An extraordinary figure, the first 20th-century businesswoman, a self-made and emancipated woman, a visionary... There is no shortage of superlatives to describe the incredible rise to fame of Helena Rubinstein (1870-1965), dubbed the Empress of beauty by Cocteau, but her role as an experienced collector and a pioneer in the recognition of African and Oceanic arts in Europe and North America is often overlooked. Primarily amassed in Paris through her various encounters, "Madame’s collection", now dispersed, comprised over 400 pieces of non-European art including precious Kota and Fang reliquary guardians, exceptional Baoulé, Bamana, Senoufo and Dogon pieces. The exhibition places the spotlight on her passion for non-Western arts - primarily African art - through sixty pieces, as well as her fascination for their expressive intensity and character.
This October, Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary African Art is pleased to present a selection of exceptional works from across the African continent. As market leaders in the field, Sotheby’s sales of Modern and Contemporary African Art champion the work of African artists, and our upcoming auction includes a specially curated collection of paintings, photographs, drawings and sculpture from the 20th and 21st centuries.
1-54 is the first leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Founding by Touria El Glaoui, the fair holds annual editions in London since 2013, New York since 2015 and Marrakech since 2018. Drawing reference to the fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, 1-54 is a sustainable and dynamic platform that is engaged in contemporary dialogue and exchange.
We are pleased to present you this masterpiece, provenance Ludwig Bretschneider, in our Autumn auction on the 24th of October. We would like to place a special focus on four collections: the Rolf Huisgen Africa collection, the Knud Nielsen art collection, the Edmondo Trombetta art collection and the Pre-Columbian Art collection of Günther Hartmann.
Pan-African solidarity charity sale in collaboration with La Marocaine des Arts, Casablanca.