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Parcours des mondes: Tribal Art Fair Opens in Paris

Rare statue Turka/Senoufo (Burkina-Faso) H : 67 cm.Collectée in situ au début des années 60Photo © Hughes DuboisGalerie Renaud VanuxemPhoto courtesy of  Parcours des mondes
Rare statue Turka/Senoufo (Burkina-Faso)
H : 67 cm.
Collectée in situ au début des années 60
Photo © Hughes Dubois
Galerie Renaud Vanuxem
Photo courtesy of  Parcours des mondes
Parcours des mondes: Tribal Art Fair Opens in Paris
PARIS  •  various galleries  •  Ongoing

The Parcours des mondes, which has become the world’s leading annual international show for tribal art, will once again be held in the heart of the gallery district in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris. For the seventh year, some 63 specialized galleries, including some of the finest in the field, will participate, each set up in an individual gallery space in the neighborhood.

Paris has always been one of the world’s leading locations to buy the antique indigenous arts of Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas. Because of this enviable position, more than 50% of the exhibitors participating in the Parcours des mondes this year will be from out of town. This unique show covers an area of 25,000 m2, in which dealers from Belgium, the United States, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Netherlands, as well as some from other areas of France, will join their Parisian colleagues and set up for five days in gallery spaces along the historic rues des Beaux-Arts, de Seine, Jacques Callot, Visconti, Guénégaud, and quai Malaquais.

For an increasing number of collectors today, the aesthetic harmony of contemporary and tribal art is clear, despite huge conceptual differences. Living proof of this is the African art collection assembled by contemporary art dealers Liliane and Michel Durand-Dessert, which will be on show at the Monnaie de Paris both during and after the Parcours. Another exhibition titled Parcours Croisés at Galerie Jeanne-Bucher will make direct comparisons between tribal art and the work of important twentieth century artists such as Giacometti and Dubuffet.

Among the Parcours participants this year, Jacques Germain will exhibit African objects in the gallery of Jean-François Aittouarès, who will complement them with paintings by artists such as Hans Hartung. Bernard de Grunne will be the guest of Patrice Trigano, and his objects will be in direct dialogue with works by Magritte, Léger, and Picasso.

The new organizers of the Parcours des mondes are offering visitors to the event a rare opportunity to contemplate an exceptional private collection of African art. From September 10–24, the Monnaie de Paris (the old Paris mint) will host the exhibition Fragments du Vivant: African Sculpture from the Liliane and Michel Durand-Dessert Collection. Approximately 150 examples of African art are on view.

Parcours des mondes Web Site

Please click here for the Culturekiosque feature: Magical Faces of Africa.

Detailed schedule information:

Open every day from 11 am –7 pm, except Sunday until 5 pm.

Open late on Thursday, September 11 am – 9 pm


Fine art district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Participating galleries are situated on rues: des Beaux-Arts, de Seine, Jacques Callot, Mazarine, Guénégaud, Jacob and quai Malaquais

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