Arte y Ritual - Adam

Tellem-Dogon, Mali

C 14 : XIII–XIV century
H. 60 cm


Guus W. Sannes, The Hague, before 1968.

Exhibited and published in :
G.W. Sannes, African Primitives, Function and Form in African Masks and Figures ,1970
Musée Dapper, Dogon, Dapper, Paris 1994
O. Wick and A. Denner, Visual Encounters, Africa, Oceania and Modern Art, Beyeler Foundation, Basel 2009

Arte y Ritual - Adam

Bangwa, Fontem, Cameroon

XIX century or earlier
H. 81.5 cm


Collected by A. Pollock in Fontem, 1960
Philippe Ratton, Paris

Exhibited and published in :

P. Guimiot, Sculptures Africaines 1975
Arts Premiers d’Afrique Noire, Brussels 1977
W. Rubin, Primitivism in 20th Century Art, vol. II, New York 1987
Utotombo, L’Art d’Afrique Noire dans les Collections Privées Belges, Brussels 1988
E. Bassani, La Grande Scultura dell’Africa Nera, Florence 1989
Ten other publications

Arte y Ritual

Uli ,New Ireland

XVIII century
Wood, opercula shells, kaolin, parinarium nut paste, pigments
H. 168 cm


Collected by Franz Boluminski, 1900
Linden Museum, Stuttgart, 1908
Arthur Speyer, Berlin
Ralph Nash, London
Anne and Jacques Kerchache, Paris

Exhibited and published in :
O. Wick and A. Denner, Visual Encounters, Africa, Oceania and Modern Art, Beyeler Foundation, Basel 2009
A. Krämer, Die Malánggane Von Tombára, G. Müller, Munich 1925
P.C. Gifford, The Iconology of the Uli Figure of Central New Ireland, Columbia University 1974

Arte y Ritual

Leti or Babar, Southern Moluccas, Indonesia

C 14 : XV–XVII century
H. 41 cm

Private collection, Amsterdam

Published :
CHEN CHI-LU, Material Culture of the Formosan Aborigines, The Taiwan Museum, Taipei, 1968, PG. 379, FIG. J

Arte y Ritual

Tiki sculpture, Marquesas Islands

C 14: XVII-XVIII century
H. 69 cm

Collected by Governor Edouard Petit in 1884 in an expedition on board “Le Mistral”
By descent to Marcelle Falcoz, his daughter
Private collection, Paris

Exhibited and published in :
V. Bounouré, Vision d’Océanie, Musée Dapper, Paris, 1992, p. 51
O. Wick and A. Denner, Visual Encounters. Africa, Oceania and Modern Art, Beyeler Foundation, Basel, 2009, fasc. IX, fig. 9

M. Falcoz, “L’Art Marquisien”, in L’Art et les Artistes, Paris, 1938, t. 35, pp. 263-269
V. Bounouré, “Retentissement de la Parole Sauvage,” in Les Antiquaires au Grand Palais, Paris, 1984

Arte y Ritual

Mask, Old Bering Sea Culture, Alaska

C 14: IV-V century
Wood, possibly spruce
H. 31 cm

George Terasaki, New York, 1960
Jane Katcher, Miami

Exhibited and published in:
Espíritus del Agua. Arte de Alaska y la Columbia Británica, Fundación la Caixa, Barcelona-Madrid 2000
Spirits of the Water, The Menil Foundation, Houston, Texas 2000

S.C. Brown and G. Terasaki, Transfigurations. North Pacific Coast Art. Seattle 2006

ADAM: Analog- Digital- Ancient- Masters:

The  Casanovas selected 179 artworks of exceptional artistic quality, the creations of anonymous artists from the past, men of great talent who, in close connection to their spiritual beliefs, were capable of achieving mastery in their sculptural execution. And, as Picasso once said, “They have not yet been surpassed”.
A commemoration of a 30 year journey in the world of Primitive Art.