist Yveline Tropéa, with those of the ancient Yoruba people from Nigeria. Yveline Tropéa has been navigating between Ouagadougou and Paris for more than ten years,having installed a studio in both cities. Her work is deeply rooted in Africa, but also in a inner universe that leads her to automatic drawing, free from any borrowing. This exhibition goes back to the origins, by bringing to life the connexions that exist between the beads of contemporary embroidered artworks and those of ancient crafted pieces from the Yoruba kingdom. Through a vast range of both past and present masterpieces (paitings, drawings, divination bags,headdresses, regalia), the gallery will show how the mythological message of the Yoruba creations and the free spirit resulting from the subliminal dreams of Tropéa are united by the same desire of permanence. This exhibition will take place at 4, rue Guénégaud, during Parcours des mondes 2017. For more info please visit:

X masks from Ivory Coast

Expired: X masks from Ivory Coast

From Sep 12 2017 to Sep 17 2017

These are the objects that first caught the eyes of the first aficionados and artists, then fascinated them, and then finally completely changed their ways of seeing and thinking. They were amazed to discover that in the darkest parts of the darkest forests, anonymous sculptors had anticipated their most contradictory preoccupations – cubist, surrealist, and expressionist – and thus moved them to speak of Art. By Galeria Guilhem Montagut (based in Barcelona) at 6, rue Jacques Callot, during Parcours des mondes 2017. For more info please visit:

The Congragation of the Holy Spirit is exhibiting a dozen pieces

Expired: The Congragation of the Holy Spirit is exhibiting a dozen pieces

From Sep 13 2017 to Sep 17 2017

The Congregation of the Holy Spirit, which was founded in 1703 by Claude-François Poullart des Places (1679–1709), is a Catholic missionary society the stated objective of which is to bring the gospel to the poorest and most neglected peoples. The Congregation of the Holy Spirit gathered an impressive quantity of ethnographic objects collected between the 19th and 20th Century. On the occasion of the publication of the book: "Afrique, à l’ombre des dieux. Collections africaines de la Congrégation du Saint-Esprit" (Africa: In the Shadows of the Gods. The African Collections of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit). They are exhibiting a dozen of important pieces for the first time at La Chapelle du Saint-Esprit, 30 rue Lhomond 75005 Paris (in the crypte). September 13-17 from 2pm until 6.300. Free entrance.

Berjonneau-Muñoz Collection

Expired: Berjonneau-Muñoz Collection

Sep 20 2017

Pre-Columbian art collectors should prepare for an exceptional sale planned for September 20, 2017, at the Hôtel Drouot. Millon auctioneers will handle the dispersal of a collection of 120 exquisite works, the fruit of the pas- sion of a family for the ancient arts of Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, and Peru, to name just some of the main regions of origin. The sale is expected to generate between 1.5 and 2 million euros. The collection was started in the 1930s by Uruguayan diplomat Álvaro Guillot-Muñoz, transmitted to his daughter, Julieta Guillot-Muñoz, in 1971, and added to until the beginning of the twenty-first century by her husband, Frenchman Gérald Berjonneau. Fascinated by Mexican cultures and specifically by the ball game, the latter added his personal touch to the collection by providing it with the largest group of works in private hands relating to the ritu- ally charged sport practiced by many Pre-Hispanic peoples, particularly by the Maya. Hachas, palmas, and yokes will be well represented in the sale. Works offered will also include Valdivian steles, for which Guillot-Muñoz had a particular fondness. Aficionados will have the opportunity to preview the pieces beginning on September 15.

The Island Warrior

Expired: The Island Warrior

Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology of Cambridge
From Apr 04 2017 to Sep 25 2017

"The Island Warrior: Coconut Fibre Armour from Kiribati" is the fruit of a collaboration between the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Tungaru: the Kiribati Project, the goal of which is to promote the artistic heritage of the Kiribati archipelagos, located at the crossroads of Polynesia and Micronesia. The incredible suits of armor created on these tiny islands throughout the nineteenth century are the centerpieces of this fascinating exhibition. Using historical documents as well as stories recorded from oral tradition, it examines how they were made and used. This armor was created from materials that occurred in the islanders’ natural environment. Coconut fiber was a major element, chosen for its strength and flexibility, and the suits were decorated with hair and complemented with helmets made from blowfish. A new suit made by contemporary artists based in New Zealand using traditional techniques is also included.

Voyage to the South Seas

Expired: Voyage to the South Seas

From Sep 08 2017 to Sep 30 2017

The Atelier d’Artistes gallery will honor Oceania for the first time with this show. Titled "Voyages dans les mers du Sud" (Voyages to the South Seas), it will present some sixty diverse works—mainly paintings, drawings, and old photographs—created by European artists who traveled to these faraway and fascinating lands. Prominent among these are Danish painter August Plum, who traveled aboard the Galathea; British Royal Navy Captain Richard Oliver, who created fine watercolors that attest to the natural beauty of New Caledonia and document Vanuatu warriors; and Elizabeth Pulman, who produced superb portraits of Maori chiefs. This show will coincide with Parcours des Mondes, du 12 au 17 septembre.

"Journey Through a Collection" at musée Dobrée

Expired: "Journey Through a Collection" at musée Dobrée

From May 20 2017 to Oct 01 2017

The Musée Dobrée holds some 135,000 artworks that it inherited, first from the collection of the Société Archéologique et Historique de Nantes et de Loire-Atlantique and subsequently from French collector Thomas Dobrée. The museum is eclectic and universal, and it continues to expand its collection through a variety of active acquisitions and gifts from the state. Until October 1, 2017, the museum is presenting the opportunity to view some 350 of its artworks. This involves ten thematically organized spaces, in which the subject matter ranges from numismatics to Mediterranean archaeology and from sculpture to graphic arts. A section devoted to non-European art includes displays of weapons, ceramics, figures, and other ritual objects from Oceania, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Together these artworks form a fascinating journey through time and space. For more info: