PARIS - Parcours des Mondes, widely recognised as the world’s most important tribal art fair, celebrates its 14th year this September. Some 50 international dealers specialising in the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas come together with galleries that have a permanent presence in Saint-Germain-des Prés to exhibit the best the market has to offer. We spoke to Director Pierre Moos about his involvement in making the fair what it is today.    

Pierre Moos.

What prompted you to start the fair?

I owned the magazine Tribal Art and had been collecting myself since I was a young man, so I was in touch with dealers on a regular basis. Fifteen years ago, I bought the fair and we turned it into the most important art fair in the world focusing on Tribal art. It is unique, since it takes place at several locations simultaneously, rather than under one roof. This makes the experience much more enjoyable. You don’t need a card to get in; you simply walk from one gallery to another enjoying what each has to offer. It is completely open to the public, which means that Parcours des Mondes has an exciting mixture of visitors.

What’s your favourite aspect of the fair?

I love that it is open to the public, but also that the selection process for the galleries is very thorough, and it is important that the proposed works have to go through a serious vetting procedure.

We are now extending to Asia for the first time, and I am very proud of having 25 galleries representing extremely high quality Asian art. My goal is to do an Asian Art Week here in Paris, together with Sotheby’s.  

In addition to the fair, lectures take place every day, and there is a retrospective exhibition of Hughes Dubois’ Tribal art photographs, including his amazing pictures of the Buddhist temple of Borobudur shot by the light of the full moon.  

What is the future for Tribal Art and how could this segment of the art market continue growing?

The future is bright and more events taking place at the same time would benefit the market for Tribal art. I am sure that more people would come to Paris if auctions, art fairs and events such as Asian Art Week happened together.