Motivations for studying and collecting tribal, native, ritual, ethnic, ethnographic, classical, traditional, old, antique, "primitive" art objects from black Africa:

  • to appreciate these artefacts as superior forms of strong, superb aesthetic expression and craftsmanship
  • the simple, minimalist, symmetric style of many objects is attractive
  • the ethnographic / ethnological / ethno-historical / art historical interest; as a catalyst for pursuing knowledge of the collected objects:
    their original cultural contexts (that is their ethnic origin);
    cross-"tribal" influences;
    their material components;
    methods of production…
  • for decorative purposes
  • their investment potential ("appreciation")
  • the mystery and power evoked by exotic objects in an environment that is far away from the environment in which they were created (both geographically speaking as well as culturally)
  • the symbolic and ceremonial meanings of the artefacts
  • the sensation of being confronted with objects of a certain apparent age (as evidenced by wear, erosion, patina, etc.)
  • to preserve artefacts originating from traditional cultures
  • the pleasure of researching and determining the degree of authenticity of artefacts
  • the thrill of treasure hunting
  • as a medium that stimulates interest in like-minded individuals who share the same interest,
    like the famous scientist Prigogine, and many famous artists, including
    • Apollinaire
    • Arman
    • Georg Baselitz
    • Constantin Brancusi
    • Georges Braque
    • Andre Breton
    • Giacometti
    • Guillaume Corneille
    • José de Guimarães
    • Derain
    • Max Ernst
    • Helen Frankenthaler
    • Chaim Gross
    • Elsworth Kelly
    • Paul Klee
    • Fritz Koenig
    • Alberto Magnelli
    • Henri Matisse
    • Willy Mestach
    • Permeke
    • Picasso
    • Man Ray
    • Richard Serra
    • Frank Stella
    • Vlaminck
    • Andy Warhol
    • ...
      cfr. the book:
      Author: William Rubin; Richard E. Oldenburg; Kirk Varnedoe
      Title: Primitivism in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern (2 vols.)
      Publisher: New York: Museum of Modern Art
      Date published: 1984

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