"Many years ago I wondered what a tribal art lover and a member of an ethnic group have in common. I think the common ground lies in passion. Okay, this passion has different manifestations - for one it is cult, art for the other. But makes that really a difference? I don't think so. Apart from the cultural contexts, it's only about one thing: the passionate and personal tribute to "primitive" art.
The historic art of the African cultures has steadily increased its status in the world of art over the decades. This gallery is an homage to African tribal art, an homage to the perfection of so called "primitive" art. For us, this art is not simple at all - it is brilliant. And that's because it's simple and complex at the same time.
The fascination of this art form is essentially based on this simplicity. Especially this simplicity - in the sense of "relaxed and focused" - allowed the Africans the pure spirit, the clear view and the calm hand from which the African tribal art could emerge in its variety and splendour.
The interplay of form, colours, patterns and materials, equally oriented towards nature and cult, makes African sculptures and masks individual and exceptionally decorative works of art. The objects are formally virtuosic, many of them outstanding. But not only the form or the incomparable haptics, also the individual past of the objects gives each of them special vitality and dignity. They are full of stories and history, culturally interesting and relevant.
My name is Alexander Dorn, born in 1966. My passion for African Tribal Art began 2004. Until 2016 I worked as manager, CEO and managing partner in German publishing companies. In 2017 I decided to combine my professional skills with my private passion. The result of this decision is the Tribute Gallery.
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