This week should have been our annual pilgrimage to the city of love... and African art. The second week of September usually sees collectors swarm to Parcours des Mondes, the largest international art fair featuring classic African art. But with many of us stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we'll have to make do with an online visit.
The event organisers and a number of dealers were gracious enough to share images of their galleries and the artworks on show. So sit back with your petit café, imagine you're walking the sunny streets of the Beaux-Arts district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and browse through the various galleries at this year's fair.
Installed at 34, rue Mazarine, in the heart of the premier arts district in Paris, the Olivier Castellano gallery offers tribal art sculptures, coming from old collections, and rigorously selected both for their age and their plastic qualities.
In 2002, Didier Claes opened his first gallery focusing on presenting high-quality art objects from great Western collections. Today didier Claes Gallery is housed in a prestigious space in Brussels, and includes many American and European collectors among its clientele, as well as international museums.
In 2015, Laurent Dodier joined the SFEP (French union of professional experts in works of art and collectibles) where he became an expert in art from Africa, America and Oceania. He takes part in major events such as the Parcours des Mondes in Paris, BRUNEAF in Brussels and TEFAF in Maastricht.
Art dealer and collector for fifteen years, Martin Doustar opened in 2015 in the Sablon district of Brussels a gallery dedicated to extra-European arts and archaeology. Author of several thematic exhibitions noted for the eclecticism of the subjects addressed, Martin Doustar is passionate about the exploration of ancient and distant cultures.
The gallery is devoted to the representation of the art of the high times of tribal societies. Since September 2002, it regularly organizes significant exhibitions, accompanied by reference catalogue. Expert member since 1985 of the National Company of Experts, Bernard Dulon has also made himself known as a curator of remarkable exhibitions.
Recognized dealer in the field, Yann Ferrandin selects with rigour, expertise and aesthetic appreciation of exceptional objects. He works primarily with private clients. Its active policy of loans for prestigious exhibitions has also earned it recognition from the largest museums, whose collections it regularly enriches.
Galerie Flak, founded in 1990, specializes in ancient art from North America, Africa and Oceania. The gallery highlights arts that are not well represented in Europe as well as great classical figures of the arts of Africa and Oceania. Recent exhibitions include AfriCubsime (2019), Sepik (2018), and Nigeria (2013).
Founded by Katia Granoff in 1924, the Larock-Granoff gallery is recognized for artists such as Monet, Laprade or even Chagall discovered by its founder and whose gallery still owns and exhibits works. The gallery has an important collection of major tribal artworks that it will show for the first time during the Parcours des Mondes 2020.
Bernard de Grunne has been immersed in the world of great tribal sculpture for more than 40 years as he actively accompanied his father Baudouin de Grunne in building one of the finest collection of tribal art from 1968 to 1995. He started dealing for his own account in 1995 and now has a reputation for quality, scholarship and professionalism.
Charles-Wesley Hourdé launched his career by opening a stand at the Puces de Saint-Ouen in 2005, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, opening an art gallery the following year. He participates in many international events and organises exhibitions at the gallery including Passeurs de Rêves (2016), L'Emprise des Masques (2017) & Pigalle 1930 (2018).
Opened in 2004, the Olivier Larroque gallery has moved to a former 18th-century coaching inn in the heart of the old town of Nîmes. Accessible by appointment, it presents a selection of ancient works from Africa, Oceania and South-East Asia.
Present on the international market for some twenty years, the Alain Lecomte gallery has stood out for the seriousness of its thematic exhibitions accompanied by monographs on the Bakongo group.
For several years, Galerie Montagut has devoted most of its activities to the representation of art from the high periods of tribal societies and more particularly in the arts of Africa. Since 1990, the gallery has been providing quality pieces to both private collectors and institutions.
Gallery specializing in primitive arts, in particular art from sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Mali, Gabon, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The gallery specialises in ritual works from Africa. Whether it is West African sculptures, Fang or Punu “classics” of Gabonese art, or even the statuary with the magical or prophylactic virtues of the tribes Téké, Luba, or Kusu from Congo, the objects are always chosen according to demanding selection criteria.
An art historian by training, Nicolas Rolland has been established as a merchant of the primitive arts for almost ten years. Passionate about the ancient cultures of sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania, he has co-authored several reference books: 'Africa, in the shadow of the gods' and 'Pigalle Gallery: Africa, Oceania. 1930'.
The David Serra gallery is a space dedicated to the exhibition and sale of primitive art objects. The gallery presents sculptures, ritual masks and ethnographic pieces. David Serra participates in the most important tribal art fairs and collaborates with museums and private foundations.
Established at the Sablon in Brussels since 2003, the gallery is specialized in primitive arts from around the world. The choice of the works offered is motivated by their intrinsic artistic quality with a requirement of seniority and absolute authenticity.
The Galerie Vallois Modern and Contemporary Art was created by Robert Vallois in 1983. Since 2013, Galerie Vallois has been defending young African creation, more specifically Beninese artists, both through exhibitions in its Parisian spaces and through funding for the Cotonou Center.