from the 11th -19th November 11am - 4pm.
There will be a talk about the collection on Wednesday 16th November, 6.30 for 7pm.
This is what Mike and Emma say about their exhibition:
TRIBAL – A SELECTION OF TRIBAL AND CONTEMPORARY ART FROM A PRIVATE WILTSHIRE COLLECTION. A work of art has value only in so far as it quivers with reflections of the future. André Breton The works in this exhibition are part of a private collection that has been lovingly assembled
over the past thirty years. To begin with our emphasis was on tribal art of Africa, but this soon
spread out to include tribal works from all over the globe. Realising that many early 20th
century painters and potters had been influenced by tribal art, we began to seek out works
by more contemporary artists who had also been influenced by African andOceanic art-works.
Interestingly, many of the artists whose work we collect have been influenced by Surrealism.
This is perhaps not too surprising when we realize that many of the early Surrealists,
including André Breton, Tristan Tzara, Max Ernst and Man Ray, also collected tribal art.
Today we have no real idea as to how many art pieces we now have. We only know that we
cannot display them all in our home and so we are pleased that others will be able to share
some of them with us, if only for a short time. One of our favourite quotations comes from
the late David Kidd, a man who amassed a truly great collection of oriental art. “Having a lot
of money,” he said, “and using it to buy great pieces of art on the world market – anyone
can do that. Not having money, but still being able to buy great pieces – that’s fun.” And so