Staying in line
An examination of the concepts of singularity and similarity is the focus of a unique thematic exhibition on view at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel until May 28, 2017. Titled Staying in Line: Single Objects in Series, it seeks to show how, whether from Papua New Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, or India, all works in the field of ethnology are unique insofar as they are the creations of the hand of man, yet they gain interest from being admired side by side with other works of the same type. The consideration of a group of works together can be extremely revealing, insofar as this makes it possible to understand the differences that distinguish each individual piece. Variants illustrate the evolution of styles, the individual characteristics of each artist’s hand, and how certain ritual conventions function.
Bourgogne Tribal Show 2017
After a first success in 2016, the second edition of Bourgogne Tribal Show will be held May 25–28, 2017, again in Besanceuil (just north of Lyon) on property belonging to contemporary art dealer Bruno Mory. This atypical show that combines tribal, Asian, and Islamic art in a convivial atmosphere—fueled in part by the region’s great wines—has been attracting new exhibitors, including Jean-Christophe Charbonnier (Paris), Patrice Brémond (Nice), Charles-Wesley Hourdé (Paris), Jonathan Hope (London), and David Serra (Barcelona), all of whom will add to the show’s international dimension. Also for the second time, non-European art will be featured in a special exhibition in the nearby Farinier at the Abbaye de Cluny, the theme of which is childhood. It will be composed of objects from the participating dealers’ private collections. More info on www.bourgognetribalshow.com.
L'exposition "Masques d'Afrique" initialement prévue pour le mois de mars, ouvrira ses portes le 13 avril lors d'un vernissage qui se tiendra à la galerie de Juan Les Pins de 14h à 19h. Parmi les masques exposés, deux masques lwena de la collection Christiaens, le fameux YAKA de la collection G. Dehondt et Kjersmeier, et un très beau SONGEY de la collection Billy Wilder (, le cinéaste du fameux film "Some Like It Hot" - 1959). Lors de cette exposition, la galerie Kongo Arts met principalement à l'honneur les masques d'initiation et les masques de sociétés secrètes. A découvrir jusqu'à la fin mai.
Zulu Masterworks at Dawson Gallery
Dawson Gallery in Chicago is currently presenting a selection of traditional Zulu earthenware vessels of South Africa. The approximately twenty vessels were made within the last forty years by the Master Zulu Potter Mncana Nzuza. Traditional Zulu beer vessels, ukhamba, are characterized by simple, usually globular shapes and a glossy jet-black surface. The surface decoration, abstract geometric designs in most cases, is either etched into the surface or applied. They are unique in the corpus of African ceramics in that they are usually without a rim/mouth or foot. However like many African ceramics they traditionally play a fundamental role in the spiritual life of the Zulu. On view at the Dawson Gallery in Chicago until June 10.
"Les Mutants", by Soly Cissé
As part of Art Paris Art Fair, the Dapper museum puts the artist Soly Cissé in the spotlight. Very prolific, his work gathers drawings, paintings, videos and sculptures together. The exhibition "Les Mutants" features twenty works for the first time in France and echoes some of the traditional sculptures displayed in the current exhibition “Masterpieces from Africa". The Senegalese artist likes transgressing the major artistic trends of the 20th century. After interrogating it, he makes it his own and revisit it. His work reflects his questions about the world, his inconsistencies and his injustices.
Masterpieces from Africa. In the collections of the Musée Dapper.
Some of the most important works in the world are brought together for the first time for this exhibition of some 130 pieces, a tribute to the founder of the Fondation Dapper, Michel Leveau. These pieces of outstanding form and beauty are representative of the great cultures of Africa. Some are unique and without any equivalent in the world, such as the sculptures from Gabon (Fang, Kota, Punu), Cameroon (Bangwa), Benin (Fon) and Mali (Dogon, Soninke). The different pieces exhibited have been chosen for their sculptural qualities but also for the roles they played in the societies within which they were created: masks, statues, statuettes, altars, headdresses, weapons and other artefacts are closely linked to specific practices and forms of knowledge.
Pascali Sciamano and Tribal Art in Milano
The Carriero Foundation in Milano presents the exhibition "Pascali Sciamano". The work of the artist Pino Pascali (Bari, 1935 - Roma, 1965) is dialoguing with Tribal Art. The exhibition title refers to the artist's magical way of seeing the world, from animal or and individual identification phenomena to all kinds of classifying, logical and symbolic needs akin to an animist notion. More information are available on the Foundation website : http://fondazionecarriero.org/en/. On view until June 24.
The Hohokam Puzzle
Central and southern Arizona was once home to the Hohokam people. They grew cotton, beans, squash, and corn; constructed buildings several stories high and impressive ball courts; crafted and traded colorful pottery; and built an immense system of irrigation canals, much of which is still in use today. After thriving in the desert of the American Southwest for more than a millennium, these people abandoned their settlements during the fifteenth century and disappeared from the archaeological record, leaving archaeologists to wonder, “What happened to the Hohokam?” Pieces of the Puzzle: New Perspectives on the Hohokam provides an overview of the Hohokam of this once-vibrant world. Like reconstructing a pot from sherds (which are a central part of this exhibition), archaeologists are fitting facts together to form a new perspective on life in the terminal Hohokam period of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and the latest results of this work are traced in this exhibition.
What were the sources of inspiration for the celebrated painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso? Was his relationship with the arts of Africa, Oceania, the Americas, and Asia characterized by dread, admiration, or respect? What was his perception of these “foreign” arts? These are the questions addressed by the Picasso Primitif exhibition, on view from March 28–July 23, 2017, in the Garden Gallery of the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. Organized in collaboration with the Musée national Picasso–Paris, it explores the complex connections that the artist had with non-Western arts. The exhibition takes two complementary approaches, one historical and the other more conceptual. The fi rst includes the representation of a multitude of documents, catalogs, photographs, letters, and objects that attest to the many contacts between Picasso and “primitive” art that took place throughout his life. The second section, which occupies more of the gallery space, consists of a dialog between Picasso’s works and those of non-European artists. It has three sections: “Archaisms,” “Metamorphoses,” and “That.” Within these, the term “primitive” does not refer to a lower–developed state but rather to access to the most intimate and essential qualities of being human. This concept sheds hitherto unseen light on Picasso’s work.
Tinker tailor: WW1 military collections from German New Guinea
Tinker tailor investigates the collections of five Australian soldiers who were part of the Australian administration in German New Guinea during World War 1. While in New Guinea these soldiers were intrigued by the local culture and acquired a number of New Guinea artefacts that later found their way into the collections of the South Australian Museum. Highlights of these collections will be displayed in the Pacific Cultures Gallery to acknowledge the connection between the Museum’s collections and World War 1 during the Great War’s 100th anniversary.