Winter Bruneaf 2018
Tribal art aficionados are well aware that every year the galleries of the Sablon neighborhood come out of hibernation for Winter BRUNEAF, an event that brings together some thirty Belgian and foreign dealers to present an array of artworks to collectors and to one another. The dates for the 2018 event are January 24– 28. No specific thematic shows have been announced but participating dealers will undoubtedly be staging interesting and worthwhile exhibitions. A list of the members of this dealers’ association that produces events in both December and June can be found on its recently renovated website.
Brussels Art Fair (BRAFA) 2018
The Brussels Arts and Antiquities Fair (BRAFA) is a major annual art event that will be held this year from January 27–February 4, 2018, as usual at the prestigious Thurn & Taxis venue. For several years now, BRAFA has established itself as a leading general antiques fair and the one that now hosts the largest number of participating dealers specializing in tribal art. That presence will increase again this year with a record total of fifteen galleries listed on the fair’s website under the heading of “Primitive and Pre-Columbian Art.” Didier Claes is making another daring move by deciding to show Yaka initiation masks. Impressive in size, vividly colored, and boldly constructed with a thick raffi a fi ber fringe, these undeniably beautiful objects are anything but classical. Jacques Germain he will be focusing on works from Côte d’Ivoire this year, offering a number of Senufo, Bété, and Anyi works. Serge Schoffel also returns this year and will be showing a group of important African pieces, including a Fang reliquary guardian fi gure, as well as a wide variety of Oceanic works. The galleries of uncle and nephew Charles and Philippe Ratton will share a booth at BRAFA this year as an homage to the Ratton family dealer dynasty, of which they represent the second and third generations. BRAFA will also host the Guilhem Montagut Gallery for the first time this year. He will offer, some twenty major African artworks, among which a Kwele mask from Gabon and several Dogon sculptures are particularly worthy of mention.
Sale of art of Africa, the Pacific and the Americas
With more than 170 years of experience, the auction house Lempertz starts the year on a high note. The office in Brussels specializing in African and Oceanic art sales is organizing an interesting auction on January 31, 2018 at 2 pm in the Belgian capital. Among many unique objects of various origins, this auction includes artworks from an important Dutch private collection, Ivory Coast masks from the Charles Hug Collection as well as pieces from the Frans and Betty Voss Collection (including a female Yoruba figure estimated between 30,000 and 50,000 euros). The artworks on sale will come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali as well as from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines and Brazil. The impatient ones will be able to discover the 362 lots during the previews on Wednesday 24 January, Saturday 27 January 27 (10 am - 6 pm), Sunday 28 January (11 am - 5 pm), Monday 29 January and Tuesday 30 January ( 10 am - 6 pm). A catalog is available on request. Address of the sale: 6 Rue du Grand Cerf, 1000 Brussels. For more information, please contact the Brussels office at +32 2 514 05 86 or email@example.com
Coco Fronsac. The Cabinet of Wonders
For over 30 years, Coco Fronsac has walked the flea markets in search of photographic portraits from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Coco Fronsac gives them life by drawing or painting directly on the photo, masks of Oceanian art, African or Yup'Ik. Most of these masks exist and belong to artists and collectors. From December 2 to January 28, Espace Gainville in Aulnay sous Bois (North East of Paris) exhibits original photographs, reproductions of enlarged works, personal objects of the artist, casts, fotos and videos .
Since it was discovered at the beginning of the twentieth century, the Nazca civilisation has fascinated the world. Its geoglyphs, aqueducts, textiles, and elaborate polychrome ceramics have riveted the attention of archaeologists. "Nazca. Peru" traces the history of this pre-Inca people of southern Peru and reveals their way of life and the challenges of survival in the region, as well as the techniques they used to create their art, the rituals of their funerary rites, and their mythology. The 300 objects on display include a group of five hitherto unseen textiles discovered by archaeologist Giuseppe Orefici at Cahuachi, a major Nazca ceremonial center. Not surprisingly, part of the exhibition is devoted to the astonishing geoglyphs of Palpa and Nazca. The exhibition concludes with an examination of the work of artist Elena Izcue, revealing the influences that Pre-Colombian textiles have had on modern art and ceramics.
The Mentawai from Indonesia
This exhibition was launched thanks to a recent donation of a part of the Reimar Schefold collection to the Museum Volkenkunde (https://volkenkunde.nl) at Leiden University, where he was professor emeritus of cultural anthropology and sociology of Indonesia. Visitors can discover ancient traditions alongside contemporary expressions of one of earth’s last thriving indigenous cultures: the Mentawai. This people inhabits for centuries the Mentawai Islands, an archipelago about 150 kilometers off the western coast of Sumatra. Their religious beliefs continue to shape their thoughts and actions. Being animist, they believe that all things in nature, whether plant or utensil, possess a soul. Everything must therefore be treated with respect, and this is why they live simply and in harmony with the natural world that surrounds them. The exhibition focuses on the question of how traditions continue to maintain their values today. To what extent do the Mentawai want to be part of a globalizing world? Can they combine old traditions with a modern way of life? It coincides with the publication of the book "Toys for the Souls: Life and Art on the Mentawai Islands", authored by Reimar Schefold (http://www.tribalartmagazine.com/fischbacher/art-books/?a=view&id=382&lang=fr). For more info discover the exclusive interview of Reimar Schefold in Tribal Art magazine 85.
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.
Territory of Dreams
From December 1, 2017, an exhibition at the Pierre Arnaud Foundation will showcase contemporary Aboriginal art. Over one hundred works will be featured, most from the Bérengère Primat Collection. Together they illustrate the diversity, richness, and vitality of this art, which has its roots in a 65,000-year-old culture that was all but unrecognized in Western art circles until the 1970s. Aboriginal art raises a number of cultural, artistic, political, and ecological questions, as exemplified by the work of the Ghost Net weavers. These Torres Strait Islander artists create works from the lost or abandoned plastic fishing nets in the sea that threaten to destroy the fragile marine ecosystem on which their survival depends. Since time immemorial, Aboriginal artists have created representations of the Dream and the voyages of the Dreaming Ancestors, which are seen as the basis of human existence. These subjects, as well as that of the reciprocal connection between man and the earth (and the sea) are the exhibition’s common thread. Territoire du Rêve. It has five parts: the territory of the Dream; Arnhem Land and its bark works; the art of the Australians of the desert regions and the Papunya Tula school; the art of the Kimberley area; and the Ghost Net weaving described above. Although it has existed for millennia, Aboriginal art has renewed itself through the integration of new techniques while retaining its unique spiritual power.