MANDE Ancient Treasures - Trésors Millénaires

Exhibition at Ancienne Nonciature, Brussels, June 2016
June 14, 2016

On the occasion of its 28th edition, BRUNEAF partnered with Bernard de Grunne to curate a major exhibition of 28 exceptional objects from the ancient cultures of the middle Niger in Mali. For the first time since 1990, a remarkable group of 16 ancient terracotta figures from Djenné-Jeno and 4 bronze statuettes from the same culture were presented, together with 8 wooden figures, dating from the 10th to the 15th century and carved by various Soninke artists. Bernard de Grunne is a passionate fine tribal arts dealer devoted to authenticity, but he is also a scientist turned into an expert, an art historian, and above all a fine connoisseur with a sharp eye and all the stories to tell about the objects.