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- Realm of the Ancestors -

10 - 18 March 2018

TEFAF, Maastricht, Netherlands

Charles-Wesley Hourdé is delighted to annonce his participation to the upcoming TEFAF Maastricht, Showcase section. Gathered around the ancestors theme, he will exhibit an exceptional selection of African, Oceanic, and Pre-columbian artworks. 


The highlights of his show will be a group of three New-Ireland masterpieces (Oceania). These sculptures distinguish themselves by their artistic quality, their rarity, and their historical pedigree. Collected by German Captains at the beginning of the last century, these three artworks were acquired by the Bremen Museum between 1905 and 1911. 

This unique collection consists of two Malagan figures and one Uli. While the latter has been published by Krämer in 1925 in his key reference book about New-Ireland, one of the Malagan is visible in-situ on a photograph circa 1900. A catalogue accompanying the show will include a rich and illustrated study of these works by Michael Gunn Ph.D, former Canberra Museum curator and New Ireland specialist, and Jean-Philippe Beaulieu, CNRS researcher and Uli specialist.


Among the other artworks selected for Maastricht, will be exhibited an extraordinary Bembe female figure (Democratic Republic of Congo), an extremely rare asymmetric Dan mask (Ivory Coast), and a historic Teke mask collected before 1928 (DRC).

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