The Asmat people of Papua New Guinea (PNG) live in what might be described as the most hostile environment on Earth, with torrid jungle and muddy swamps infested by crocodiles and Malarial mosquitoes as their everyday habitat. Their renown as artists is equalled only by their infamy as ferocious headhunters and even cannibals.
The mysterious disappearance of Nelson Rockefeller’s son, Michael Rockefeller, in the Sepik region in 1961 sparked controversy and propelled PNG on the world map. Nowadays, Asmat art remain at the forefront of Oceanic Art, and no collection of tribal art can be complete with its absence, and collectors and museums around the world vie to have Asmat art represented.
The Art House Gallery Museum of Ethnic Art here in Kuala Lumpur is proud to launch this unique exhibition and sale of Asmat art.
Most of the artworks belong to the collection of Dr. Alijah Gordon who made several trips there in the 1970s. She passed away in 2003 (aged 74), and now her entire collection is up for sale, with part of the proceeds to be channelled back to the Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI), a non- governmental organisation which she founded in 1959, helping to serve more than 20 different refugees communities from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.
The exhibition will continue indefinitely.
ART HOUSE GALLERY
MUSEUM OF ETHNIC ARTS
Lot 3.04 & 3.05, Level 2,
Annexe Building, Central Market,
10, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
012 388 6868
email: [email protected]
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