If you still need an excuse to buy an Ipad

The catalogue of the Collection Françoise et Jean Corlay (Sotheby’s, Paris) is now available as an Ipad app.

Corlay collection

Or, just browse online here.


LACMA purchases Bamana gwan figure

"Gwan" mother and child figure. (Museum Associates / LACMA, 2013)
“Gwan” mother and child figure. (Museum Associates / LACMA, 2013)

Last April, the L.A. County Museum of Art purchased a Bamana gwan figure from James Willis for $ 1 million (coming down from the original asking price of $ 1.6 million). The maternity figure will be welcoming visitors at the entrance of the museum’s new African Art galleries.

According to Polly Nooter Roberts, the newly hired curator of African Art at LACMA and professor at UCLA:

It’s a very symbolic acquisition for the museum, as LACMA is conceiving and giving birth to a new area of collecting and display.

The new galleries open July 7 with an exhibition of Luba sculptures on loan from the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium.

“Of course, a figure of this age would sustain some losses,” Roberts said as she presented the sculpture, referred to as Mother and Child Figure for the Gwan Association because it would have been presented at the Day of Gwan, an annual celebration to greet the agricultural season. It still has a rich, almost glossy sheen, even though the woman’s braids have fallen off and she sits on a stool that now has three instead of four legs. The child has lost its head, too, but these omissions leave “us with fragments of the sublime,” as Roberts put it.

Read more about it here and here.


White gold, black hands. Vol. 6.

Volume 6 of the fantastic series Ivory Sculpture in Congo is due to be out on June 5th. A must have. This volume features articles on the Lega by Kellim Brown and Bernard de Grunne, as well as a study on non-figurative ivories of the Shi by Thomas Bayet & Pierre Loos.

Available during Bruneaf at Congo Gallery with a 50 € discount, so don’t sleep !

White Gold Black Hands vol. 6


Zemanek 25 May 2013

The new Zemanek catalogue is online.

Download it here.

Zemanek May 2013

Notice the fantastic Ibibio mask on the cover, a rare find with an excised eye (unfortunately not visible on the front cover).


Bruneaf XXIII

The catalogue of the next Bruneaf is now available online, view it here.

There are three new participants this year: Andrew J. Berz, Sarah de Monbrison (now permanent in Brussels) & Yasmina Chenoufi from Paris.

Opening hours:

Wednesday June 5th 2013 from 3 pm till 9 pm
Thursday June 6th from 11 am till 7 pm
Friday June 7th from 11 am till 8 pm
Saturday June 8th from 11 am till 7 pm
Sunday June 9th from 11 am till 5 pm


Exhibtions Publications

Lega gems during Bruneaf 2013


June 2013 Bruneaf will host an exhibition with Lega objects from the Benoît Rousseau collection. Since he is renowned for his Lega collection, I’m very curious about this.

Picture: Bruneaf
Picture: Bruneaf

His name might ring a bell..  Claes Gallery did a small exhibition during Bruneaf 2012 with five objects from of his collection, you can see pictures of it here.

UPDATE: pictures of the exhibition on François Boulanger’s blog can be found here.


Welcome to my diary..


Me and this wonderful Luluwa figure from the Metropolitan welcome you to my diary, documenting my adventures in the wonderful world of African Art as well as sharing all relevant news from the frontline…

Luluwa figure. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection - The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1978.412.544)
Luluwa figure. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1978.412.544)