Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Double Take: African Innovations

Celebrating Africa's continual dynamism and long tradition of artistic creativity, Double Take: African Innovations opens the doors to the Brooklyn Museum's storied African collection with a new, experimental installation that invites surprising and unexpected ways of looking at African art. It suggests universal themes that link seemingly dissimilar works, often across vast distances of time and space, while also presenting them within their own specific context of history and place.

Visit the exhibition's website for more information.

Elephant mask  -  Bamileke, Cameroon Grassfields  -  20th century

Information and image courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gold of the Gods from Java

The Javanese Kingdom remained closed to outsiders for over a thousand years, with only the statues hewn from lava rock at Borobudur displaying the wealth with which the Javanese rulers venerated their gods. This month, the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam premiered a dedicated exhibition to the splendor of Javanese ceremonial art entitled Gold of the Gods. The installation presents an extensive collection of gold items from the seventh to the eleventh centuries and is on view until April 6, 2015.

Visit the exhibition's official website.

Image courtesy of the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tribal Art Sale at de Zwaan

De Zwaan in Amersterdam will present a sale of fine tribal art and artifacts on November 3. Works from Papua New Guinea, New Ireland, and the central Congo will comprise only a few of the sale's offerings.  For more information, view the online catalogue.

Images courtesy of de Zwaan

Thursday, October 23, 2014

PAN Amsterdam 2014

From November 23–30, Amsterdam will be in the spotlight again with PAN Amsterdam, the country’s largest contemporary art, design, and antiques show, which brings in about 45,000 visitors every year. The event now deserves to be on the tribal art enthusiast’s itinerary, since as of last year, it has included a tribal arts pavilion featuring the Brussels galleries of Jo de Buck and Joris Visser, as well as the national Sanne Nies Salon Tribal Art organization.

For more information on the event, visit the official PAN website.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tribal Art Fair Amsterdam 2014

Tribal Art Fair Amsterdam 2014 will take place October 23–26 in its traditional home at De Duif on the Prinsengracht. It will host some twenty dealers specializing in non-European arts, hailing from both the Netherlands and from neighboring countries. Many masks, figures, ornaments, textiles, and other objects will be the focus of attention.

For more information, visit the official TAF website.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

L'art de manger

Cooking, eating, drinking—these activities may seem mundane to some, but they play an important role in such highly symbolic practices as marriages, births, initiations, and funerary rites. When ritualized, the act of eating becomes an activity that requires special utensils, as varied as they may be refined: dishes, bowls, cups, spoons, and ladles, to mention but a few. Food, the foundation for any group’s survival and its members’ well-being, also allows man to relate to the beings of other realms. These practices and the multitude of objects associated with them will be the subject of L’Art de Manger: Rites et Traditions (The Art of Eating: Rites and Traditions), on view at the Musée Dapper from October 15, 2014–July 12, 2015.

Images courtesy of the Musée Dapper

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tribal Art Auction at Zemanek-Münster

Zemanek-Münster of Würzburg will present its 78th tribal art auction on October 18. The lots will comprise a wide array of fine traditional objects from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.

View the online catalogue.

Power figure  -  Kongo, D.R. Congo

Skull hut  -  Solomon Islands

Power figure  -  Songye, D.R. Congo

Images courtesy of Zemanek-Münster