The February sale will include a good selection of African art includes figures, staffs, masks and textiles.
1-54 Marrakech 2018 welcomed 4,000 local and international visitors, 17 leading galleries from Africa and around the world, with over 50 international artists. 1-54 presented special projects in partnership with Musée d’Art Contemporain Africain Al Madeen (MACAAL), Musée Yves Saint-Laurent Marrakech and Fondation Montresso*, as well as a wider programme of events in partnership with other local institutions across the city, including Comptoir des Mines Galerie, LE 18 and Riad Yima, among others. 1-54 Marrakech returns between the 23 -24 February 2019 at La Mamounia.
This Fowler in Focus exhibition celebrates the promised gift of two large marvelous collections of bronze bells and ofos amassed by Mark Clayton. Originating in southern Nigeria, the bells and ofos were used in a variety of ritual contexts. The selection presented includes examples large and small, richly adorned or spare in profile, and some that stretch our expectations about the fundamental meaning of what a bell is. Many appear in multiples, standing like kindred souls, one next to the other; others represent unique forms. The ofos derive from wooden staffs of power. As personal and communal possessions, they are used on ritual altars and represent the physical connection between ancestors and their descendants. Summoning the Ancestors is guest curated by Nancy Neaher Maas, independent scholar, and Philip M. Peek, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Drew University, New Jersey.
TEFAF Maastricht is widely regarded as the world's premier fair for art, antiques and design. Featuring 275 prestigious dealers from some 20 countries, TEFAF Maastricht is a showcase for the finest art works currently on the market. Alongside the traditional areas of Old Master paintings, antiques and classical antiquities that cover approximately half of the fair, you can also find modern and contemporary art, photographs, jewelry, 20th century design and works on paper.
The exhibition ‘Beyond Compare’ introduces superlative works of art from Africa from the Ethnologisches Museum into the peerless sculpture collection of the Bode Museum. Pairs of sculptures from both continents will be placed throughout the permanent collection and a special-exhibition gallery will address specific themes. The experimental juxtaposition of works from two continents reveals possible correlations on various levels, including historic contemporaneity, iconographic and technological similarities, and artistic strategies. Despite stylistic differences, striking similarities appear in the ways works of art function in both contexts. Power figures from the Congo were used to protect villages and communities, just as Gothic depictions of the Virgin of Mercy were. At the same time comparisons also expose contrasts, as with depictions of motherhood, which rely on different visual languages in Africa and Europe and convey different messages.