With more than 15 years of experience, Charles-Wesley Hourdé is an antique dealer specialised in ancient arts of Africa, Oceania and America.
He notably directed Christie's African and Oceanic art department, and contributed as a consultant at Sotheby's.
With a gallery situated in Paris, he is a member of the Compagnie Nationale des Experts, the Syndicat National des Antiquaires and a friend of the Amis du musée du Quai Branly and of the Centre Pompidou.
Expert, dealer, author, he is at your disposal for all acquisition, sale, brokerage, expertise, advice, and research.
I am proud to annonce my participation at BRAFA 2020. On the occasion I will have the pleasure of presenting a transversal exhibition - entitled Wild Spirits - on the theme of the animal mask in Western Africa. The exhibition will showcase a group of wooden masks, from secular traditions, with the contemporary photographs of Fatoumata Diabaté, who shows, by working on the masked portrait, the durability of a cultural heritage in Malian society.
Boldly combining pieces made more than a century apart, it is the decisive role of
these supernatural zoomorphic entities, whose symbolic power permeates all the
beliefs and legends of the peoples of West Africa, that the Wild Spirits exhibition aims to highlight.
This exhibition is organised together with 31 PROJECT.
Collecting works from faraway continents is an art that cannot be improvised.
Buying, Selling, Expertise, Brokerage, Advice, Research, Charles-Wesley Hourdé offers you his experience and his specialized library to help you better understand this market.
With a desire to deepen and transmit, Charles-Wesley Hourdé has published numerous exhibition catalogues and books that are now references, including:
Galerie Pigalle: Afrique, Océanie. 1930. Une exposition mythique,
et In Praise of the Human Form, Arts of Africa, America and Oceania, The Josette and Jean-Claude Weill Collection
31 PROJECT - contemporary art originating from Africa and its diasporas
Charles-Wesley Hourdé and Clémence Houdart have founded 31 PROJECT. This platform is dedicated to the promotion of African contemporary art scenes through multidisciplinary exhibitions of emerging and established artists from the continent and its diasporas. These events are held at the galerie ou during international art fairs. To find out more about 31 PROJECT please click below.