The exhibition 'Design Histories between Africa and Europe. Flow of Forms / Flow' provides insights into the vibrant creative scenes of the African continent with an impressive selection of examples of contemporary design. Form-finding processes are seen as the result of a reciprocal exchange between Africa and Europe, but also between every day and older creative foundations. Locating design histories globally means, on the one hand, designing as a practice that can be found everywhere, on the other hand, a reflection of the Eurocentric view on African design, often even today characterised by simple contrasts such as traditional/modern, craft/industrial, formal/informal is.
As avatars of royal power and authority in Western Cameroon, tsesah crests by Bamileke artists stand out for their monumental scale and bold interpretations of the head. In celebration of The Met's recent acquisition of a rare 18th-century masterpiece, the exhibition presents this tsesah crest along with three examples drawn from other collections. Only 15 works from this genre survive, and this presentation is the first opportunity in the United States to view a group of these epic creations together.
For art lovers from around the world, the Biennale des Antiquaires is a meeting place for over half a century and the epitome of the "art of French living".
Over the last century, the relationship between the West and the arts referred to as “primitive,” – artificially grouping together the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas – has undergone a profound upheaval. No longer viewed as ethnographic curiosities, these objects are now valued as fine art, encompassing a range of styles, histories and cultures. How have ethnographic objects come to be viewed as art? How do we reconcile these two approaches today? A major exhibition of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present explores these questions by unfurling the chronological threads of the life of Picasso (1881-1973) in parallel with art history, increasing the points of view on the history of Modernism.
Parcours des Mondes is widely recognized as the world’s most important tribal art fair due to the quality and diversity of its participants. Since 2002, each year it has brought together some sixty galleries specializing in the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.
Public Exhibition: September 10, 2018 - September 17, 2018.