Until March 19, 2017, Huicholes: A People Walking Towards the Light will be presented at the Canadian Museum of History, after which it will move to the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto in April. The exhibition examines the historical heritage and cultural traditions of the Huichol, a people from western Mexico, known worldwide for their magnifi cent yarn paintings and beaded embroidery. Rich in meaning, the artworks in the show reveal the depth of the worldview of this Huichol, whose history can be traced back some 15,000 years. Highlights include a series of twenty-six paintings by artist and shaman José Benítez Sánchez, various artifacts such as fabrics and objects of worship, and photographs that provide a rare window into the lifestyle and spiritual traditions of the Huichol.
The Ramanyana narrated by the masks Rajbanchi
From 8 April until 10 September, this exhibition takes you on a journey through the northern regions of India and southern Nepal. It was born from a dream: to create a museum in Nepal that celebrates the arts of Nepalese or neighboring ethnic minorities. A set of 90 ancient masks evokes the Ramayana. This long mythological epic tells of Rama's struggle to recover his wife, Sita, abducted by Ravana, 10-headed demon of Ceylon, with the help of Hanuman and his army of monkeys. It is commemorated during shows performed by inhabitants who, for several days, play the major events of this story by climbing or masking. Some paintings of the Mithila and a series of textiles from Bhutan enrich the collection which offers a wide panorama of the artistic production of a people too often ignored. The exhibition is held at the Museo d'Arte Orientale in Venice before continuing at the Bernard and Caroline de Watteville Foundation in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. More information about tne exhibition available on :http://www.letoitdumonde.net/index.php/agenda
The Vonpischmeyer Collection
The Mask Museum in Binche presents "The Vonpischmeyer Collection": a "real-fake" collection named after an imaginary explorer and collector - Vonpischmeyer - and whose objects were assembled by a real artist - Olivier Goka. The result is nothing less than surprising: a set of plastic sculptures, whose inspiration was directly drawn from pieces kept in museums of African tribal arts. In this way, Olivier Goka explores the theme of reappropriation of everyday objects in art. He also questions the challenges of recycling; he used a big amount of pieces of plastic, collected, classified and meticulously assembled for years. Discover the offbeat look of an artist who juggles with truth and falsehood, tradition and novelty, sacred and secular wastes of our household appliances and world of consumerism! More information on www.museedumasque.be.
Espace Tribal presents Café Tribal
How about coming over to wake up gently courtesy of Tribal Art magazine, at the Espace Tribal during the Parcours des mondes? On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10 am to 11 am, specialists, museum curators, and collectors will meet for a discussion forum centered on specific themes. This year, the overarching subject will be the mixing of artistic forms. These discussions will center around the art installation in the space by gallerist Javier Peres titled The Lion and the Jewel. His approach counterpoints different time periods, styles, cultures, and techniques, together providing subject matter for the discussions that will be moderated by Elena Martínez-Jacquet, editor-in-chief of Tribal Art magazine. In addition to that, other activities will be organised every afternoon at Espace Tribal. Do not miss these exciting meetings. Program details can be found on www.parcours-des-mondes.com!
Stop Ma Pa Ta (My Raw Material is Not Your Material)
The Villa Arson is presenting an exhibition of artists from Benin in collaboration with the Lobozounkpa Art and Cultural Center in Cotonou. The exhibition highlights the emergence of an artistic production revealing not only their roots and their culture but also their strong desire to question the present time and the closest political and anthropological events. The majority of artists featured in the exhibition live in their country and have been developing art forms influenced both by traditional and by contemporary techniques, adapting all the while to economic constraints and retaining a sharp awareness of the materials that they use. Featuring works by : Richard Korblah, Edwige Aplogan, Aston, Benjamin Déguénon, Daavo, Kifouli Dossou, Euloge Glèlè, Prince Toffa, Charles Placide, Psycoffi, Gérard Quenum, Julien Vignikin, Didier Viodé and Dominique Zinkpé. The exhibition is produced with the support of the Galerie Vallois (Paris), who is organizing a Paris/Cotonou/Paris season for 2017.
New exhibition dedicated to the arts of Gabon
After Kota in 2003 and Fang in 2006, Philippe Ratton will dedicate a third exhibition to the arts of Gabon in his Paris gallery. Titled simply Gabon, the show will highlight the many artistic traditions that flourished there, the formal qualities of which were so readily apparent to tribal art pioneers such as Paul Guillaume. Without claiming to be exhaustive, the selection of 45 objects emphasizes the differences — and even oppositions— between the sculptural solutions that their creators made use of. The group of so-called “white masks” in the show alone is enough to demonstrate the richness of Gabonese art. The naturalism of these Punu masks is in clear contrast to the tenderness of the four faces of a Fang ngontang helmet mask, each face of which reveals different stylistic characteristics. Contrasting examples of reliquary guardian figures will also be featured. Among these are flat Kota creations, as well as the rounded volumes of classic Fang sculptures.
African and Oceanic art from historic collections
This exhibition is formed by a careful selection of 16 artworks from Africa, Oceania and the Northwest Coast of America. Coming from the collections of renowned, historic and prestigious collectors and dealers – among them Arthur Speyer form Berlin, Jef Vander-Straete from Belgium, André Breton/ Paul Éluard and Tristan Tzara from Paris and Max Kofler from Switzerland – these works of art have been choosen by some of the best-known individuals committed to the art of African and Oceania. Each of them succeeded in building a very personal collection, whereat the pursuit of the highest quality was the shared element. The exhibition will be accompanied by an eponymous catalogue. Galerie Patrik Fröhlich will exhibit at Galerie GNG, 3, rue Visconti, during Parcours des mondes 2017. For more info please visit: http://www.tribalartmagazine.com/annonceurs-6#advertiser_309.
Arts from Upper Volta
The arts of the Volta River regions are still relatively little known as old sculptures are very rare. This exhibition, made up of about fifteen masks, statues and utilitarian objects from Mossi, Lobi, Bobo, Gurunsi, Bwa and Nuna cultures promises many discoveries to interested collectors. This art seduces with its variety, its often geometric and abstract forms, and the richness of its colors, with brown, red and white predominating. A feast for the eyes and for the spirit! By Dandrieu-Giovagnoni, Rome, at 15, rue des Beaux-Arts, during Parcours des mondes 2017. For more info please visit: http://www.tribalartmagazine.com/advertisers-id-32-ed
For the September 2017 Parcours des Mondes, Galerie Lucas Ratton is showing an ensemble of Bambara works. This Malian ethnic group has produced a great diversity of objects, and its exceptionally rich sculptural traditions resonate with a correspondingly wide variety of rituals. After his last exhibition on animals, Lucas Ratton had the opportunity to assemble this group of Bambara sculptures, and it represents the fruit of several years of research. Parcours des Mondes 2017 will be the perfect venue for sharing this passion for these Bambara masks, marionettes and other ritual sculptures that never cease to amaze with their modern forms, and arouse unique feelings and reactions in those who view them. A catalog will be published for the show. Galerie Lucas Ratton (Paris) will exhibit at 33, rue de Seine during Parcours des mondes 2017. For more info please visit: http://www.tribalartmagazine.com/annonceurs-13#advertiser_306.
Batéké. Sophie and Claude Lehuard collection
Abla and Alain Lecomte’s thematic exhibitions are always inspired by that part of Africa they have the greatest affinity for, the Lower Congo. What is fresh each time is their desire to present things in a new light, while always retaining a same “backdrop” of art, magic, and medicine… Galerie Abla et Alain Lecomte (Paris) will exhibit at 4, rue des Beaux-Arts, during Parcours des mondes 2017. For more information please visit: http://www.tribalartmagazine.com/advertisers-9#advertiser_312.