This year is the 20th edition of the Tribal Art Fair, which has grown from a small Dutch fair to an internationally acknowledged fair with visitors from all over the world. The fair is known for its diversity and quality – objects, regions and a variety in prices. It is an unmissable event for collectors, art lovers and anyone interested in non-European and ethnographic art.
Masks and statues as well as furniture from Africa, religious objects and jewellery from Asia and ritual objects from New Guinea. Objects for daily use, as well as objects associated with fertility, initiation or transition rituals, will be on display at the TAF. Exhibitors will be happy to explain individual objects from their collections.
Twenty-one dealers from home and abroad exhibit in the Duif. This year there will be new participants; Ritual Curious Gallery from Barcelona and Zubek Gallery from Düsseldorf, both presenting objects especially from Africa. Astamangala, Galerie Lemaire, Louis Nierijnck and Tribal Design have been exhibiting from the very beginning of the TAF. All exhibitors will show their recent acquisitions and have done research on the origins and ethical aspects of the history of the objects they are showing.
There is an interesting lecture program in Dutch and English. On Friday, independent researcher Caroline van Santen will give a lecture in English Highlighting objects associated with a Dutch navy voyage which visited the Marquesan island of Nuku Hiva in May 1825 developments in Marquesan material culture.
The lecture on Sunday of Philip van Kerrebroeck is also in English; The human skull: totem or taboo?” In which he will explain his research about the significance of the tribal human skull and the ethical and legal issues around the skull as part of a collection. The full program can be read on the website.
The TAF will take place the last weekend of October in the historic church ‘De Duif’. The exhibitors will be happy to welcome anyone with an interest in ethnographic art.