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A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden

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Dear reader, 

 

After my disappointing show in Brussels in June ( less than half so many people visited as last year ) I went to Paris to follow the auctions and opening of the Quai Branly Museum, and see the hype of the Vérité collection who sold for 44M€ and broke all previous tribal art records. 

A Fang Ngil mask sold for nearly 5.9 M€, a Tschokwe Ilunga at 3.78 M€ a Senoufo Deblé at 2,95M€ and a Nimba Baga at 2.25 M€. 

Vérité received more than 15000 visitors  and sold 6000 catalogues at 100€ in a weekend.   

Kerchache and Chirac are the first ones responsible for the hype on Tribal Arts in France and they have given the supremacy for tribal arts to Paris. In a lap of ten year they did manage to give them a place in the Louvres and to dismantle two good working - but not so much loved by the general public - existing institutions "Le Musée de l'Homme" and the MNAO at the porte Dorée who will shortly become - can you believe this - an emigration Museum.
 
Of course the quai Branly has it's detractors for not including the European "Tribal" Arts, not giving the ethnologues the place they deserve, and by putting more the accent to aesthetics than knowledge. But it must be said that with a top location near the Eiffel tower and it's "fun" factor, it should get around one million visitors a year at least, and be of positive influence for the "tribal Arts" market, and maybe more knowledge about all those unknown small cultures..
 
I visited the Museum, and I loved the architecture who introduces the "Arts Premiers" to the general public like if it was an initiatic travel.  I am not so sure the basic idea of Kerchache " All treasures and civilizations must be equal " is respected though. 

The African part is very dark ( unlike the Louvres presentation who is bright) and many holes are in the presentation, but I guess some of these lacunas will be filled in the years to come.
 
This summer I saw in Paris also very good exhibitions organized by private dealers much better than e.g. the Shiwara exhibit under the roof at the quai Branly. 
Pieces previously owned by Kerchache at Alain Bovis (in association with Casanova), a fantastic Cameroun exhibition at Dulon, Nepal at Vanuxem, impressive Songyes at Claes, Fang at Ratton-Hourdé, …
 
People like Monbrison, Valluet-Ferrandin, Alain Bovis, Dulon, Ratton-Hourdé, Chirac (and the many others ...)  worked hard to promote Paris as a place to be the last years ... and it seems they succeeded. 
 
I made a special 29 pages report about Paris for those who couldn't attend, and added my complete address list in Paris, you can read details about how to obtain it below the page.
 
So I guess we will see again much people in Paris in September for the Parcours des Mondes, and those who didn’t visited the quai Branly yet …

 

David Norden
file quai branly.five days in Paris 

The auctions, the museums, the dealers,...a story in images; pictures and text by David Norden 

Audio Slide Show: A Monument to ColonialismParis in the Heart of Darkness

Given the current political climate, Quai Branly's eventual opening, after years of delay, seemed almost as if it had been scientifically calculated to ignite the maximum debate.

Articles en français:

ouverture quai BranlyBranly

discours de Jacques Chirac pour l'inauguration du Musée du quai Branly. Près de 9 000 personnes ont visité vendredi le musée du quai Branly...

Fang VéritéVente Verité ARTS PREMIERS: 
Enchères record pour la collection Vérité
5.904.176 euros  

Arts premiers : Jacques Chirac rend hommage aux "peuples humiliés et méprisés"

VOIR LA VIDÉO
"Monbrison ADJUGÉ!"
 

Dintenfass
Comment l'âme primitive vient aux collectionneurs 

Le monde des arts premiers est en effervescence : après l'ouverture du musée du Quai Branly, le succès de la vente Vérité, les expositions courent encore...  

Statue fang ntumu-mvai, nord du Gabon. H. 46 cm. Ex-collections Serge Brignoni, Klejman, Alexander S. Honig. 500 000 €. Galerie Ratton-Hourdé.

Paris auctions June' 06 ...But despite the interest, experts agree that prices in African art are relatively stable, except for "very important, rare or antique pieces as few exist, " said de Sabran from Sothebys ...

And if you really want to read more and get some of my insiders pictures and information you can buy my 29 pages report the

African-Antiques Gazette NR1: Five Days in Paris. Price: 10 €

and you will get for free my list of dealers, museums, experts and auction houses with African Art in Paris

 sold out

Hope you enjoyed this edition, 

 

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