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.
Treasures of Peru
An exhibition on view at the National Museum of Ethnography in Warsaw examines the archaeological work conducted by Polish and Peruvian scientists after they discovered the perfectly preserved funerary chamber of a high-ranking Wari aristocrat at the El Castillo site in Huarmey, northern Peru. This discovery greatly improved our understanding of the origins of the Inca Empire. Information about this pre-Inca culture has long been sparse, since sites known to have contained the remains of Wari dignitaries had long ago been looted or severely damaged by time and weather. "Treasures of Peru: The Royal Tomb of the Wari at El Castillo de Huarmey" presents 150 objects on loan from the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology,and History of Lima, many of which were excavated by the Polish and Peruvian archaeological teams. Beautiful ornaments, textiles symbolizing power and wealth, and ceramics—including comparable examples from areas sometimes thousands of kilometers apart—are among the artworks highlighted in the installation. The tomb that was discovered at El Castillo is also recreated through a multimedia presentation. More info on: www.ethnomuseum.pl.
Bourgogne Tribal Show 2018
The Bourgogne Tribal Show third edition will feature some twenty international dealers, who will be showing selections of their objects in the open-plan setting of this venue. It will be of particular interest for several reasons. Firstly, it celebrates the inclusion of several new participants with the arrivals of Jo De Buck of Brussels, Eric Hertault of Paris, Alexandra Pascassio and Davide Manfredi of Paris, Joaquin Pecci of Brussels, and Abla and Alain Lecomte of Paris. An exhibition titled Bestiaire du Monde (Bestiary of the World) in the Farinier space of the Cluny Abbey is a second reason for enthusiasts to visit the show, and it will remain open through June 24, 2018. As its title suggests, this show will explore the many ways in which animals are represented. It does so through a group of some thirty works provided by the show’s participants and selected by Aurélien Gaborit, curator of African art at the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. Unique to the Bourgogne Tribal Show this year will be the launch of the Artkhade Fairs online platform, a project produced by Artkhade in collaboration with show organizers Gus Adler & Filles, which will allow exhibitors to show the objects they are presenting at the show virtually to interested parties online and completely con dentially. This innovation has been successfully implemented at contemporary art shows and holds obvious promise for the tribal art world as well.
Golden Kingdoms at the Metopolitan
This major international loan exhibition at the Metropolitan will explore the idea of luxury in the Pre-Columbian Americas, particularly as seen in the associations between materials and meanings, from about 1000 BC until the arrival of Europeans in the early sixteenth century. Titled "Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas", the show will trace the development of metallurgy in the Andes and its expansion northward into Mexico. In contrast with other parts of the world, ancient Americans first used metal not for weaponry, tools, or coinage but for objects of ritual and ornament, which resulted in works of extraordinary creativity. In addition to objects of gold and silver, the exhibition will feature artworks made from shell, jade, and textile, materials that would have been considered even more valuable than noble metals. The exhibition will cast new light on the most precious works of art from the ancient Americas and provide new ways of thinking about materials, luxury, and the visual arts in a global perspective.
The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is presenting The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, the first major bilingual exhibition on one of the great civilizations of South America. It will explore why the Inka Road was built more than 500 years ago; for what purpose; and how its construction, without the use of metal, the wheel, or draft animals to pull heavy loads, stands as one of the world’s greatest engineering feats. Over its more than 100 years of use over the duration of the Inka Empire from the fourteenth century to the Spanish invasion in 1532, the extensive road served as a major axis for communication, transportation, expansion, administration, and political control. After the Spanish invasion, the road lost political meaning but never lost its signifi cance as a symbol and sacred space to the indigenous peoples in the region. Through images, maps, models, and 140 objects in the exhibition together illustrate important concepts in Andean cosmology and the principles of duality, reciprocity, and integration, while also offering examples of the road’s infrastructure and spirituality.
Best Of: A Look at a Collection at MEB
The Musée d’Ethnographie de l’Université de Bordeaux is presenting a selection of archives and works from its international collection. Through June 1, 2018, various objects from the world over shed light on the history and expeditions of this century-old institution, the second ethnographic museum, after the Trocadéro, to have opened in France. Moving through the decades, the installation starts with the museum’s founders and collaborators, and it casts light on the importance of its ethnographic collections. More information on: https://meb.u-bordeaux.fr
Jewelry ... Among Other Things
"Sieraden: makers en dragers" ("Jewelry: Made By, Worn By") is an homage to jewelry makers and presents more than a thousand objects from around the world. It explores manufacturing techniques as well as the history of each piece, whether ornaments made of gold, silver, and precious stones or of glass, shells, and seeds. All are the finest examples of their type from Holland’s four most important ethnographic museums. Part of the exhibition is devoted to contemporary creations inspired by ancestral traditions. The show will be held at the Volkenkunde Museum in Leiden and will be on view from December 13, 2017, until June 3, 2018. For more info please visit: https://volkenkunde.nl
Native American Art Sale
On June 4, 2018, Bonhams will hold its sale of Native American art. Traditionally held in San Francisco, henceforth this sale is shifting its venue to Los Angeles. It will feature art and artifacts from the native peoples of the Plains, the Woodlands, the Southwest, California, and the Northwest Coast and Arctic. One highlight will be a Haida argillite “ship’s type” panel pipe dating to the mid nineteenth century.
CULTURES - BRUNEAF 2018
The Sablon neighborhood will once again be the epicenter of the tribal art market from June 6 until June 10 with the third annual Cultures art fair, the notto-be-missed event born of the synergy of three fairs devoted to antiquities and non-European art: BAAF (antiquities), AAB (Asian art), and BRUNEAF (tribal art). As we go to press, sixty established galleries from Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, and the United States have confirmed that they will be participating. In keeping with the fair’s tradition of striving to complement the aesthetic experience with an intellectual one, several thematic exhibitions will be presented. One of them, organized by Galerie Didier Claes, will focus on Central African harps, the beautiful forms of which have been appreciated in Europe since the colonial period. Bela Sara, a painter originally from Chad who has lived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the 1940s, will be honored at Galerie Ambre Congo, which will stage a solo exhibition of his work titled Bela, le rythme au bout des doigts (Bela, the Rhythm at the Tips of His Fingers). In the realm of Asian art, Farah Massart of Famarte will present a thematic exhibition devoted to mandalas, essential instruments in the Tantric rituals designed to help people in their quest for truth.
Birds in African Art
The Baltimore Museum of Art is presenting a new exhibition that illustrates the honored place held by birds within numerous African cultures. Inspired by the recent acquisition of a rare Pende gitenga mask of the early to mid twentieth century, Beyond Flight: Birds in African Art considers the role of birds within initiation, healing, and harvest rituals; within home décor and security; and within hunting practices. Long considered wondrous beings that transcend known worlds, birds have enjoyed a strong and steady presence in African life for centuries. Included are works that cite birds by material or motif made in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Nigeria. This exhibition was co-curated by former Associate Curator of African Art Shannen Hill and Interim Associate Curator of African Art Kevin Tervala and can be seen until June 17, 2018.