An art-world native, Charles-Wesley Hourdé launched his professional career by opening a stand in the Puces de Saint-Ouen in 2005. The following year he opened a gallery devoted to his chosen speciality in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Parisian epicentre for those interested in African and Oceanic art. There, he organized regular exhibitions at the gallery while participating in numerous international events. In 2010, Christie's invited him to join their African and Oceanian Art Department. In 2016, following this enriching experience, he decided to become independent again and to devote himself to new, more personal projects. He therefore opened a gallery in Saint-Germain-des-Prés (first on rue Mazarine, then on rue de Seine) where he organized several important exhibitions including ‘Passeurs de Rêves’ in 2016, ‘L'Emprise des masques’ in 2017 and ‘Pigalle 1930: retour sur une exposition mythique’ in 2018. A fine connoisseur of the artworks he shows and their history, his catalogues are richly illustrated and fully documented. The author of the most comprehensive study to date on the famous Japanese cabinetmaker Kichizô Inagaki, he also (this year) co-directed a publication on the exhibition of African and Oceanic art held at the Galerie Pigalle in 1930, a book intended to become a reference work.
Founded : 2005
C.N.E. Compagnie Nationale des Experts, Amis du musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Détours des Mondes
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