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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A Bit na Ta
The Melbourne Museum in Victoria features "a Bit na Ta" (The Source of the Sea), a multimedia show featuring photographs, videos, and objects relating to the Tolai people of Blanche Bay in Papua New Guinea. The exhibition emphasizes this people’s capacity for resilience, since over the course of the century between 1875 and 1975, they endured colonization, war, volcanic eruptions, and the struggle for independence. It also explores their spiritual practices, especially the role of the Tubuan secret society, which continues to be a vital part of Tolai everyday life, particularly with regard to their relationship with the environment, resources, and the members of the community. The event is the fruit of a longstanding collaboration between Tolai singer George Mamua Telek and musician composer David Bridie, and together they have created a highly symbolic audiovisual installation that blends images, music, sound, and stories. The exhibition also features works by contemporary Tolai artist Lisa Hilli.
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.
Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire
This fascinating exhibition reveals ever-before-seen archaeological discoveries made by researches from all over the world working at Teotihuacan’s main pyramids—the Sun Pyramid, the Moon Pyramid, and the Feathered Serpent Pyramid— and that have fundamentally changed our understanding of the city’s history. It surveys these findings to illustrate the roles that objects and sculptural programs at these central locations played in the lives of Teotihuacan’s citizens. It also examines life in the urban and suburban residential sectors, where artisans created powerful works of art whose themes tied directly to the urban architecture that was carefully planned by the city’s ruling elite.
It was carried out in close collaboration with archaeologists from Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) as well as with experts from the United States and Europe. Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire will also be presented at the Los Angeles County Art Museum from March 25 to July 15, 2018.
Want to know more? Discover in Tribal Art magazine 85 the article of Matthew H. Robb about this wonderful exhibition.
San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show 2018
SAN FRANCISCO and SAN RAFAEL—A week of activities comprise what has come to be known as San Francisco Tribal Art Week. The event kicks off with the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show at Fort Mason Center February 8–11, 2018, and concludes with the American Indian Art Show Marin at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, California, February 17–18, 2018. Afi cionados of fi ne antique and contemporary ethnographic art will discover an extraordinary world of high-quality tribal and textile arts when the thirty-second annual San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show, presented by Objects of Art Shows, returns to the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. One of the world’s leading ethnographic art fairs, the event showcases the arts of tribal cultures and indigenous peoples of the Americas, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and Africa. More than ninety national and international galleries and exhibitors display museum-quality objects and artifacts, making this the perfect event for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Didier Claes from Brussels and Laurent Dodier from Le Val St. Pere in the Normandy region of France are signifi cant new additions to the show. The show will feature a special Aboriginal art exhibition by Australian art cooperative Yaama Ganu.
Art of the Americas
"Art of the Americas: Mesoamerican, Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei’s Permanent Collection" is the most comprehensive presentation to date of the Mingei International Museum’s significant holdings of objects made and used by people from the ancient cultures of Mexico and Central and South America. Objects featured in the exhibition straddle cultural boundaries, from the Olmec and Maya in Mexico to the Moche in Peru, as well as numerous localized ancient traditions and cultures, such as the indigenous Teuchitlán, Zoque, Huastec, and West Mexico societies. The works range from objects made for ritual and ceremonial use—figurines, vessels and sculptures depicting gods, shamans, animals, marine life, and floral motifs—to objects for domestic use, including jars, bowls, spindle whorls, ocarinas (wind instruments), roller stamps used for decorating cloth, and adornments such as beads and ear spools. A rare collection of Maya textile fragments and ancient beads will also be presented.
American Indian Art Show Marin 2018
The thirty-fourth annual American Indian Art Show Marin is the most significant showcase of antique American Indian art on the West Coast. With an emphasis on antique American Indian art as well as Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, and contemporary American Indian art, this show offers something for everyone, including jewelry, textiles, baskets, pottery, beadwork, sculpture, paintings, photography, books, and more.
2016 is the centenary of the birth of Dada. This landmark avant-garde artistic movement characterised by calling into question all extant aesthetic, political, and social ideas. In pursuit of this, Dada artists— poets, actors, painters, musicians, etc.—turned to non-Western cultures, and to Africa in particular, for inspiration. Above and beyond the fact that it created a new and unique language, one consequence of Dada’s emphasis on the importance of Africa was that it validated a material culture that had, until the advent of the avant-garde, been seen in Europe solely as part of the realm of anthropology. Essential questions concerning the universal history of art will be taken up in what promises to be a significant and historic exhibition titled Dada Afrika. It will present works by major artists such as Hans Arp, Hannah Höch, and Tristan Tzara alongside sculptures from Africa and elsewhere. The event is being organized by the Rietberg Museum and the Berlinische Galerie. It will be on view in Paris at Musée de l'Orangerie until February 19th.
Collecting Art, Collecting Memories
Twenty-five compelling works recently added to the collection of the Asian Art Museum— including expressive indigenous carving, jewelry, textiles, Spanish colonial devotional statues, postwar genre and landscape paintings, and works of contemporary art—are among the artworks that have been brought together for a special exhibition that relates the fascinating and complex stories of the Philippines. "Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories" reveals the Philippines’ role as a center of artistic exchange and innovation, where artists with their own indigenous religions and traditions were exposed to new ideas from the trade between China and India. The expansion of Islam to the archipelago, and later the long periods of Spanish and American colonialism, have made the arts of the Philippines unlike those from anywhere else in the world. On view until March 11, 2018, this exhibition is the result of more than a decade of study and collecting by the museum’s curatorial team.
Gods in Leather, Heroes in Wood
As part of the 2017 Europalia festival, the Musée International du Carnaval et du Masque is exploring the cultural richness of the theater practices of the Indonesian archipelago. From the wayang kulit shadow theater to the wayang golek puppet theater and a variety of masked dances, the exhibition "Dieux de cuir, héros de bois" presents fascinating insight into the islands of Java and Bali, where the culture of theater is a mix of reinterpretations, adaptations, and creations intimately linked to the various Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and European influences that have marked the history of the region. It brings together some one hundred pieces, thirty of which come from the museum’s collection and the rest from the private collection of Claude Lavallé, who is passionate about Indonesian puppets and masks and worked for ten years at the National Museum of Jakarta. For more info, please visit: www.museedumasque.be