Christie’s Paris: Claude Vérité Collection & Various Owners
Christie’s will preview a selection of works from September 12–17—coinciding with the Parcours des Mondes art fair, which attracts visitors from all over the world—that will be offered at the two auctions it has announced for November 21 and 22, 2017. The first of these sales will be devoted to works from the Claude Vérité Collection and will feature 185 major Oceanic, Northwest Coast, and African artworks. Some of the latter were collected by Paul Vérité in the 1950s. Among them is a fine group of reliquary guardian figures. The sale will be a pleasant surprise to all those who thought that the Vérité well had run dry after the land- mark auction of 2006. Christie’s “various owners” sale will be held on November 22. A carefully selected group of some sixty artworks will be offered. About half of these will be Oceanic, reflecting an ever-increasing demand for material from this region. One lot that promises to be the subject of a great deal of interest will be a beautiful New Ireland uli figure that has been off the market and dormant in a private German collection for many years. A major Hemba ancestor figure, a masterpiece of African sculpture, will also be a highlight of this auction. It was acquired by a French collector from Jacques Kerchache some forty years ago.
Peru Before the Incas
This exhibition features nearly 293 archaeological objects, most of which were unearthed in the course of the important excavation projects that have taken place on the northern coast of Peru since 1987 until today. It spans the time from the 8th century BC to approximately AD 1470, the time of the arrival of the Inca on the northern coast of Peru and of the conquest of the kingdom of Chimor. This time span of more than 2,000 years saw the rise of many civilizations, including the Cupisnique, Salinar and Virú, Moche, Lambayeque, and Chimú. The exhibition focuses primarily on the ways in which the complex societies of the north coast were formed, an examination that is framed as a reflection upon power. This approach casts light on how the Inca were the product of the social development prior to Spanish colonization. The installation is divided into five sections: 1) the role played by geography; 2) celestial power; 3) power expressed through architecture; 4) terrestrial power; and 5) high-ranking and powerful women in coastal societies over the course of more than a millennium.
The Rivet Generation
The Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac is honoring the central role played by Paul Rivet (1876–1958) in the institutionalization of French ethnology through a special exhibition titled "Ethnologues, missions et collections dans les années 1930" (Ethnologists, Missions, and Collections in the 1930s) in the Atelier Martine Aublet. Between 1928 and 1938, the field of ethnology became an independent discipline, and during this tumultuous decade, it spearheaded a new humanism. Rivet was a vital part of this process and did everything in his power to train a new generation of ethnologists. This homage to him will be on view until January 28, 2018.
Oceania: Voyages through the Immensity
Take a plunge into the unknown with a voyage to Oceania on the far side
of the world! This exhibition will take you along the
routes traveled by the first inhabitants of this fascinating
region, and then on those blazed by European explorers
in the eighteenth century by presenting the Oceanic collections
of the Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire and of
the Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale. The show consists
of more than 200 objects from every corner of Oceania,
supplimented by old maps, model ships, and archival
documents. It also examines the stone and wood works
of Tahitian artist-sculptor Jean-Paul Forest, a master of
“land art,” that is, artworks in natural environments. His
creations call into question human relationships with the
"Oceania—Voyages dans l’immensité" is the brainchild of Belgian
archaeologist Nicolas Cauwe, who is widely known for
the digs and research he has done on Easter Island, as
well as for his book "Île de Pâques, le grand tabou: dix
années de fouilles reconstruisent son histoire".
Tribal Art magazine is a partner of the exhibition.
2016 is the centenary of the birth of Dada. This landmark avant-garde artistic movement characterised by calling into question all extant aesthetic, political, and social ideas. In pursuit of this, Dada artists— poets, actors, painters, musicians, etc.—turned to non-Western cultures, and to Africa in particular, for inspiration. Above and beyond the fact that it created a new and unique language, one consequence of Dada’s emphasis on the importance of Africa was that it validated a material culture that had, until the advent of the avant-garde, been seen in Europe solely as part of the realm of anthropology. Essential questions concerning the universal history of art will be taken up in what promises to be a significant and historic exhibition titled Dada Afrika. It will present works by major artists such as Hans Arp, Hannah Höch, and Tristan Tzara alongside sculptures from Africa and elsewhere. The event is being organized by the Rietberg Museum and the Berlinische Galerie. It will be on view in Paris at Musée de l'Orangerie until February 19th.
"Ancestors & Rituals" at BOZAR
Europalia 2017 opened in Brussels with a wonderful exhibition entitled "Ancestors & Rituals” and on view until January 14, 2018 at BOZAR. This year, the European festival puts the spotlight on Indonesia, its aim being to explore new perspectives on "the other" and on oneself through the arts. With this exhibition devoted to the particular forms of ancestral cults in Indonesia, the challenge is met!
Indonesia, the fifth largest country in the world, has a myriad of cultures: 255 million inhabitants, 300 ethnic groups and more than 700 languages. Despite this diversity, these cultures share one thing in common: the importance they ascribe to ancestors. The exhibition "Ancestors & Rituals" explores the three crucial functions relating to the past, present and future that ancestors fulfil in Indonesia. The first is to serve as a direct link between the Indonesians and their past. Indeed, it allows the living to claim a social position. The second is to be the guarantors of a social harmony and the third is to be a source of fertility.
The exhibition also focuses on the exchanges that have influenced the cultures of Indonesians over time. It presents 160 archaeological and ethnographic treasures illustrating the rituals around these three stakes: status, protection and fertility. Finally, it invites the visitors to consider the relationship we have with our ancestors and rituals in our western societies.
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TRIBAL ART 2
This sale held in Vienna on November 18, 2017, will be the second auction organized by the newly established Austria Auction Company, managed by Davut Mizrahi and Udo Langauer. Their expert is longtime collector Alfred Weissenegger. For more information, visit their website at www.austriaauction.com.
The Musée de l’Homme in Paris is showing an exhibition titled "Dialogue photographique: Jean Rouch and Catherine de Clippel", which offers an opportunity to compare views of Africa by two photographers who were interested in the same regions, cultures, and subjects, but at different times. Jean Rouch’s photos were shot between 1946 and the 1970s while Catherine de Clippel’s were taken this decade. Both present an Africa in a perpetual state of movement. Rouch (1917–2004) was an ethnologist, photographer, and filmmaker, who also was a privileged and sensitive witness to the evolution of African societies. His photos, which he often took to document his ethnographic expeditions, depict a variety of subjects including lion hunters, Songhay magic in Niger, and Dogon subjects in Mali. De Clippel is a photographer, documentary film director, and producer. Her work is centered primarily on animist practices both in rural and urban environments in Africa, as well as in Brazil and Venezuela. The exhibition has five thematic sections: Rituals and Possession, Mourning, Traditional Hunting, Colonial Africa, and Independence and Modernity.