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Besanceuil, 14 March 2017
Jean-François Schmitt is an art-lover and collector. He is a Friend of the musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac and a member of the Cercle Lévi-Strauss.
Anthony Meyer is a dealer, author, and specialist in Pacific and Eskimo ancient arts and traditional cultures. He manages the Meyer Gallery of Oceanic Arts in Paris and is one of the founders of the Bourgogne Tribal Show, along with Laurent Dodier, Bruno Frey, Jacques Lebrat and Bruno Mory.
For its second event, the Bourgogne Tribal Show will take place from 25th to 28th May, 2017. You both took part in the fair’s first event, one as a dealer, one as a collector. Could you share your experiences with us?
Jean-François Schmitt: My abiding memory of the first event is what a pleasure it was to see tribal art in less conventional settings. The atmosphere was very different from the other fairs, far more casual and convivial.
Its location in the Burgundy region was ideal too, [.../...]See more
New York, 4 March 2015
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is to host the exhibition entitled “The Plains Indians : Artists of Earth and Sky” from 9 March to 10 May.
The exhibition is being organized by Musée du quai Branly in Paris in collaboration with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is to present masterpieces made by the Native Americans from the Plains region originating from European and North American collections. The exhibited objects are diverse and varied, ranging from a 2,000-year-old Human Effigy Pipe to 19th-century horse gear, weapons, clothing, and shields, as well as painted dresses dating from the 18th century. Works collected over the centuries by French merchants and travellers will be displayed alongside those acquired by MM. Lewis and Clark during their famous expedition of 1804-1806.
Gaylord Torrence, the curator of the exhibition, said “It is our goal with this exhibition to present the extraordinary [.../...]See more
San Francisco, 9 February 2013
The de Young Museum – Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco – displays from 9 February to 8 September 2013 a unique series of 39 African, Oceanic and Native American works from the collections of the Ethnological Museum of the Vatican, reflecting various religious cultures.
The set design highlights local and general significance of these objects, as well as the history of their collecting. Thus, among the masterpieces, two masks and three engravings obtained in 1691 by Father Francisco Romero in Santa Maria in the Sierra Nevada, three figurative sculptures representing gods Tu and Tupo sent by the first missionary from Mangareva (Gambier Islands) to Pope Gregory XVI in 1837, or an Aztec sculpture from Quetzalcoatl from the 15th century.
This exhibition takes place within the framework of the renovation of the Ethnological Museum of Vatican, which is expected to reopen in 2014. The de Young Museum had already collaborated with the Vatican in 1982 for the exhibition [.../...]See more
Paris, 11 October 2012
From 29 October to 18 November 2012, the Atelier Z – Christiane Peugeot Cultural Centre will present an exhibition titled: “Inuit: a Land, a People, an Art”. It intends to reveal to the public the extent of the Inuit culture, neglected for too long.
From the very first lines, the press release describes the exhibition as “free, pedagogical and multidisciplinary”. Displaying sculptures, engravings, but also photographs and rare items from the Inuit lifestyle, this exhibition aims at presenting and highlighting the Inuit culture.
Far away from the aesthetical models of Western art, Inuit art is insufficiently known. It reflects an incredible heritage, currently in danger. Indeed the Inuit tradition is being lost, this Northern people has not been spared by the changes and transformations of the world. Between modernity, influenced by the past, and a culture endangered by a changing environment, what is the place of the Inuit people in this globalised society?
“Inuit: a Land, a People, an Art” is here to remind us of this [.../...]See more
Bogotá, 3 October 2012
Thanks to the support of the Embassy of United States of Bogotà, Bowers Museum and the Fondation Amigos as well as Arte del Banco de la Republica, Museum of gold lauches in the Colombian capital the exhibition titled “Indígenas de Norteamerica, Tradiciones y Transiciones” (Northern America’s Natives, Traditions and Transitions). The exhibition will be held from 4 October to 3 February 2013. Costumes decorated with feathers, decorations made from porcupines’ thorns, headgears with golden eagle’s feathers from the mountain area of North America, these are some examples of the culture and diversity of Indian communities of United States and Canada.
Since its foundation in 1939 by the Bank of Colombia Republic, the Museum gathers an extraordinary patrimony of goldsmith’s pieces of pre-Columbian civilisation and hosts for this exhibition over 133 pieces coming from Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California. The objects which date from 19th and 20th century, are numerous and varied. Revealing the everyday and ritual objects they [.../...]See more
London, 21 September 2012
“Warriors of the Plains”: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual is the title of the British Museum’s new exhibition (from 22 September 2012 to 13 January 2013), in partnership with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. It will be a rare occasion of exploring the fascinating world of the Native Americans, their conception of war and their rituals. The exhibition focuses on Native American culture in the plains of North America from 1800 to nowadays, and on the importance of artefacts in the social and ceremonial context.
Men of these tribes had to belong to “warrior societies” – a social, political and ritual group dedicated to war and organising the ritual life. These societies played a leading role during battles, by allowing their members to win honours by personal actions of bravery such as stealing horses, capturing women and scalping the enemy. These societies, however, had also a ritual life with a strong sense of spirituality. During their ceremonies, the members used objects such as pipes, [.../...]See more
Paris, 18 September 2012
The Musée du Quai Branly proposes, from 18 September 2012 to 14 July 2013, an exhibition titled “Cheveux chéris. Frivolités et trophées” (Darling hair. Frivolity and trophies). At the crossing of anthropology, ancient and contemporary art history, fashion and rituals, the exhibition explores the question of individual intimacy and its sociability, developing the universal theme of hair.
In almost every civilization hair have a particular importance. They often have a link with intimacy, seduction, decency and sexuality. Depending on periods and places, hair symbolizes manly strength (Samson’s hair) or feminity; sometimes shown, sometimes hidden. In the past, it was said that stealing someone’s hair allowed to make love potions or to bewitch. Sometimes coloured (with achiote in Amazonia, henna in the Middle East), covered with ashes or clay in many ethnical groups, on occasion of various ceremonies, hair [.../...]See more
Paris, 9 March 2012
The Quai Branly Museum is offering a new approach to the meteorological phenomenon of rain with its exhibition “The Rain”, running until 13 May 2012.
Rain can be benevolent, unexpected, evil or unpleasant. Nearly 95 works and iconographic documents from the Quai Branly Museum’s collections, give an account of these various facts. From Africa to Asia and from America to Oceania, all peoples have found a way to deal with this element.
Many of the displayed objects are merely functional, like the seal intestine raincoat, precursor to our oilskin, or imprinted with a religious connotation like African masks or Oceanian magic stones testament to the divine power attributed to rain all over the world. Footage excerpts complete this selection, like those of Jean Rouch, along with recordings relative to rituals and music linked to analogical representations of rain.
The visit ends with an accumulation of Nepalese kites meant to ward off rain.
Brussels, 31 January 2012
The 57th edition of the Brussels Antiques and Fine Art Fair (BRAFA) took place between 21 and 29 January. For the eighth consecutive year, “Tours & Taxis”, a former train depot, was the venue chosen to host the event. 122 galleries, 60% from outside Belgium, made the trip to Brussels to exhibit at the fair which was, once more, under the direction of Beatrix Bourdon.
Gradually increasing from 2010, the fair attracted 46,000 visitors, who got the chance to see examples of ancient, modern, contemporary art in the form of paintings, sculptures, objets d’art, photographs and even Oceanic, tribal and oriental art. Ancient art remains the fair’s speciality, with De Backker Gallery selling a Hugo Van der Goes piece entitled Nativity for between €300,000 and €400,000 according to Artinfo, as well as a Madonna for €150,000.
Few other results have been released to the public, but in general it would seem that both exhibitors and organisers are satisfied.
Vancouver, 14 December 2011
Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada is currently displaying “Shore, Forest and Beyond, Art from The Audain Collection”, an exhibition that presents part of the private collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa, until 29 January 2012.
The collection has been created during the last twenty years and is one of the most important private collections concerning art of the first and last natives of British Columbia, the most western province in Canada across the Pacific Coast.
From the corpus of 170 selected objects from the collection, as well as from museum’s collection, the exhibition retraces the history of these people by presenting ceremonial objects of Haida artists and works of the time.
The show, in thematic and chronological order, highlights 20th century major artists, such as Emily Carr along with Canadians, such as Lawren Harris, Frederick Horsman Varley and B.C. Binning. The exhibition will also present Mexican modernism and visitors can explore paintings or photographs by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco.