Bernard de Grunne - Tribal Fine Arts
Tribal fine arts of Africa, Oceania and Indonesia
180 avenue Franklin Roosevelt
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Bernard de Grunne
Bernard de Grunne has been immersed in the world of great tribal sculpture for more than 40 years as he actively accompanied his father Baudouin de Grunne in building one of the finest collection of Tribal art in Europe from 1968 to 1995. He studied under the legendary Dr. Albert Maesen and has earned a Ph.D. in African Art History with Robert Thomson at Yale University in 1987. He became the worldwide head of the Tribal Art department at Sotheby's from 1987 to 1992 and opened his own Tribal Art gallery in 1995 in African, Oceanic. He has acquired an international reputation for quality, scholarship and professionalism and has been advisor to some of the finest private collections in the US and Europe.
He has also published on the arts of the Dogon, Tabwa, Lega, the Djenné-jeno and the Nok cultures. He has curated a major exhibition on the notion of Master Hands in fourteen African stylesand the first exhibition of the arts styles of the Nok culture from Nigeria.