Berend Hoekstra discovered the arts of Africa and Oceania at the age of 12 in Breda (Holland) where a part of the Leiden Museum’s collection was then displayed. As a teenager he became a regular at the museum, fascinated by the masks and all the staggeringly forceful creations that resembled none of what had hitherto been his world. The end of his university career marked a move to Amsterdam, where his eye was immediately drawn to the antique shops offering the distant arts of Africa and Oceania. Meeting Loed and Mia Van Bussel and discovering their collection dedicated to the arts of Oceania would prove pivotal and his taste for the creations of this continent grew. The artist proceeded to acquire some of the most iconic pieces of his collection: the three masterpieces of Kanak art and the striking Sepik mask. Sotheby’s June various-owners auction of Art of Africa and Oceania in Paris on 21 June will include masterpieces from the Berend Hoekstra Collection, an exemplary grouping of works from Oceanic and African art. Click ahead to find out more about his collection and to see highlights.
Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie
Paris 21 June 2017