Thematic exhibition “in the Arctic”
Ancient Eskimo Arts
Antique works of art from Alaska, born of archaic North American Eskimo cultures, are exceedingly rare. Archaic Eskimo art – whose oldest sculptures excavated from the frozen permafrost go back nearly 2,500 years – conceals poetry, mystery and a power of evocation that are unique.
Stylization of features, alliance of naturalism and symbolism, sculptural finesse, sobriety and a hieratic quality – these are the key features characterizing this several thousand years old aesthetic style, whose parallels with modern art are striking.
These sculptures and masks with their vibrant souls, veritable « gifts from the ancestors », to use the title of the 2009 Princeton exhibition, have managed to transcend time and space to inspire us in the present day.
It is this inexhaustible source of emotion and evocation that we wish to show through our exhibition “In the Arctic…” which we invite you to discover.