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.
Oceania: Voyages through the Immensity
Take a plunge into the unknown with a voyage to Oceania on the far side
of the world! This exhibition will take you along the
routes traveled by the first inhabitants of this fascinating
region, and then on those blazed by European explorers
in the eighteenth century by presenting the Oceanic collections
of the Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire and of
the Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale. The show consists
of more than 200 objects from every corner of Oceania,
supplimented by old maps, model ships, and archival
documents. It also examines the stone and wood works
of Tahitian artist-sculptor Jean-Paul Forest, a master of
“land art,” that is, artworks in natural environments. His
creations call into question human relationships with the
"Oceania—Voyages dans l’immensité" is the brainchild of Belgian
archaeologist Nicolas Cauwe, who is widely known for
the digs and research he has done on Easter Island, as
well as for his book "Île de Pâques, le grand tabou: dix
années de fouilles reconstruisent son histoire".
Tribal Art magazine is a partner of the exhibition.
In this show, the Linden Museum will focus on the culture and history of Hawaii’s first inhabitants. The exhibition examines nearly 250 years of Hawaiian art, from the time of the arrival of the first Europeans to the modern day. Two hundred art objects have been brought together for the occasion, coming from the collection of the Linden Museum and from those of other German and European museums. Together they provide a solid overview of the ancestral skills, artistic procedures, and the political and religious aspects of indigenous Hawaiian society. The show explores the connections that continue today as part of Hawaiian cultural life deriving from certain important forms of aesthetic expression rooted in the past, such as dance (hula) and tattooing (kakau). It closes with a presentation of the work of six contemporary indigenous artists.
The Mentawai from Indonesia
This exhibition was launched thanks to a recent donation of a part of the Reimar Schefold collection to the Museum Volkenkunde (https://volkenkunde.nl) at Leiden University, where he was professor emeritus of cultural anthropology and sociology of Indonesia. Visitors can discover ancient traditions alongside contemporary expressions of one of earth’s last thriving indigenous cultures: the Mentawai. This people inhabits for centuries the Mentawai Islands, an archipelago about 150 kilometers off the western coast of Sumatra. Their religious beliefs continue to shape their thoughts and actions. Being animist, they believe that all things in nature, whether plant or utensil, possess a soul. Everything must therefore be treated with respect, and this is why they live simply and in harmony with the natural world that surrounds them. The exhibition focuses on the question of how traditions continue to maintain their values today. To what extent do the Mentawai want to be part of a globalizing world? Can they combine old traditions with a modern way of life? It coincides with the publication of the book "Toys for the Souls: Life and Art on the Mentawai Islands", authored by Reimar Schefold (http://www.tribalartmagazine.com/fischbacher/art-books/?a=view&id=382&lang=fr). For more info discover the exclusive interview of Reimar Schefold in Tribal Art magazine 85.
The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is presenting The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, the first major bilingual exhibition on one of the great civilizations of South America. It will explore why the Inka Road was built more than 500 years ago; for what purpose; and how its construction, without the use of metal, the wheel, or draft animals to pull heavy loads, stands as one of the world’s greatest engineering feats. Over its more than 100 years of use over the duration of the Inka Empire from the fourteenth century to the Spanish invasion in 1532, the extensive road served as a major axis for communication, transportation, expansion, administration, and political control. After the Spanish invasion, the road lost political meaning but never lost its signifi cance as a symbol and sacred space to the indigenous peoples in the region. Through images, maps, models, and 140 objects in the exhibition together illustrate important concepts in Andean cosmology and the principles of duality, reciprocity, and integration, while also offering examples of the road’s infrastructure and spirituality.
Best Of: A Look at a Collection at MEB
The Musée d’Ethnographie de l’Université de Bordeaux is presenting a selection of archives and works from its international collection. Through June 1, 2018, various objects from the world over shed light on the history and expeditions of this century-old institution, the second ethnographic museum, after the Trocadéro, to have opened in France. Moving through the decades, the installation starts with the museum’s founders and collaborators, and it casts light on the importance of its ethnographic collections. More information on: https://meb.u-bordeaux.fr
Coiling Culture: Basketry Art of Native North America
Baskets were one of the first art forms in the Americas, with basket fragments found in California and the Southwest dating to 9,400 years ago. Over the millennia, native North Americans developed elaborate techniques and intricate designs worked in local materials, from sweetgrass in Florida to black ash in the Northeast and deer grass in California, among many others. These materials were sacred to their makers and those who used these special containers. So too was the way each was made with coiling, especially poignant, symbolizing for many groups the path of human emergence from inside earth and the movement of the spirits between realms. This display in the Art of the Americas' galleries explores the intersection between material, making, and meaning in the fragile basketry art of the Southeast to the Southwest and up into the Arctic.
In this exhibition, the Musée des Confluences in Lyon is offering a fresh look at its anthropological and natural history collections. This is a rare opportunity to travel through time to see how those collections were formed and how they have contributed to scientific research. The exhibition opens with the eighteenth century, a time when, within the contexts of exploration and colonization, objects from around the world developed scientific relevance. Explorers of all kinds collected innumerable objects from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Masks, items of clothing, weapons, utilitarian objects, and items intended for ritual use began to be used to document hitherto unknown lands. Private collectors and dealers in antiques and natural history specimens became important sources and donors for the museum. Ultimately, the intent of the exhibition is to explore what the museum holdings are today and what the patrimony of the future will be.
Tuareg, Nomad Tales
Perceived by their Western colonizers as everything from noble and chivalrous to bloodthirsty and savage, the image of the Tuareg that was built up during colonial times remains firmly rooted in many minds. In "Touaregs, récits nomades", the Musée des Confluences challenges these stereotypes and reveals the Tuareg in all of their complexity and dynamism. The first part focuses on the watercolors of Paul-Elie Dubois, as well as on archival documents and popular items. It then moves on to the remarkable collection of jewelry and amulets donated by the Masnat Association in 2015. These create an immersive experience in the Tuareg aesthetic universe, which is characterized by restraint, equilibrium, a distinctive geometry, and a unique use of color. Excerpts from poems accompany the presentation. Finally, the exhibition examines how the Tuareg are changing their traditional codes while at the same time reaffirming their identity. Like the jewelry they adapt to Western uses, they are reappropriating an idealized Western image to diffuse their culture, to make their demands known, and to enter into a new form of resistance.
Beyond Compare: African Art at the Bode Museum
Beginning on October 27, 2017, the Bode Museum will present a “conversation between continents” with an exhibition that features more than seventy African sculptures from the collection of the Berlin Museum of Ethnology. Beyond Compare sets up a dialog between objects from Central and West Africa and masterpieces from Byzantium, Italy, and central Europe. The exhibition intends to create new interactions that highlight unexpected similarities as well as differences between artworks from unrelated traditions. More than thirty juxtapositions illustrate major themes in human existence such as power, death, beauty, memory, aesthetics, and identity. On view through spring 2019, this show goes beyond the mere comparison of sculptural traditions to open interesting new perspectives.