TEFAF Maastricht 2019
The major international art show TEFAF Maastricht will take place March 16–24, 2019. This year there will be six in our field, among them Galerie Monbrison, which will present a selection of important works, among them a female Fang-Ngumba reliquary figure from Equatorial Guinea formerly in the Kunin Collection. High-quality works will also be prominent with the other five dealers—Galerie Meyer, Galerie Bernard de Grunne, Galerie Bernard Dulon, Galerie Didier Claes, and Galerie Lucas Ratton. Didier Claes will once again focus on the arts of the Congo with a group of artworks that includes a beautiful Kongo power fi gure and a Songye kifwebe mask. Galerie Lucas Ratton will highlight the art of Côte d’Ivoire and will present an Attie figure of strikingly volumetric form, while a highlight of Bernard Dulon’s display will be a remarkably refined Baule female figure from the Dimbokro area that was in the collection of American dealer Charles Davis for more than forty years. Another dealer, Martin Doustar, will be exhibiting in the “Showcase” portion of TEFAF.
Masks of the World
The mask is perhaps the most coveted of all non-Western art objects. It exists in myriad forms among nearly all of the peoples and cultures of Africa, South America, Oceania, and Asia. They may be relatively naturalistic, sometimes zoomorphic, others geometric or abstract, and they come in all shapes and sizes. They may be used in rites of passage, as ritual tools, emblems of power, or catalysts for transformation. One conceals oneself or sometimes discovers oneself with masks. All of them, from the wooden African masks of the Songye, Kota, and Punu to the stone examples of Teotihuacan, have fascinated aficionados and collectors for many decades, and it can even be said that many types of African masks have become the prime representatives of the cultures they come from. From March 23–July 20, 2019, the Cité Miroir in Liège will be presenting the exhibition titled Masks, which has already been seen in Beijing and Tokyo and is made up of some eighty examples on loan from the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac.
Museum der Kulturen
The Museum der Kulturen in Basel is planning a show about objects that generally reside in its storage. This is an innovative concept and one that will interest many people who are eager to know what goes on behind the scenes at a museum. It also reveals how objects that are not under the bright lights all the time are housed and care for. These days, many of these treasures are often the subject of controversy— they may have been stolen, unjustly removed from their contexts, or be made of materials that are now prohibited. What was earlier sought after is the subject of criticism today. How must these sensitive objects be handled? These issues and more will be explored by the museum beginning on March 22, 2019.
OCEANIA exhibition now in Paris
PARIS—Following its historic opening at London’s Royal Academy of Arts last year, the exhibition Oceania will be making some voyages of its own. Its first port of call will be the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, where it will be on view in the Galerie Jardin March 12–July 7, 2019. Contemporary and antique artworks will mingle and mix in this installation just as they did at its British venue. The exhibition places emphasis on the exchanges, encounters, and hybrid phenomena that long characterized this vast region of 25,000 islands. These occurred through native interisland contact as well as that of colonial invaders. This focus forms the common thread through which the diversity of the vast region’s art is presented. Quai Branly will also host an exhibition titled Anting-Anting, on view March 12–May 26, 2019, which explores the meanings of the eponymous amulets of the Philippines.
PAD Paris 2019
Aficionados of beauty don’t have long to wait for the next quintessential celebration of taste that is the PAD art fair. Held in Paris from April 3–7, 2019, some seventy major players in the fields of contemporary design, jewelry, and painting, among other areas, will host visitors at the show’s emblematic Jardin des Tuileries location. Once again this year, tribal art will be represented by two Parisian galleries that have already established themselves at the show. One, Galerie Lucas Ratton, will present a group of classical objects with clean and pure lines, such as two Yaure masks from Côte d’Ivoire. The other ambassador from our fi eld will be Galerie Flak, which has announced it will present an exhibition that will be one of many events commemorating the 250th anniversary of the first voyage of Captain James Cook. Titled Voyages … Du Pacifique Nord au Pacifique Sud sur les traces du capitaine Cook (Voyages … From the Northern Pacific to the Southern Pacific, on the Trail of Captain Cook), it will illustrate the various stages of the explorer’s exploits through artworks. Among them are Yup’ik masks from the Far North, a group of Maori sculptures, a Rapa Nui fi gure, and carvings for the malangan ceremony of New Ireland, along with an original edition of Cook’s voyages in eight volumes.
Paris Tribal 2019
Paris Tribal is an annual event that was created by local Parisian dealers specializing in the arts of Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas, which has now become eagerly awaited by an ever-larger audience. Now in its sixth year, it will take place in the Beaux- Arts and Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood from April 10–14, 2019. The key to its success has been the variety and quality of the material it presents, as well as the thematic exhibitions it often features. Among the latter this year will be Galerie Flak’s show on Cook’s voyages, Jo de Buck’s exhibition of Kuba textiles at Galerie Alain Bovis, and a show on modernist painter and tribal art collector Eugène de Kermadec presented by Laurent Dodier at Galerie Meyer. Select galleries invited from other parts of France and abroad to participate also enhance the show. The twenty-five participating dealers have also announced that they will be showing selections of works that include many objects at modest prices in an effort to encourage new buyers and collectors—another innovation attesting to Paris Tribal’s dynamic approach.
Anting-Anting. The Secret Soul of the Filipino
It's also on March 12 that the exhibition "Anting-Anting. The secret Soul of the Filipino" will open his doors at Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac. The exhibition brings together a selection of Anting-Anting, sources of strength and power and a prominent feature during the Philippine Revolution. Anting-Anting are talismans: medallions in brass, copper, wood or bone, they are natural objects worn close to the body, providing protection for the wearer, making them invincible – particularly to bullet wounds –, and conferring wealth, love, and romance along with mystical power. These objects are the product of a syncretic mix of animist, pre-colonial beliefs, popular Catholicism and cabbalistic and masonic traditions. As sources of strength and power, they were a prominent feature during the Philippine Revolution of 1898, as well as during millenarian and peasant revolts. They are still worn today by police officers, soldiers and members of secret cults as a means of protection. Anting-Anting, as both physical objects and embodying a collective memory, reflect the history and influences that have shaped the Philippines and the Filipino people. On view until Sunday 26 May 2019.
Engaging African Art: Highlights from the Horn Collection at the Flint Institute of Arts
Dr. Robert Horn began collecting African art more than fifty years ago, and his collection spans more than sixty African cultures, primarily from countries in Western and Central Africa. The collection includes masks as well as small- to medium-sized figures representing various spiritual, social, and ceremonial messages through ritual to status-related objects. Engaging African Art: Highlights from the Horn Collection at the Flint Institute of Arts until May 26, 2019, showcases the quality and diversity of this collection while at the same time demonstrating the rich diversity of African visual expressions and cultures.