Expired: Art of the Warrior
Tambaran Gallery is presenting a small but unusually fine collection of antique Pacific weapons that are not only functional but are beautiful both in form and workmanship. These objects of power and prestige were carved by specialists who had a great understanding in their selection of wood, stone, and bone, as well as rare expertise in curing and polishing. They were made for chiefs and high-ranking warriors, and they became treasured heirlooms. While none of these objects have Cook provenance, he and his crew encountered and collected similar weapons during their long Pacific voyages and, like Cook artifacts, these have traveled far from Australia, New Zealand, and the Polynesian Islands to the Northwest Coast of America and British Columbia.
Expired: On board the La Korrigane
December 11 will be a good day to visit Galerie Meyer. A book signing will be held there with Dr. Christian Coiffier, anthropologist and professor at the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, for his books Carnet de voyage de Régine van den Broek d’Obrenan aux Nouvelles- Hébrides, aux îles Salomon et aux îles de l’Amirauté en 1935 (Travel Journals of Régine van den Broek d’Obrenan in the New Hebrides, the Solomon Islands, and the Admiralty Islands in 1935) and Régine van den Broek d’Obrenan, Une Artiste à bord de La Korrigane, 1934–1936 (Régine van den Broek d’Obrenan, An Artist Aboard the La Korrigane, 1934–1936). Both are homages to the talent, curiosity, and keen observational abilities of a remarkable and recently departed woman. She was one of the five members of the last major French Oceanic expedition, which collected valuable information and artifacts despite not having been sponsored by a scientific institution. An exhibition of original drawings by Régine van den Broek d’Obrenan will accompany the presentation and will be on view (but not for sale) as well as the exhibition of early master-works from the Solomon Islands.
Expired: Opening of the Musée des Confluences in Lyon
The public opening of the Musée des Confluences in Lyon is scheduled for December 20, 2014. The architecture of the building is radical—hovering somewhere between crystalline and cloudlike—and it will be home to the museum’s holdings of more than two million objects representing fields as varied as paleontology, mineralogy, zoology, entomology, anthropology, Egyptology, and prehistory. The core of its current collection is that of the former Musée d’Histoire Naturelle augmented with donations of famous collector Émile Guimet, as well as with objects collected by missionaries and from the holdings of the Musée Colonial. It was further enriched over the years by the new institution’s active acquisitions policy. The permanent collection will present more than 3,000 works shown in four thematic sections: Origins: The Stories of the World; Species: The Fabric of Life; Societies: The Theater of Mankind; and Eternities: Visions of the Great Beyond. Two inaugural exhibitions will feature most of the Émile Guimet pieces in Les Trésors de Guimet (The Guimet Treasures) and objects derived from curiosity cabinets in Dans la Chambre des Merveilles (In the Chamber of Marvels), both on view from the museum’s opening until July 2015. An abundance of cultural events—lectures, concerts, and a variety of academic programs— are also planned.
Expired: A Glimpse of Paradise
The Museum für Völkerkunde is currently showing Blick ins Paradies—Südsee Erleben in Historischen Fotografien (A Glimpse of Paradise: Experiencing the South Seas through Historical Photographs). The exhibition, which will be on view until December 31, 2014, consists of photographs of Polynesia from colonial times selected from the museum’s archives, as well as from private collections such as those of Eduard Arning and the Godeffroy family.
Expired: Small is Beautiful
In December 2014, the Galerie Flak is pleased to present a selection of high-quality miniature figures: « Small is beautiful » These small sculptures from Africa, Oceania and North America combine refinement, power and an intense sense of poetry. A canoe prow figurehead from the Solomon Islands, a Baule heddle pulley from Côte d’Ivoire, an Eskimo shamanic amulet or a Hopi Kachina doll…; you are cordially invited to come and discover these gems on Saturday December 6th, from 3 to 8 PM. Exhibition until December 20th, 2014. Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 1pm and 2.30 pm to 7.30pm. For your information, the gallery will be open on December 30th and 31st, 2014, as well as on January 2nd and 3rd, 2015.
Expired: Like Now: Adger, Melvin & George
Himself a noted abstract impressionist artist, in the early years of renowned dealer Mert Simpson’s New York gallery, he specialized both in contemporary art—especially works by the conglomerate of black artists in the early ‘60s known as the Spiral Collective— and in traditional African art. True to that tradition, the Merton D. Simpson Gallery is now presenting Like NOW: Adger, Melvin & George, a multimedia group exhibition featuring the work of artists Adger Cowans, Melvin Van Peebles, and George Nelson Preston, displayed in conjunction with traditional, indigenous art from Africa and Oceania.
Expired: Visions Huichol
The Huichol of southwestern Mexico are an autochthonous Indian community with strong religious beliefs long handed down from ancestral traditions. They are known for their sacred use of peyote, the hallucinogenic cactus that they believe makes it possible to commune with the gods. Their nierika, or “objects to see,” are among their most recognizable artistic traditions. These enigmatically themed and brightly colored “yarn paintings” relate to visions associated with dreams and mythology. Inspired by ancient ritual practices, these creations evolved during the twentieth century and became an art form sought after by collectors worldwide. With Visions Huichol, un Art Amérindien (Huichol Visions, an Amerindian Art), Marseille’s Musée d’Arts Africains, Océaniens, et Amérindiens presents the richness of this expressive and mystical art through works by established artists such as Benítez Sánchez and Ramón Medina. Anthropologist Michel Perrin, who spent a number of years living among the Huichol, has provided detailed information for the exhibition that enables the viewer to decipher the symbols in the works, follow the stories they tell, and, in so doing, discover a people and their history.
Expired: Art in Real Life: Traditional African Art
African artists producing “traditional” works have long striven to balance community values with individual success. Art in Real Life: Traditional African Art from the Lowe Art Museum explores the inherent tensions of this reality, which is impacted by pressures from a broad range of sectors, including the technological, geopolitical, ecological, and economic. This exhibition, which is drawn from the Lowe’s permanent collection, illustrates the continuing creativity and inventiveness of African artists in the face of an increasingly complex world.
Expired: Face to Face
The Israel Museum will feature an exhibition titled Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World from March 11 through September 11, 2014. Curated by Dr. Debby Hershman, the show will be a first in many respects, as the 9000-year-old stone masks that are its subject— twelve of which are known—have never been brought together before, even on their home territory.
Expired: Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond
Buddha’s Word is the first museum exhibition of Tibetan material in Cambridge. It is also the first time in the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology’s history that its Buddhist collections will be showcased in an exhibition. Many of the artifacts, prints and manuscripts in the exhibition have never been on public display before. Exhibits include some of the oldest illuminated Buddhist manuscripts from the first decades of the eleventh century as well as specimens of skillfully illuminated wooden covers; a quartet of scroll paintings brought back from the infamous Young husband Expedition; and a gift from the 13th Dalai Lama. The exhibition charts some of the incredible journeys that the words of the Buddha have taken: crossing mountains and oceans and taking different material forms in different places. This is the story of the transformation of Buddha’s words, from palm leaf, to paper, to digital dharma.