Asen: Forged Memories of Iron in Dahomey Vodun Art

Rue Jean-Calvin, 10: Genève, Switzerland

November 21, 2018 - May 29, 2019 Exhibition November 21, 2018 May 29, 2019 Europe/London Asen: Forged Memories of Iron in Dahomey Vodun Art Rue Jean-Calvin, 10: Genève, Switzerland

From November 21, 2018, the Musée Barbier-Mueller will present an exhibition focused on asen, iron altars specifically those of the former kingdom of Dahomey. It will explore an array of issues important to our understanding of these striking sculptures. Key among these are artist hands, questions of use, the history of these arts, and how asen enhance our understanding of the broader regional history of the southern area of the Republic of Benin where they are found.


Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics

The Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Drive, MD, 21218: Baltimore, United States

July 15, 2018 - June 02, 2019 Exhibition July 15, 2018 June 02, 2019 Europe/London Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics The Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Drive, MD, 21218: Baltimore, United States

Beauty stops us in our tracks. It makes us pause, look, consider. Sometimes it overwhelms us. We are often told art should aspire to this standard and be proportionate, symmetrical, naturalistic, and orderly. But what of work that is designed to revolt and terrify? Across Sub-Saharan Africa, artists working across a range of states, societies, and cultures deliberately created artwork that violated conceptions of beauty, symmetry, and grace—both ours and theirs. Subverting Beauty features approximately two dozen works from sub-Saharan African’s colonial period (c.1880-c. 1960) that are accumulative, composite, crude, counterintuitive, and disproportionate. More importantly still, it explores the reasons why artists working during this turbulent period in the continent’s history turned against beauty in order to express the meaning and vitality of their day-to-day existence.


Bourgogne Tribal Show

Galerie Bruno Mory, Besanceuil F-71460: Bonnay, France

May 30, 2019 - June 02, 2019 Fair May 30, 2019 June 02, 2019 Europe/London Bourgogne Tribal Show Galerie Bruno Mory, Besanceuil F-71460: Bonnay, France

The Burgundy Tribal Show is the first international tribal art fair to be held in the countryside. In a rural setting, and a relaxed atmosphere conducive to discovery, the Burgundy Tribal Show offers its audience a distinctly different experience.


CULTURES

Rue Ernest Allard: Brussels, Belgium

June 12, 2019 - June 16, 2019 Fair June 12, 2019 June 16, 2019 Europe/London CULTURES Rue Ernest Allard: Brussels, Belgium

For several years now, the three organisations, AAB, BAAF and BRUNEAF, have instituted a dynamic synergy in relation to the June events to ensure their wide international recognition. With our successful record in this area all three organisations have decided to join forces and organise a single event in June while retaining their own specific mode of operation. CULTURES – The World Arts Fair will soon become a global reference for seasoned collectors as well as amateurs interested in Asian, antique and non-European art. A simple and ingenious colour code will be used to identify exhibitors and their respective specialities. Our enthusiasm is as great as ever and more than ever we will endeavour to turn Brussels into THE venue for the classical arts.


Sotheby’s Collection Marceau Rivière

76, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré: Paris, France

June 19, 2019 - June 19, 2019 Auction June 19, 2019 June 19, 2019 Europe/London Sotheby’s Collection Marceau Rivière 76, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré: Paris, France

For Marceau Riviere, it was a case of love at first sight for the African continent, and his collection which was born in the early sixties would become one of the most comprehensive and striking within the field. Marceau Rivière has established during a half-century of collecting, a group of works which bring together many of the varying stylistic corpora of sub-Saharan Africa. The 250 artworks that will be offered in Paris on June 19 recall above all that during the last decades, Marceau Rivière has been one of the most fervent defenders of African Art; an art he has never ceased to promote and share with the greatest number of people.


Zemanek-Münster 92nd Tribal Art Auction

Hörleingasse 3-5 D-97070: Wurzburg, Germany

June 29, 2019 - June 29, 2019 Auction June 29, 2019 June 29, 2019 Europe/London Zemanek-Münster 92nd Tribal Art Auction Hörleingasse 3-5 D-97070: Wurzburg, Germany

African art works from the private european collections René Rickli (Olten), Alfred Angst (Zurich), Jürgen Peters (Nuremberg) and Alfred Klinkmüller (Berlin). Fine old Tribal Art from Africa, Australia, Oceania and Asia.


Masterpiece London

South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3 4LW: London, United Kingdom

June 27, 2019 - July 03, 2019 Fair June 27, 2019 July 03, 2019 Europe/London Masterpiece London South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3 4LW: London, United Kingdom

Masterpiece London is the unmissable art fair at which visitors can view and buy the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery - from antiquity to the present day. The Fair offers an unparalleled opportunity for new and established collectors to discover exceptional works for sale across a range of price points from 160 international exhibitors and across every major market discipline.


Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time

Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston: Illinois, United States

January 26, 2019 - July 21, 2019 Exhibition January 26, 2019 July 21, 2019 Europe/London Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston: Illinois, United States

Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa is the first major exhibition addressing the scope of Saharan trade and the shared history of West Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe from the eighth to sixteenth centuries. Weaving stories about interconnected histories, the exhibition showcases the objects and ideas that connected at the crossroads of the medieval Sahara and celebrates West Africa’s historic and under-recognised global significance. Presenting more than 250 artworks spanning five centuries and a vast geographic expanse, the exhibition features unprecedented loans from partner institutions in Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria, many of which will be seen in North America for the first time.


One: Egúngún

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn: New York, United States

February 08, 2019 - August 18, 2019 Exhibition February 08, 2019 August 18, 2019 Europe/London One: Egúngún 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn: New York, United States

One: Egúngún tells the life story of a twentieth-century Yorùbá masquerade dance costume (egúngún), from its origins in Ògbómọ̀ṣọ́, Nigeria, to its current home in Brooklyn. Composed of over three hundred textiles from Africa, Europe, and Asia, this egúngún swirls into motion during festivals honouring departed ancestors. Centuries old, egúngún is still practised in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin, and in the Yorùbá diaspora. By highlighting a single egúngún, this exhibition emphasizes the global connections of African masquerades while challenging the misconception that cultural practices are static. At the request of the Lekewọgbẹ family—the makers of this egúngún—this exhibition honours their family name and masquerade heritage. One: Egúngún is curated by Kristen Windmuller-Luna, Sills Family Consulting Curator, African Arts, Brooklyn Museum.


Tribal Art London

The Mall Galleries: London, United Kingdom

September 03, 2019 - September 03, 2019 Fair September 03, 2019 September 03, 2019 Europe/London Tribal Art London The Mall Galleries: London, United Kingdom

Tribal Art London is the only Tribal Art Fair of its kind in the UK,show casing a select group of exhibitors displaying tribal art from around the world. Each piece has been chosen for its quality and authenticity.


Ex Africa: Stories and Identities of a Universal Art

Museo Civico Archeologico, Via dell’Archiginnasio: Bologna, Italy

March 29, 2019 - September 08, 2019 Exhibition March 29, 2019 September 08, 2019 Europe/London Ex Africa: Stories and Identities of a Universal Art Museo Civico Archeologico, Via dell’Archiginnasio: Bologna, Italy

“Ex Africa semper aliquid novi”, wrote Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia, and this is the start for our exhibition that shows us how African and European affairs have intermingled EVER since ancient times. This will be done through ‘stories’ of art, identity, journeys and encounters, beginning with travellers’ tales and the first contacts between Europeans and Africans. The exhibition is divided into a number of sections: from formal quality expressed by large and small works to ancient objects from famous African kingdoms, together with masks and figures representing rituals and power.


La Biennale

Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill: Paris, France

September 12, 2019 - September 17, 2019 Fair September 12, 2019 September 17, 2019 Europe/London La Biennale Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill: Paris, France

Renowned art fair, La Biennale Paris assembles this year national and international exhibitors under the roof of the Grand Palais presenting more than six millenniums of art. Annual since 2017, its visibility is rising. Equipped with a Biennale Committee, presided by Christopher Forbes, as well as the independent Vetting Commission (CAO), one of the most exigent in the world, it guarantees not only the selection of the participating galleries but also the highest level of authenticity, trust and transparency for the collectors. Great ephemeral museum, La Biennale Paris celebrates its 31th edition from September 13th to 17th 2019 with the Gala Dinner on September 11th and the Private Opening on September 12th.


Félix Fénéon (1861-1944)

37 Quai Branly, 75007: Paris, France

May 28, 2019 - September 29, 2019 Exhibition May 28, 2019 September 29, 2019 Europe/London Félix Fénéon (1861-1944) 37 Quai Branly, 75007: Paris, France

The Musée d’Orsay, the Musée de l’Orangerie, the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, pay tribute to Félix Fénéon (1861-1944), an important figure in the artistic world in the late 19th and early 20th century. Anarchist, art critic, editor, gallery director and collector, Fénéon espoused an open-minded vision of creation at a time when art was on the verge of the shift to modernity and strove for the recognition of non-western arts.


IncarNations. African Art as Philosophy

Bozar, Centre for Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat: Brussels, Belgium

June 28, 2019 - October 06, 2019 Exhibition June 28, 2019 October 06, 2019 Europe/London IncarNations. African Art as Philosophy Bozar, Centre for Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat: Brussels, Belgium

IncarNations is an exhibition created by the South African artist Kendell Geers in dialogue with the Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo. A fascinating initiative that reflects the diversity of the African artistic heritage, from an Afrocentric point of view and including the itineraries of slaves, colonialism and independence movements. As the Senegalese philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne stresses: "Ethnographic museums are a negation of art because they prevent the objects on display from really looking at us. Because ethnography is constituted, at its colonial origins, as a science of what is radically other, it is in its nature to fabricate strangeness, otherness, separateness". Taken from Sindika Dokolo's impressive collection, the works of African artists enter into dialogue with those of the diaspora while contemporary works will be displayed alongside classical works. Incarnations looks at African art as a living philosophical practice.


Sotheby’s Modern & Contemporary African Art

34-35 New Bond Street: London, United Kingdom

October 15, 2019 - October 15, 2019 Auction October 15, 2019 October 15, 2019 Europe/London Sotheby’s Modern & Contemporary African Art 34-35 New Bond Street: London, United Kingdom

Since the inauguration of the dedicated sales of Modern and Contemporary African Art in 2017, Sotheby’s sales in the category have achieved over sixty world records, championing the work of artists from across the African diaspora and underscoring the rising global interest.


Dimensions of Power: African Art

100 Moose Krause Circle, Notre Dame: Indiana, United States

August 22, 2018 - December 31, 2019 Exhibition August 22, 2018 December 31, 2019 Europe/London Dimensions of Power: African Art 100 Moose Krause Circle, Notre Dame: Indiana, United States

The Snite Museum of Art African art collection will reopen this fall within a larger, more prestigious space on the main floor of the Museum. The reinstallation will explore themes of power. In the past, African art was often tied into the way African leaders promoted their agendas. Royalty and rulers used art to project their authority; religious groups promoted their faiths; while the wealthy desired to display their riches. Ordinary Africans also used art to enable them to wield their own forms of power. Since supernatural forces were thought to play a large role in determining events, it was important to own objects that could withstand or shape events that lay beyond ordinary control. Fifty-nine outstanding works from the Snite Museum collection will illustrate these ideas through themes of economic, political, social, and spiritual power in Africa. Most of these works have never been on public view before. Nearly a third belong to the Owen D. Mort Jr. Collection, with art primarily from Democratic Republic of Congo, where Mort worked for many years. As he said, “My hope is to educate people on Africa. It’s been a great love of mine… Ideally Notre Dame would use the collection for education, to get interest going in Africa.”


Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue: Washington, D.C., United States

April 18, 2019 - December 31, 2019 Exhibition April 18, 2019 December 31, 2019 Europe/London Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue: Washington, D.C., United States

For more than two millennia, ironworking has shaped African cultures in the most fundamental ways. Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths reveals the history of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth’s most basic natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, prestige, spiritual potency, and astonishing artistry. Striking Iron is an international travelling exhibition organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA that combines scholarship with objects of great aesthetic beauty to create the most comprehensive treatment of the blacksmith’s art in Africa to date. The exhibition includes over 225 artworks from across the African continent focusing on the region south of the Sahara and covering a time period spanning early archaeological evidence to the present day. Striking Iron features artworks from the Fowler collection as well as American and European public and private collections.


Felix Fénéon (1861-1944). The Modern Times, from Seurat to Matisse

Musées d'Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde: Paris, France

October 16, 2019 - January 27, 2020 Exhibition October 16, 2019 January 27, 2020 Europe/London Felix Fénéon (1861-1944). The Modern Times, from Seurat to Matisse Musées d'Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde: Paris, France

No exhibition has yet paid homage to Félix Fénéon (1861-1944), an important figure in the artistic world in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Musée de l’Orangerie, in association with the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is honouring this extraordinary man who remains unjustly unknown. The exhibition will demonstrate the different facets of this unusual character, with his Quaker-like appearance and deadpan humour, who combined an exemplary career as a civil servant with strong artistic and anarchist convictions. Columnist, editor at the Revue Blanche, art critic, publisher - he published Rimbaud’s ‘Illuminations’ -, and gallery owner, Fénéon was also an exceptional collector who amassed a large number of masterpieces including a unique set of African and Oceanian sculptures. The exhibition will bring together an exceptional array of paintings and drawings by Seurat, Signac, Degas, Bonnard, Modigliani, Matisse, Derain, Severini, Balla, etc., pieces from Africa and Oceania, as well as documents and archives.


Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time

Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive: Toronto, Canada

September 21, 2019 - February 23, 2020 Exhibition September 21, 2019 February 23, 2020 Europe/London Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive: Toronto, Canada

Journey along the Sahara Desert’s trade routes during a time when West African gold directly impacted and connected peoples and cultures, arts and beliefs across continents. Experience the first major exhibition to reveal the shared history of West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe from the 8th to 16th centuries and see more than 250 artworks, many shown in North America for the first time.


Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond

The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street: New York, United States

March 22, 2020 - July 25, 2020 Exhibition March 22, 2020 July 25, 2020 Europe/London Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street: New York, United States

The Museum of Modern Art announces Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond, the first exhibition devoted to the influential French art critic, editor, publisher, dealer, and collector Félix Fénéon (1861–1944), on view from March 22 through July 25, 2020. Though largely unknown today and always discreetly behind the scenes in his own era, Fénéon played a key role in the careers of leading artists from Georges Seurat and Paul Signac to Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse, each of whom is featured prominently in the exhibition. Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond traces Fénéon’s career through approximately 150 works that highlight his initiatives to help artists via his reviews, exhibitions, and acquisitions; his commitment to anarchism; his literary engagements; and his contributions to the recognition of non-Western art. Bringing together a selection of major works that Fénéon admired, championed, and collected, alongside contemporary letters, documents, and photographs, the exhibition underscores the tremendous impact he had on the development of modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue: Washington, D.C., United States

April 08, 2020 - November 29, 2020 Exhibition April 08, 2020 November 29, 2020 Europe/London Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue: Washington, D.C., United States

Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa is the first major exhibition addressing the scope of Saharan trade and the shared history of West Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe from the eighth to sixteenth centuries. Weaving stories about interconnected histories, the exhibition showcases the objects and ideas that connected at the crossroads of the medieval Sahara and celebrates West Africa’s historic and under-recognised global significance. Presenting more than 250 artworks spanning five centuries and a vast geographic expanse, the exhibition features unprecedented loans from partner institutions in Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria, many of which will be seen in North America for the first time.


Wo ist Afrika?

Linden-Museum, Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, Hegelplatz 1: Stuttgart, Germany

March 16, 2019 - December 31, 2020 Exhibition March 16, 2019 December 31, 2020 Europe/London Wo ist Afrika? Linden-Museum, Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, Hegelplatz 1: Stuttgart, Germany

The Linden-Museum Stuttgart presents its new permanent exhibition "Wo ist Afrika?" from 16 March 2019. "Wo ist Afrika?" invites the visitor to critically explore and re-evaluate contexts and narratives associated to Linden-Museum Stuttgart’s collection of artefacts from the African continent. The exhibition shows how the collections were established, how they developed over time, and which rules of classification they adhered to. A large part of the objects on display were acquired from Cameroon, the Congo basin, Mozambique, Nigeria and Tanzania between the end of 19th and the first half of the 20th, at the height of the European "Scramble for Africa". "Wo ist Afrika?" examines stories and histories inscribed into these objects and what they can mean for us today. The exhibition opens up a space of cultural creativity, which allows the visitors to near themselves to a wider understanding of culture. "Wo ist Afrika?" has a process-oriented approach, questioning the authority of the museum by showing a multitude of parallel narratives and asking important questions addressed to our contemporary societal cohabitation.


Clay—Modeling African Design

University Collections Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street: Cambridge, United States

November 17, 2018 - November 14, 2021 Exhibition November 17, 2018 November 14, 2021 Europe/London Clay—Modeling African Design University Collections Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street: Cambridge, United States

This exhibition highlights artistic innovation and creativity in Africa as seen primarily through the traditions of ceramic arts from across the continent and over its long history. Countering the assumption that African arts and societies are largely unchanging and bound to traditions and customs, the remarkable diversity of objects and styles on display here tells a different story. A selection of more than 50 works on loan from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, including those by newly discovered Nigerian artist Alice Osayewe, are shown alongside works from the Harvard Art Museums permanent collections, such as a recently acquired contemporary photograph by Afro-futurist artist Alexis Peskine.