AN INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPERIENCE
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THE TRIBAL ARTS
CROSS CULTURAL HERITAGE
Each collection, like the canvas of the painter or the musician’s musical score, has it’s peculiar features, a sort of ‘fil rouge’ that makes the recherche of the collector unique and unrepeatable.
At first glance, complex heterogeneous collections of various sectors of the arts premiers and of contemporary art, assembled by a single collector, to a more careful analysis can uncover rather obvious connections and points of contact, revealing how the collector has
the specific note, this particular trait,
that universal archetype
in materials only apparently incompatible and different.
In the catalog “Passioni d’Africa” (L’Arte Africana nelle Collezioni italiane 2009 pag.193) Chantal Dandrieu outlines the character
the search criteria
in African field of Mr Max Itzikovitz, typical of an
not conformed with the directives and stereotypes of the market,
always ready to discover
“new things … and ignored”
and without the fear
of defending his own new discoveries.
The result of thirty years of research, his Himalayan collection, seems inspired by the aesthetic presupposition.
The Dandrieu’s words about the character of Mr Itzikovitz are confirmed by the memory of his first purchase in this area, the discovery of an anonymous and mysterious mask, something that looked like nothing he had seen previuosly.
He did not know which area it came from.
Then Itzikovitz decided to purchase other of the same typology, without worrying
about the absence of a “notorious pedigree”, use, or ethnic group attribution.
An “unusual practice among lovers of primitive arts “always anxious to see “the unchallengeable” criteria of the age, authencity, origin.
Free from all prejudice, supported only by his intuition,
he collected objects without history guided only by the aesthetic criteria
… and “fresh eyes”;
intrigued by the back sides that every collector would dream of finding in”a very ancient Dan mask from the Ivory Coast, or a Quiche one from Guatemala…”.
some of his himalayan objects probably partly reveals the
of his heterogeneous intellectual pursuit of a universal archetype:
“Baule monkey begging”, “Olga, Tribute to Picasso”
“Francis Bacon’s prize-fighter”, “The astonished Inuit,” “The Gesuit”,
“The Batak” “Boris Karloff in meditation””Fantomas”…
In the catalog
WOOD SCULPTURE IN NEPAL JOKERS AND TALISMANS
we discover an hidden side of this International Collector of Arts Premiers, a sort of partial autobiography,
a mirror which reflects a part of his inmost soul;
not just a sectorial catalog , but the mature fruit of a mystical visual search, unavoidable chapter of a journey ….. of his independent, personal, unique and tireless, archetypal interdisciplinary research.
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