ART IN MOTION
FAR RIGHT: Queenie
McKenzie (c. 1915–1998),
Acrylic on canvas. 100 x 80 cm.
To be presented by Galerie Deletaille
at Cultures, Brussels.
BRUSSELS—The Sablon neighborhood will once again be
the epicenter of the tribal art market from June 6 until
June 10 with the third annual Cultures art fair, the notto
be-missed event born of the synergy of three fairs
devoted to antiquities and non-European art: BAAF (antiquities),
AAB (Asian art), and BRUNEAF (tribal art). As
we go to press, sixty established galleries from Belgium,
France, the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, and
the United States have confirmed that they will be participating.
In keeping with the fair’s tradition of striving to
complement the aesthetic experience with an intellectual
one, several thematic exhibitions will be presented. One
of them, organized by Galerie Didier Claes, will focus on
Central African harps, the beautiful forms of which have
been appreciated in Europe since the colonial period. Bela
Sara, a painter originally from Chad who has lived in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo since the 1940s, will
be honored at Galerie Ambre Congo, which will stage a
solo exhibition of his work titled Bela, le rythme au bout
des doigts (Bela, the Rhythm at the Tips of His Fingers).
In the realm of Asian art, Farah Massart of Famarte will
present a thematic exhibition devoted to mandalas, essential
instruments in the Tantric rituals designed to help
people in their quest for truth.
ABOVE: Renaud Riley.
RIGHT: Zoomorphic mask.
Wood. H: 51 cm.
Photo: Vincent Girier Dufournier.
To be presented by Renaud Vanuxem
at Cultures, Brussels.
Zande, DR Congo.
Late 19th–early 20th
Wood, leather, vegetal fi ber. H: 45 cm.
Ex Camille Duyck Collection, Belgium,
before 1940; Gokelaere Collection.
Photo: Studio Philippe de Formanoir–
To be presented by Didier Claes at
RIGHT: Reliquary head.
Wood, glass, bluing, kaolin, mineral and
vegetal coloring. H: 31.5 cm.
Photo: Dalton Somaré. To be presented
by Dalton Somaré at Cultures, Brussels.
FAR RIGHT: Standing fi gure,
Lobi, Burkina Faso.
Wood. H: 18 cm.
Photo: Guilhem F-H.
To be presented by David Serra at
BELOW: Female fi gure.
Dogon, Nduleri, Mali.
19th century or earlier.
Wood. H: 44 cm.
Photo: Studio Asselberghs – Frédéric
To be presented by Adrian Schlag at
ON THE MOVE: Renaud Riley
BRUSSELS—Renaud Riley is a Franco-English art dealer
who grew up in Brussels. After pursuing graduate studies
in Paris in audiovisual studies, he returned to Brussels in
1998 and settled in the Sablon district of antique dealers.
He quickly discovered a passion for African art due to
the nearly endless exposure he had to it there. In 2001,
following a decisive meeting, Riley decided to devote
himself completely to this
new activity. In 2003, he
participated in the Armory
Show in New York and
developed a liking for the
United States, where he
would return to visit collections.
In 2005, he opened
Galerie Rituel with a partner,
before moving again
in 2009 and opening 2R
Ritual Gallery with Roger Bourahimou. This association
lasted four years. Now, the gallery is moving to a new
and fashionable neighborhood in Brussels. It will have its
first day at 8B Rue de l’Abbaye in Ixelles on June 6, 2018,
the opening day of BRUNEAF.