Paris, France — A Maori treasure box, a ceremonial Incan ewer, a throwing club from the Fiji Islands and a magic scroll from Ethiopia are just some of the works that can be discovered at the Parcours des mondes, the international show devoted to tribal arts being held for the 19th time this year. This voyage into the diversity of the arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania showcases exceptional pieces from dozens of galleries and exhibitors from around the world while featuring thematic exhibitions. The world of archeology is represented as well with major pieces from Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome on hand. Exhibitions include the intriguing Saints and Sorcerers from Arte Primitive in Barcelona and Sacred Wood of Africa and the Americas at the Galerie Bernard Dulon.
This year the show is partnering with La Monnaie de Paris, which houses temporary exhibitions as well as workshops of the French mint. The institution is featuring an exhibition on Akan gold weights used primarily for measuring gold dust. Several hundred of these antique weights, some figurative and some abstract will demonstrate how varied these sculptures can be while also underscoring the considerable skills of the artists that created them.
« This year will be different. We all know that. Fifty galleries will be participating —some new ones among them — while others that regularly participate will be absent because of the restrictions on travel that some countries continue to have in place. However the objects will not suffer. They will be there because many of them crossed the borders hundreds or even thousands of years ago, and they will continue to circulate and transmit their stories, » explains Pierre Moos, the director of Parcours des Mondes.
The exhibitions are hosted in and by art galleries throughout the Beaux-Arts quarter of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood. From September 8th through to September 13th For a virtual visit, map and list of galleries and venues at http://www.parcours-des-mondes.com