There's a weird cultural politics going on behind the fact that the ACM's Angkor exhibition is drawn from the Musée Guimet, i.e. it's full of colonially acquired artefacts. But the show acknowledges this, displaying works that were yielded by this very colonial eye: Orientalist reimaginings of Angkor by French artists, rubbings and plaster casts of the statuary, documentation of the fake Khmer temples built in Paris and Marseille for grand exhibitions, even a car ad showing a Lincoln next to the Buddha faces of Bayon 😂 #frenchart#cambodianart
Home’s co-director Madeleine Preston @madeleine_preston has a solo exhibition opening July 25th at @galeriepompom The exhibition titled Intolerable Leisure is informed by her recent residency at the Cité. “…I visited the Quai Branly Museum @quaibranly with its vast collection of art from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. The collection originates in what the museum calls ‘economic exchanges as the result of the first colonial expansion.’ What struck me most was that a large part if not most of the collection would have been amassed through theft and ‘economic exchanges’ that favoured the buyer – if an ‘exchange’ occurred at all. Like many European museums of its kind that are funded to study non-European cultures, the museum is a study in European expansionism and Imperialist attitudes to non-European cultures. Intolerable Leisure takes the idea of the museum as a cipher for violence and history to talk about how museums continue to be used to tell specific stories…’ For further info check link in bio.
Image 1: Kiaapaatt masks, collected in 1934 from Greenland
2: Paquet magico-religieux avec croix (Voodoo) Haiti
3. Stoning of a Christian Martyr, Ethiopian painting (end of 17th century); detail from a painting from the northern wall of the Church of Abbas Antonios, Gondar, Ethiopia #mask#quaibranly#homeat735#cite#madeleinepreston#sydneyart#parisart#Greenland#tribalmask#masks#frenchart#sydneyartgallery
The Romans could be pretty cruel. Cimon was an older man who had been convicted of a crime (the story does not mention what he did). He was sentenced to death by starvation. He was locked up and denied food until he died. His daughter visited him daily and secretly breastfed him. By doing so she risked jail herself. Eventually she was caught and brought before a judge. She told him of her love of her father and what a good man he was and because of that both she and her father were pardoned. The tale was known as an exemplary story. These were stories that served as examples of a particular virtue. In this case it is also known as ‘Roman Charity’. In the 17th century it became a popular subject for paintings. The rich merchant classes saw these as the virtues of their class.
Roman Charity, Charles Mellin, 1627-1628, Louvre, Paris.
#newstock Towards the end of his life, eminent French artist, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1796 - 1875), created a series of six emotive paintings depicting models in his studio. At this point in his career, Corot often produced melancholic scenes that were thick with emotion and uncertainty.
In this example, entitled ‘L’Atelier De Corot, Jeune Femme A La Mandoline’, we see a young seated woman holding a mandolin in her right hand while thoughtfully staring into the yonder. On her left, an empty multi-coloured chair, which perhaps symbolises absence or loss, is illuminated by the light.
This vintage print dates to around 1950 and accurately represents the original.
@picassoswomen @robin_rile_fine_art Pablo Picasso ‘Autour d’el Greco portraits Svarc modele etendue et Bonhomie’ Original Etching and aquatint, 1968, signed by the artist in pencil, from the “347 Series”. Picasso was a great admirer of the artist El Greco and this is a ‘Hommage’ to him #pablopicasso#elgreco#fairheadfineart 🇬🇧 #artsy#etching