TEFAF 2019, overwhelms in every way (final blog 3)

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I finish my first TEFAF visit with some impressions of Tribal art and design. The Belgium gallery Didier Claes from Brussels’s has several interesting figurines and statues from African countries like Gongo and Gabon made from wood, metal, pigments, vegetal fibers, copper and brass. Kind of intimidating is a big mummy-like statute Vanuatu from the early 20th Century covered with attributes.

 

The Tetela Mask from the 19th Century at stand 604 from Lucas Ratton is a rare beauty. The colored wood is covered with fur and feathers, and the motives and lines give the face a direct expression. Also impressing is the 250 cm high wooden Funeral Post Hempatong (stand 615). The Dayak people from Borneo, Indonesia probably used this 18th-19th Century statute. Moving on to the big embrace by NWC Force Arms. I wonder to who these big wooden arms, curved out of one piece in an over life size, belonged to. Was there more than these arms? What is the symbolism behind it? It was discovered in the Northwest Coast of British Colombia in the late 19th Century (Galerie Meyer- Oceanic & Eskimo Art, stand 605).

 

There is also a great diversity on design at TEFAF. From a funny and stylish Bird Lamp (1952) by the French Roger Capron, to a sophisticated day sofa which seemed to be inspired by ancient Roman art to the famous Lounge chair from 1936 by Marcel Breuer (1902-1981), which is molded and cut from maple plywood with upholstery wool (Jackson Design AB, stand 617).

 

Finally, I have a look at some ancient art from Asia and Iran. From big Buddha’s to a variety of attributes, such as little statues, tableware, trays, utensils and vases. Not to forget some of the antique music books and religious works, that have very detailed notched motives on the cover. In the press corridors I hear voices say that this is one of the best editions of the TEFAF history so far, with a steady high quality of art. So although, after thirty years, it is not too late to get introduced with this amazing art fair. Moreover, this might just be the right timing to discover all these pearls.

 

More info: tefaf.com 

 

TIP: This year TEFAF expands its program with side events in the vivid city center of Maastricht with TEFAF and the City. Read more about this in my other blogs and check tefafandthecity.com

 

Text & photo's: Angelique van Os

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