Additional artworks will be shown on 27/01/2021 !


Galerie Flak - Press kit

KATSINA CALLING, Hopi ritual figures of Arizona, Ancient Arts of North America 

For hundreds of years, atop the mesas of Arizona, masked and costumed dancers have gathered week after week on the plaza - the large rectangular central square of the Hopi village - to pray for rain and germination. They represent Kachina spirits or 'katsina' (plural katsinam), a term signifying both wooden figurine, masked dancer, and deity. Objects of tradition and of education, tools to remember and works of art in their own right, katsina dolls give vibrant testimony to the traditions and secret beliefs of Native Americans of the Southwest...
Since the early 20th century, illustrious predecessors such as the Surrealists around André Breton or Max Ernst, as well as Claude Lévi-Strauss, André Malraux, or Jacques Lacan, have all fallen under the spell of these polychrome wooden dolls. In turn, these pioneers have passed on their passion to entire generations of collectors. Thus, katsinam have remained, since their discovery over a hundred years ago, an endless source of dreams, poetry, and inspiration...
20 years in the making, this exhibition entitled 'Katsina Calling' presents an exceptional collection of several dozen antique Katsina dolls dating from the 1880s to the 1930s...
Cross Crown, Four-Corner Cloud, Nahoile-chiwakopachoki Katsina doll, Hopi, Arizona, Carved cottonwood, natural pigments, Circa 1910s or earlier, H 32 cm, Ex collection George Everett Shaw, Colorado

BRAFA 2024 - Galerie Flak - Katsina Calling



Galerie Flak, founded in 1990 by Edith and Roland Flak, is located at 8 rue des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. The gallery specialises in the classical arts of Africa, Oceania & North America. Julien Flak is a member of the SNA (Syndicat National des Antiquaires) and a certified expert in the ancient arts of North America and Oceania (CECOA). He is also the chairman of the annual Paris Tribal event that takes place at Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The gallery takes part in international art fairs including FAB Paris, Parcours des Mondes and Paris Tribal.

Founded : 1990


Classical arts of Africa, Oceania and North America


S.N.A. Syndicat National des Antiquaires Négociants en Objets d'Art Tableaux anciens et modernes de France, C.E.C.O.A. Chambre Européenne des Experts Conseil en Oeuvres d'Art


FAB Paris, Parcours des Mondes - Paris, Paris Tribal - Paris