Paris Art + Design
The art and design fair par excellence, PAD Paris will be held at the Jardin des Tuileries March 22–26. This resolutely aesthetic event, which is held in autumn in London and again in spring in the City of Light, is an affirmation of a collecting experience rooted in the power of form and the dialog between artistic styles. Three local Parisian exhibitors will represent the realms of African and Oceanic art at this year’s event: Galerie Afrique, Galerie Flak, and Galerie Lucas Ratton.
The new exhibition of the Museum of Tahiti and the Islands highlights an emblematic object of the Marquesas islands : the tiki. Researchers, experts, academics and local players in the Marquesan culture have joined together around an issue that is both simple and complex: What is tiki ? The polysemy of the word tiki makes it hard to understand. Indeed, it can refer to both the anthropomorphic statue and the pattern. But in an esoteric context, it refers to the phallus joining the mythological dimension linked to the first man, the personification of the male sex and procreative power : Tiki. The exhibition and the book that accompanies it will explore the different meanings of the word tiki around three axes - oral tradition, reason, anthropomorphic statue. Ethnology, linguistics, sociology, archeology will successively try to give the tiki back its meaning and shed light on the links that unite Tiki. One hundred objects from the collections of the Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, private collections and Marquesas communities loans will be displayed in a context that will offer a different reading.
ForM at the Tischenko Gallery in Helsinki
The exhibition forM at the Tischenko Gallery in Helsinki introduces the Japanese aesthetic of shibui objects into the world of Marcel Duchamp's readymades, found objects. As with Duchamp, the best examples of shibusa are found in ordinary objects made to be used. The objects on display in forM are common objects from Siberia. The viewer is left to draw for themselves the beauty of the objects, turning the viewer into an artist.
New acquisitions at Galerie Patrik Frölich
In Keeping with its schedule over the last few years, Galerie Patrick Fröhlich of Zurich will mark the arrival of Spring with an exhibition presenting its recent acquisitions. Art lovers who visit his gallery between now and March 31 will have the opportunity to discover objects from old private Swiss collections including a ci-Wara Headrest Bamana from Mali and other ritual objects.
Côte d'Ivoire N°3
From March 2 until 31, Alain Bovis Gallery presents its third exhibition dedicated to the Arts from Ivory Coast, after those organized in 2007 and 2010. Inexhaustible source of refinement and delight, these Arts arouse never ending passions. This success is mainly due to the diversity of its people and ritual objects, the variety of styles and iconography, as well as the existence of masterpieces and emblematic objects. On the occasion, Alain Bovis gallery has selected Baule, Dan, Guere and Senoufo objects. The opening is scheduled on March 2nd, famous for "le jeudi des Beaux-Arts".
binoche et giquello : Important American Collection of Pre-Columbian Art Sale
Auctioneers Binoche et Giquello will offer a group of Pre-Columbian works from a prestigious New York collection on March 31. Terracotta sculptures from ancient West Mexico will be particularly well represented, and their high quality and modernist forms make this an unusually cohesive group. Particularly well represented are the Chupicuaro substyle as well as pieces from the broader region of Nayarit, the latter notably represented by a female birthing figure. A group of stone figures from Guerrero will be offered with estimates ranging from 10,000 to 100,000 euros. Other highlights include a small Maya jade pendant with a high estimate of 60,000 euros and an interesting group of ancient works from Peru and Costa Rica. Some of the auction’s major pieces will be familiar to inveterate enthusiasts, since they were included in Ancient West Mexico: Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past, a memorable exhibition from the 1990s shown first at the Art of Institute of Chicago and then at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. They can be seen again on Thursday, March 30, at the preview for this auction.
Eclectic - a collection of the XXIth Century
Through the aesthetic and intellectual vision of the French collector Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, this exhibition investigates the way a private collection builds itself in the XXIth Century. What is the degree of subjectivity in the choices of a collector? Is it possible, today, to build a collection without passion? Éclectique – Une collection du XXIe siècle offers an insight in this process through the discovery 40 artworks, mostly african, from Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière's collection. Fang, Baoulé, Dogon masterworks are displayed side by side with classical works from other fields (greek ceramics, roman marbles,...) reflecting the approach of the collector who only turned to non-occidental art passed 2003, and who explains that the guiding principle of his collection is emotion and dialog between civilisations.
From the Jourdain River to the Congo River - Art and Christianity in Central Africa
This exhibition traces 5 centuries of cultural mixing and exchanges between kongo peoples of Central Africa and the christian religion, which resulted in a unique production of objects such as female Christs, saints figures with african features, necklaces with crosses,... In 1482, the Portuguese sailor Diego Cao discovers the mouth of the Congo river and establish a contact with the large realm of Kongo. A vast evangelistic campaign then starts. The exhibition presents a hundreds of artworks inspired by the Christian religion and stemming from european private and public collections. These items, often surprising for an occidental eye, reflect the power relationships from the colonial period until the XXth Century, and demonstrate the cultural interpenetration at work.
The Galerie Vallois at ART PARIS
As part of its programming "Paris-Cotonou-Paris », Galerie Vallois will participate in the 2017 edition of Art Paris, placed this year under the theme of Africa. On this occasion, Galerie Vallois will present 7 Beninese and Franco-Beninese artists as well as artists living in Benin that it promotes and including Marius Dansou, King Houndekpinkou, Rémy Samuz, Richard Korblah, Gérard Quénum, Dominique Zinkpè and Tchif. They combine tradition and modernity as well as highlighting substantial contemporary issues. Art Paris will be held at the Grand Palais from 30 March to 2 April 2017. More information about the fair is available on the following website : www.artparis.com/en.
The Laprugne Collection and property from various owners
On April 4, Christie’s will hold a two-part sale in Paris. Composed of seventy-nine lots with a total estimated value of between 1,500,000 and 2,500,000 euros, the first part of the sale will consist of the noted Laprugne Collection. The selection of high-quality objects that Christie’s will offer includes a remarkable group of seven Kota reliquary guardian figures. The Laprugne Collection will be followed by a mixed sale of property of various owners. In it will be a group of small-scale African works that are likely to arouse a great deal of interest among collectors of miniatures. Among the selection of fine masks from Africa and Oceania is an example with particularly pure lines from the Sepik River of Papua New Guinea, formerly in the André Lefèvre Collection.