The Common Thread: The Warp and Weft of Thinking
The Weltkulturen Museum is presenting an unusual comparative exhibition on textiles. The works in "Der Rote Faden: gedanken Spinnen Muster Bilden" are drawn from the museum’s collection and together illustrate the diversity of the creative techniques used in the Americas, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Africa. Leading with the understanding that textiles are common to the vast majority of the world’s cultures, the exhibition demonstrates to what extent our languages, belief systems, and myths are rife with references to the fundamental principles of this tradition. Moving beyond a simple aesthetic approach to these varied objects, the show also presents the works of artists and composers who were invited to interpret the symbolism of the works and explore their connection with the contemporary world.
Face of God: Rare Masks from Central Africa
An important exhibition is presently at the Guangdong Museum. This intriguing show was produced under the supervision of Brussels art dealer and researcher Marc Leo Félix. During the course of its tour it will be shown at several other Chinese museums: the Nanjing Museum, the Gansu Provincial Museum, the Yunnan Provincial Museum, and, finally, at the Henan Museum, concluding in September 2017. The event will allow Chinese audiences the opportunity to appreciate some 120 masks, fifteen of which retain their complete fiber costumes, along with a selection of twelve musical instruments on loan from the Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale in Tervuren and the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, the sounds of which accompanied the masks. Two comprehensive catalogs, one in Chinese and the other in French and English, accompany the exhibition and make for stimulating reading, with enlightening essays by David Binkley, Arthur Bourgeois, Manuel Jordán, Constantine Petridis, Julien Volper, and Marc Leo Félix.
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
Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures
Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures is a new exhibition at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum that presents the varied beauty and craftsmanship of weapons drawn from cultures around the world. From maces, clubs, daggers, and spears, to shields, helmets, and entire suits of armor, this exhibition highlights more than 150 striking examples of deadly objects that are also extraordinary works of art. On view until October 18, 2017, it unveils the stories behind some of the most stunning war artworks ever created and reveals the passion and purpose of the people who made them.
The Routes of Africa
The brainchild of Gaëlle Beaujean-Baltzer, curator of the museum’s African collection, in collaboration with Catherine Coquery- Vidrovitch of Paris 7 University, this event affirms Africa’s central place in world history. Sculptures, paintings, jewelry, and objects in gold, among other objects, will represent the riverine, maritime, and commercial land routes that have made Africa a continent of commerce and trade for more than fi ve millennia.
Raven's Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast
The Peabody Museum offers you to explore the living relationships among humans, animals, ancestors and supernatural beings through works of Native art from the Pacific Northwest Coast created during the past 200 years. Ceremonial regalia, trade goods and art sold in galleries today reveal creative expressions of family, heritage, politics and commerce in a changing world. Raven's Many Gifts presents artworks that convey broadly shared aesthetic and cultural traditions while emphasizing the distinctiveness of various indigenous communities and their artists. The themes - Living Stories, Family Connections and Market Innovations - feature objects from PEM's renowned collection of Native American art from the Northwest Coast. The Raven in the installation's title is the Northwest Coast culture hero who brought light to the world.
The boomerang effect
The Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève will present a hitherto unseen collection of autochthonous Australian artworks from May 19, 2017, until January 7, 2018. Titled L’effet boomerang. Les arts aborigènes d’Australie (The Boomerang Effect: The Aboriginal Arts of Australia), the exhibition examines the origins of an art tradition that is deeply rooted in its ancestral territory and exists in osmosis with nature. A series of utilitarian objects and artifacts, including boomerangs, spear throwers, clubs, message sticks, etc., demonstrate aspects of Aborigine daily life. Captivating mythological tales and accounts allow insight into their philosophy and spirituality. Using artworks ranging from acrylic paintings of the 1970s to those produced by the Ghost Net Art Project, which started in 2004, the exhibition presents a journey through time from 60,000 years ago to the present, tracing the Aboriginal quest for identity. Rather than being simply aesthetic or utilitarian, the art represents struggle and has a militant dimension.
We and the others. From prejudices to racism.
The Musée de l’Homme examines racist behaviours with a scientific approach in his first important temporary exhibition. Informations are only available in French : Avec la volonté d’apporter un éclairage scientifique sur les comportements racistes et les préjugés, le Musée de l’Homme réaffirme son identité, celle d’un lieu de débats, d’échanges et de transmission des savoirs. Au croisement de l’anthropologie, de la biologie, de la sociologie et de l’histoire, l’exposition s’appuie sur des études menées par les chercheurs en sciences de l’Homme et de la société. Elle propose un parcours accessible à tous, qui s’attache à décrypter pourquoi et comment ont pu se mettre en place de tels phénomènes, à un certain moment de l’histoire des sociétés. Dans une scénographie immersive originale - qui place par exemple le visiteur au coeur d’une salle d’embarquement d’aéroport ou d’une terrasse de café - le public est invité à comprendre les mécanismes individuels et collectifs qui conduisent au rejet des « autres », et à prendre conscience des discriminations dans la société française aujourd’hui.
Another India, Explorations and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia
Over one hundred artefacts, paintings and photographs from the collections of MAA, many of which have never been exhibited before, will be complemented by artworks by contemporary artists from the communities represented, commissioned with support from the Art Fund. Focusing on communities known variously as Indigenous, ‘Tribal’ or Adivasi (literally ‘original inhabitants), the exhibition will showcase extraordinary and fascinating objects, many of which tell equally intriguing stories. From the Nagas and other peoples in the hills of Northeast India to the Gonds, Todas and Chenchus of the South and the Santhals and Bhils in the East and West of the country, the displays will present strikingly diverse stories of India, collecting, colonialism and British involvement in the subcontinent.