Akan, Ghana or Côte
d’Ivoire. Late 19th–early
© Galerie Olivier Larroque,
photo: Hughes Dubois.
Standing fi gure.
Baule; Côte d’Ivoire.
Galerie Lucas Ratton.
Esprit de géométrie
Torque. Yoruba; Nigeria.
© Galerie Dandrieu Giovagnoni.
Les grands fauves
Mask. Baule; Côte d’Ivoire.
Galerie Laurent Dodier.
Standing fi gure.
Nootka; British Columbia.
Galerie Patrick Fröhlich.
Door lock. Dogon; Mali.
Mask, ijebu. Yoruba; Nigeria.
Galerie Abla et Alain Lecomte.
ART IN MOTION
Excellence and rigor are the key words
that guide all of the participants in the Parcours
des Mondes in conception and realization of the
displays for the artworks in their spaces, and some
go so far as to create well-researched and often
museum-quality thematic exhibitions for their audience’s
This eighteenth Parcours des Mondes promises
to be a particularly rich one in this regard, as more
than twenty exhibitions of this kind have been announced
as we go to press. Some will be homages
to specifi c sculptural traditions, such as that of Galerie
Flak, which will invite its viewers to discover
the Poésie féroce (Ferocious Poetry) of the arts of
New Ireland in Oceania; that of Guilhem Montagut,
who, with his Hogon show, is honoring the
antique statuary of Mali; and that of Lucas Ratton,
whose gallery on Rue de Seine will be transformed
into a Baule altar celebrating the fi nesse and attention
to detail with which the sculptors of this Côte
d’Ivoire culture rendered the human form.
Other exhibitions will explore cross-cultural subjects.
This will provide fodder for Olivier Larroque’s
presentation; for Alain Bovis, who will approach it as a
source of inspiration for artists as well as a projection of
the human spirit; and for Laurent Dodier, who will examine
the fascination man has always had for wild animals
through the presentation of fi fteen animal
masks, largely from West Africa.
Other events will offer opportunities
to become acquainted with specifi c aesthetic
universes. One of the most eagerly
awaited shows will at Galerie Bernard
Dulon. Titled L’Art de la collection: Jan
Calmeyn (The Art of the Collection: Jan
Calmeyn), it will feature this Belgian artist’s
sculptures presented alongside objects
from his African art collection that
have inspired him so deeply.