Hugo Pratt, skylines
Like his protagonist, Corto Maltese, Italian cartoonist Hugo Pratt was an avid and enthusiastic traveler. His drawings are replete with references to his trips. "Hugo Pratt, lignes d’horizon" explores the places that were dear to him, from the “Great Ocean” to the “Great North” by way of “Amazonia,” the “People of the Sun,” “Africa,” and the “Indians.” The first part of the exhibition features his original drawings, shown in conjunction with the cultural artifacts that enriched his visual universe. The latter are drawn from the museum's collection, augmented by loans from other institutions. The second part is an immersive experience into the artist’s imagination using graphics and sound. Recurring themes in his work, such as trance states and music, shamanism and divination, and signs and symbols, are explored. Another interesting part of this exhibition features two headdresses, one from the Great Plains of the United States and another from Ethiopia, given to the Musée des Confluences by collector Antoine de Galbert. His donation included more than 500 pieces of this kind, complemented by a few full costumes. After being inventoried, studied, and, in some cases, restored, the collection will be the subject of an exhibition in 2019.
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.
Made in Africa
Africa is an immense and extremely varied continent that is too often referred to as a single entity. Its 30 million square kilometers are home to more than fifty countries, and the reductionist and inaccurate notion that they can all be lumped together is what the Made in Africa exhibition at the Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde seeks to dispel. On view until September 30, 2018, It offers a teeming presentation of designs and inspiring creations from all over the continent, with an emphasis on the utilitarian objects of daily life. The brilliant creativity that African artists and craftspeople evince goes beyond their borders, and the things they produce find their way into all facets of Western life. The exhibition strives to trace origins and honor the autochthonous and avant-garde creators, whose work is a far cry from the factories that churn out the prefabricated objects we associate with the “Made in China” label.
Nicolas Rolland : Gallery Opening!
After having been a private dealer for nearly ten years, and simultaneously producing publications such as Afrique. À l’ombre des dieux (Somogy, 2017) and Galerie Pigalle. Afrique. Océanie (Somogy, 2018), Nicolas Rolland is opening a street-level public gallery where he will be able to share his knowledge and acumen with the public at large. The space is well known to art aficionados, as it is the gallery at 7 Rue Visconti formerly occupied by Maine Durieu and so has long been associated with tribal art. Rolland opened the renovated space on February 14, 2019, and he will welcome visitors there Thursday–Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., as well as by appointment. He plans to present thematic exhibitions as well as installations that juxtapose pieces he loves in various art forms. He is a welcome addition to the vibrant scene on Rue Visconti.
Beyond Compare: African Art at the Bode Museum
Beginning on October 27, 2017, the Bode Museum
will present a “conversation between continents”
with an exhibition that features more than seventy African
sculptures from the collection of the Berlin Museum
of Ethnology. Beyond Compare sets up a dialog between
objects from Central and West Africa and masterpieces
from Byzantium, Italy, and central Europe. The exhibition
intends to create new interactions that highlight
unexpected similarities as well as differences between
artworks from unrelated traditions. More than thirty juxtapositions
illustrate major themes in human existence
such as power, death, beauty, memory, aesthetics, and
identity. On view through spring 2019, this show goes
beyond the mere comparison of sculptural traditions to
open interesting new perspectives.
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Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey
Central to the career of Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) were intimate relationships and professional friendships that defined his life and work as well as his quest to understand his own spirituality and that of other cultures. Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey, on view at the de Young Museum until April 7, 2019, presents the progression and scope of his oeuvre from an early drawing of his wife, Mette Gad, c. 1873, to late and well-known works painted in Tahiti or inspired by his time in the Pacific. It does so through a stunning array of Gauguin’s paintings, ceramics, wood carvings, and works on paper counterpointed by Oceanic sculptures. Period photography and excerpts from Gauguin’s letters and writings highlight key periods of his travel, relationships, and creativity. More than fifty of the Gauguin works are on loan from the renowned collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen. Also included is a new video work, First Impressions: Paul Gauguin, by interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara, which was commissioned by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Glyptotek and addresses the colonial gaze represented by Gauguin and turns it back toward Western culture. The exhibition includes rare artworks from the de Young’s collection, each corresponding to the time of Gauguin’s travel and work in the region. Together these provide context for the Pacific histories, beliefs, and art forms that captured Gauguin’s imagination and inspired his work.
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.
Pre-Columbian Art Sale at Christie's
Christie’s Paris will present on 9 April its annual Pre-Columbian auction, led by the most important private Swiss collection of Mezcala art with 90 works and further 50 lots with various owner provenances, ranging in date from 900 B.C. to 1350 A.D., from the cultures of Mezcala, Maya, Colima, Valdivia, Aztec and Veraguas. The auction is valued at a mid-estimate of €1.5 million. Viewing : From Friday 5 to Monday 8 April, 10 am-6 pm. Tuesday 9 April, 10 am-noon at Christie's, 9 Avenue Matignon in Paris.
The Marie Séraphique
BOGOTA—Nantes to Africa to Santo Domingo to Nantes—such was the sadly famous and infernal itinerary of the Marie-Séraphique, the French slave ship that set sail from its country’s shores at the end of the eighteenth century. Thanks to the fact that the colonials of the period kept exacting records, the story can be accurately reconstructed and told today. A bordo de un navío esclavista, La Marie-Séraphique (Aboard a Slave Ship: the Marie-Séraphique) was developed by the Musée d’Histoire de Nantes – Château des Ducs de Bretagne and will be presented through April 7, 2019, at the Museo del Oro de Bogotá. It traces the painful history that caused the displacement of over thirteen million men, women, and children to the Caribbean coasts and, significantly, to Colombia, where the city of Cartagena became the largest port for this human trafficking. The Colombian museum relates this history to its own, as it focuses on the deeds of the Spanish colonists and the ravages they caused in the search for Indian gold.
The Château des Ducs de Bretagne will be riding the South American contemporary art wave with a show of the work of photographer Charles Fréger, who captures the world of the masquerades of the descendants of African slaves, who celebrate the memory of their lost cultures. Cimarron: Charles Fréger, on view through April 14, 2019, is an ode to multiculturalism, in which indigenous and colonial influences combine and play off one another, creating a new and unique situation.