Marceau Rivière Collection @ Sotheby's
On June 18 and 19 Sotheby's Paris will offer works from one of the most important collections of African art still in private hands. This is the collection of Marceau Rivière, an erudite aficionado and dealer, and an expert in Sub-Saharan African art whose discretion is proportional to the splendor of this collection of 250 major pieces, many of which have appeared in important publications and exhibitions. The story of the Marceau Rivière Collection goes back more than fifty years and is a reflection of a life passionately devoted to the art of Africa. The first mask that Rivière acquired, at the age of eleven, attests to the depth and fascination for Africa. After having been presented in London, Hong Kong, Brussels, Monaco, New York, and Copenhagen, the pieces will conclude their world tour at 76 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris with a final public preview from June 13–18. The catalog is available on line : https://www.sothebys.com/pdf/2019/PF1928/index.html?cmp=email____tribal_news_tribal_news_riviere_pf1928_21-may-2019
Ancestral Visions. Papoua-New-Guinea Art from the Sepik-Ramu
Ancestral Visions: Papua New Guinea Art from the Sepik–Ramu is a joint exhibition and publishing project embarked upon with the idea of creating a synergetic dialog between outstanding works of art, in-depth scholarship, and visual stimulation. It was conceived with a focus upon a geographic and cultural region of Oceania that offered the possibility to gather a related and well-considered group of artworks that would be of interest to the connoisseur as well as to the general public. To this end the selection of objects amalgamated the holdings of a few important Low Countries private collections, which were mainly formed in the mid twentieth century, with other pieces brought to Europe from New Guinea during the pre-WWI period of German colonial mercantile and scientific activity there. Most of the pieces presented in the exhibition and book can be ranked among the fi nest extant examples we now have on record. A non-commercial event, the exhibition will be presented in the elegant Lempertz showrooms, near the Sablon district of Brussels, from May 24 until June 28, 2019.
Ode to Dogon Art at Galerie Flak
After having participated in the 2019 MATA show in New York and the Bourgogne Tribal Show, Galerie Flak will present a special exhibition at its permanent space on Rue des Beaux Arts. The event will open on June 6, 2019, in association with Jeudi des Beaux-Arts (Beaux-Arts Thursday), in which most of the galleries on this well-known street of the Saint- Germain-des-Prés neighborhood participate. Through June 29 aficionados and beginners alike will have the opportunity to experience Dogon: Art ancestral du Mali, an exhibition that honors this culture’s remarkable art. The exhibition features major works, such as a double figure from the André Fourquet Collection and a Niongom fi gure published in Hélène Leloup’s acclaimed 1994 Statuaire Dogon. The show will strive to highlight the nuances that lie at the heart of pre-Dogon and Dogon ancestral art through a selection of about thirty pieces that includes sculptures, masks, and architectural elements.
The Southern Athabaskans
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe is exhibiting more than 100 cultural objects dating from the late 1880s to the present and representing the lifeways of the different Apachean groups in New Mexico and Arizona. "Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans" features basketry, beaded clothing, and hunting and horse gear from the Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, Fort Sill Apache (Chiricahua), San Carlos Apache, and White Mountain Apache—distinct cultural groups that are connected by a common language. This show provides a rare glimpse into the cosmology and daily lives of diverse Apache groups, detailing not only how these items were used in everyday life but also the belief systems and cosmology symbolized in their construction.
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.
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.
“Wax Fever” Breaks Out in Barcelona
This summer, Guilhem Montagut Gallery is launching an unusual—indeed possibly unprecedented— project. For Wax Fever: From Africa to Barcelona, which will open on June 20, 2019, the Catalan dealer is giving guest curator Elena Martínez-Jacquet carte blanche for a two-pronged exhibition that will feature Cora & Lea brand African wax-print garments displayed in conjunction with African art objects. This will be the third exhibition at the gallery’s recently inaugurated space on Pau Claris street, and it will be an opportunity to provide context to these wax-resist textiles, which have become so pervasive throughout Africa that their European and colonial origins are often forgotten. In the exhibition, these will be juxtaposed with an array of traditional works to which they relate. Textiles sometimes borrow designs or ideas from other art forms or concepts, and, in Africa, a longstanding textile tradition attests to the importance of decoration and the body. A final creative element in this multifaceted show is photography. Rocio Durand will present works that lie at the intersection of fashion and art. This hybrid, innovative, and inspiring exhibition will be on view through July 27.
Summer with Jacques Germain
For many years now, Jacques Germain has been on a mission to promote interest in African art in his native Canada and to help develop fi ne private collections there. This summer, he is putting on an exhibition that will be available for the public to see by appointment from June 22–July 27, 2019, that honors today’s active Canadian collectors. It will feature major pieces, such as a Yombe maternity figure that formerly belonged to renowned artist Antoni Tàpies, and every piece in the show will be drawn from Canadian collections. The diversity and quality of the objects on display attest to the maturity and taste of the “young tribe” of Canadian collectors and will themselves undoubtedly generate more new interest.
Bourgogne and the Idols
The Bourgogne Tribal Show is preparing an ambitious fourth installment this year. Held once again in its usual bucolic setting, it is opening itself to other art disciplines— contemporary and modern art; medieval art; the classical arts of China, India, and Japan; and Egyptian antiquities. Material from these fields will complement the quality works of African, Oceanic, and Native American art that have been the show’s mainstay since its inception. As always, the venue for the fair will be the estate of contemporary art dealer Bruno Mory, located near Besanceuil. It will be held from May 30–June 2, 2019, and an exhibition intended for the general public will also be on view in the Farinier building at the Abbaye de Cluny through July 28. Titled Idols, it is the brainchild of wellknown visual artist and tribal art enthusiast Coco Fronsac.
Reimagining Captain Cook
The voyages of Oceanic explorer Captain James Cook, whose legacy is now seen by many as controversial, profoundly and durably marked vast areas of the Pacific. Even today, he remains a larger-than-life figure to whom responsibility for the course of history is assigned, and he retains an almost mythical status in the works of Pacifi c artists. The British Museum is honoring this pivotal figure with a show of artworks from the South Seas on view until August 4, 2019, that reveal how he has been represented. Artists Michel Tuffery, Lisa Reihana, and Steve Gibbs revisit the life and work of this famed captain, who departed the shores of England 250 years ago to sail into the great unknown.