The Parcours des Mondes has taken place since 2002 in Paris. It is always extraordinary, if for no other reason than its atmosphere. Considered the most important tribal art fair, it is also an open-air fair, meaning that rather than congregating dealers inside one massive exhibition space, exhibitors from around the world occupy the historic Beaux-Arts neighbourhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, sharing space with existing galleries.
Of special note among the 67 exhibitors participating this year: Kapil Jariwala Gallery of London will present an exhibition called Mapping Belief. This collection of cartographic objects includes traditional maps, as well as so-called “theoretical cosmic maps,” through which the cartographers evidently hoped to be able to guide travellers through more metaphysical journeys. Didier Claes of Brussels will be exhibiting a selection of 18 Ivorian combs inside the gallery space of La Forest Divonne. The exhibition highlights the craft, artfulness and utility that went into the creation of these sublime, yet mundane, objects.
Additional highlights include an exhibition of 20 tribal war clubs by American gallery Michael Evans Tribal Art, and an exhibition by Galerie Schoffel de Fabry that will juxtapose the contemporary artworks of Yveline Tropéa with work by the ancient Yoruba people of Nigeria. Parcours de Mondes 2017 runs from 12 through 17 September.
Image caption: Statue. Basikasingo, R.D. Congo.
© Didier Claes, photo Cerise Laby. Image from Parcours des Mondes Instagram.