Highlighting the strong bond between a collector and an art dealer, Shared Passion explores a remarkable collection of African art assembled in the twenty-first century
This book documents and celebrates the patience and perseverance of, and the friendship between, the Belgian collector Michel Vandenkerckhove and the Belgian art dealer and gallerist Didier Claes, and the exceptional African art collection that is the result of their collaboration. Alongside stunning black and white images of masks, figures, and utilitarian objects from numerous sites across the African continent and from a variety of time periods, essays by art historian Bruno Claessens expound on the most interesting aspects of this collection. Four separate topics are examined in depth: the abstract guardian figures of the Kota, the power statues of the Kongo, the enigmatic art of the Lega, and the much-loved ikhoko pendants of the Pende. An innovative graphic design, featuring photography by Hughes Dubois, shines a light on this extraordinary collection, available to the public for the first time through this publication.
Distributed for Mercatorfonds
Bruno Claessens (1983) is founder of Duende Art Projects. He was previously the European director of the African art department at Christie’s and the archivist of the Yale University-van Rijn Archive of African Art.
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