Gouro/Bété mask, Ivory Coast
Gouro/Bété mask in profile, Ivory Coast
Feminine Makonde Figures, Tanzania/Mozambique
Bernard de Grunne has been immersed in the world of tribal art for over forty years, having helped his father, Baudouin de Grunne, to build his legendary collection between 1968 and 1995. He obtained a PhD in African Art at Yale University in 1987 before becoming head of the tribal art department of Sotheby's in London and New York, a position he held until 1992. 1995 marked the opening of his own gallery, which specializes in the art of Africa, Oceania and tribal Indonesia. His unique experience has earned him a solid international reputation and he is much sought after for his professionalism, expertise and skill as a historian.
C.B.E.O.A (Chambre Belge des Experts en Oeuvres d´Art ), C.R.A.B. / K.K.A.B. (Chambre Royale des Antiquaires et des Négociants en Œuvres d’art de Belgique / Koninklijke Kamer van de Antiquairs en Kunsthandelaars van België ), S.N.A. (Syndicat National des Antiquaires Négociants en Objets d'Art Tableaux anciens et modernes de France)
BRAFA - Brussels, BRUNEAF - Brussels, Frieze Masters - London, Parcours des Mondes - Paris, TEFAF Maastricht,
BRAFA 2018: A remarkable and rare Kota, Gabon
This janus Kota is among the rarest of the Kota known, presented by Bernard de Grunne
BRAFA 2018: One of the most elegant ancient Gouro/Bete mask
BRAFA 2018: The Three Graces: From Pompeii to the Makonde
The grouping of three wonderful Venuses from the Makonde tribe in Mozambique is the first time ever three statues carved by one great master and one of his pupils are presented together. It is quite meaningful that all three works belonged initially to three contemporary artists, Willy Mestach, David Henrion and Daniel Hourdé. This theme of the three Graces as a group of three young women in the prime of their youth and as symbolic images of beauty and elegance has inspired many great painters and sculptors since the Antiquity. The earliest depictions of the Three Graces show the trio of goddesses naked, with the central figure always turned backwards, showing her voluptuous behind.
BRAFA 2018 by Bernard de Grunne
Bernard de Grunne presents an introduction of his show at BRAFA Art Fair 2018, showcasing a selection of African art treasures, such as a rare Bamileke royal couple from Cameroon, unseen since the 1950s; a Kota Janus from Gabon; an exceptional Gouro/Bete mask from Ivory Coast...
Guido Gryseels, director of the Royal Museum of Central Africa
Guido Gryseels, director of the Royal Museum of Central Africa shares his « coup de coeur » at BRAFA 2017 with a rare pende mask presented by Bernard de Grunne.