ENCOUNTERS & EVENTS




Lecture and book signing (in English) - Wednesday 11th  September from 2 to 3 pm 

Address : Alcazar, 62 rue Mazarine

Rarities: The Himalayas to Hawaii by Thomas Murray

Thomas Murray’s new book “Rarities: The Himalayas to Hawaii“ proposes to follow the artistic traditions of the ancient migratory and trade routes of the Austronesians, South-East Asian Bronze Age, and Hindu-Buddhist peoples. The pieces illustrated were selected for their aesthetic merit and rarity, hence the title. The breadth of their origin is great, from the Himalayas to the Hawaiian Islands, but nonetheless confined to cultures for which a greater family affiliation can be drawn. Until the colonial era, Austronesian languages were the most widely distributed in the world, from Madagascar in the West to Easter Island and Hawaii in the East. Just as people, languages, religious belief systems, and technology can travel great distances and yet remain related owing to the conservative nature of indigenous societies, styles of art move as well, and sculptural styles can evolve. The great migrations of peoples, languages and cultures bring fascinating archaeological, linguistic, genetic, anthropological and artistic insights. Certain recurring iconographicthemes demonstrate how connected our shared human experience truly is, and how archetypes may be identified and tracked across great distances, whether by a process of cultural diffusion or as subliminal products of the shared collective unconscious. This book takes up those questions and contemplates the nature of aesthetic quality, religious philosophy, and the relation between art and the human condition. Jonathan Fogel, Chief Editor of Tribal Arts Magazine, contributed an important essay to the book, "Artifact to Art," on the evolution of connoisseurship in the field of so called "Primitive Art."


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Lecture - Wednesday 11th September from 3:30 to 5 pm (3:30 to 4:10 pm in French - 4:10 to 5 pm in English) 

Address : Alcazar, 62 rue Mazarine

Uli by Jean-Philippe Beaulieu - Research Director at the CNRS

On the 10th of December 1908 Augustin Krämer, leader of the German Naval Expedition, wrote to Count Karl von Linden from the south of New Ireland: "I want to know more about Uli figures". Uli are rare stylized human representations: squat, set solidly on short legs, sporting pointed breasts and a thick male sex organ, they display a predatory smile and an expression of distrust. As central objects in long and complex funerary rites, these images of ancestors embody not only absolute power and strength but fertility as well. Unlike other New Ireland statues, which were generally destroyed or abandoned after Malagan funerary rituals, the Uli were carefully kept in the men's houses. About 250 Uli were collected at the beginning of the 20th century and are now preserved in museums and private collections around the world. After being revealed by the German Expressionists and then by the Surrealists, they became the most flamboyant ambassadors of Oceanic art. Incorporating the results of recent research on the previously unpublished handwritten diaries of Augustin Krämer, Edgar Walden, Georg Frederici and Alfred Bühler, and the correspondence of Captain Karl Nauer and colonial administrators Franz Boluminski and Wilhem Wostrack, Jean-Philippe Beaulieu invites us on an extraordinary journey to the Mandak area of New Ireland in the early twentieth century, on the trail of the Uli. His forthcoming book is the first monograph on these figures and sheds new light on the subject with the revelation of hitherto unknown archives.


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Encounter - Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th September from 5:30 to 6:30 pm 

Address : Alcazar, 62 rue Mazarine

Presentation of the African Heritage Documentation & Research Centre database (AHDRC) by Guy and Titus van Rijn

Founded in 2016 by Guy van Rijn and his son, Titus van Rijn, the AHDRC (African Heritage Documentation & Research Centre) is a unique database for archiving African art. Its main objective is to centralize all existing knowledge about African cultural heritage and to provide a single access point for all of this data. This colossal archiving task was initiated in the late 1980s by Guy van Rijn and gave birth in 2000 to the Yale GVR Archive, which remained in use until 2013. The new database AHDRC now houses over 165000 African art objects and includes new functionalities like UEO's (Unidentified Ethnic Objects), workshops recognition, origins determination and ethnonyms attribution. It also has valuable information about important individuals in the art world (Who's Who in African Art), complete lists of exhibitions and publications, field photos and unpublished archives from both the public and private domains. Guy and Titus van Rijn's mission is to encourage scientific research on the Classical sub-Saharan African heritage by creating this new online platform offering a state-of-the-art photo archive of both published and unpublished African art, available to as broad as a possible public: from institutions - museum, research centers, universities, schools - to private collectors. In addition to their primary goal, Guy and Titus van Rijn would like to share their in-depth expertise on archiving with African institutions to help them document their collections and offer free hosting space on their platform. Temporary access to the AHDRC database and archives is specially set up for the Parcours des Mondes (valid until September 15, 2019). Username: parcoursdesmondes Password: Paris2019 WWW.AHDRC.EU


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Lecture (in French and English)  - Thursday 12th September from 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Address : Alcazar, 62 rue Mazarine

Kifwebe. A century of Songye and Luba masks by Woods Davy,  François Neyt and Eric Ghysels  

In recent years, the Kifwebe mask has increasingly attracted the attention of art historians and anthropologists. This highly anticipated book will be released at the beginning of the year 2020. It provides fresh insight into the art of the Songye and the Luba through the study of the stunning Woods Davy collection. It offers a thorough survey of the history and the many styles adopted by these peoples, as well as an exploration of their use of animal imagery and the nature of their cosmogony.


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Lecture (in French) - Thursday 12th September from 4 to 5 pm 

Address : Alcazar, 62 rue Mazarine

The Art of the Court of Abomey - The Meaning of Objects by Gaëlle Beaujean

Art anthropologist Gaëlle Beaujean was the curator of the exhibitions “Artistes d'Abomey - dialogue sur un royaume africain“ (2009) and “L'Afrique des routes“ (2017) at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac where she is curator in charge of the African collections. Designed around an anthropology of the object, her book  “L’art de la cour d’Abomey - Le sens des objets“, recently published by Presses du Réel, traces the trajectories of the royal objects of Abomey (former capital of the pre-colonial Kingdom of Dahomey, in present-day Benin) from the 18th century through the present: from their creation to their current places of preservation, including the circumstances of their displacement, from spoils of war to donations.


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Book signing - Friday 13th September from 2 to 3 pm 

Address : Alcazar, 62 rue Mazarine

Sepik Ramu Art by Kevin Conru

“Sepik Ramu Art“ edited by Kevin Conru with contributions from three eminent scholars, Virginia-Lee Webb, Crispin Howarth and Barry Craig, follows his previous and very highly regarded Solomon Islands and Bismarck Archipelago art publications. This large-format, lavishly produced and heavily illustrated reference book presents many previously unpublished masterpieces of Oceanic Art from historical collections in Belgium and the Netherlands. The 200 or so artworks selected represent the wide and varied scope of the art from this unique region of Papua New Guinea. The objects are beautifully photographed by Hughes Dubois, and are accompanied by numerous historic black and white images as well as a survey of early photography by Virginia-Lee Webb. Crispin Howarth presents a study of masks and figures and Barry Craig, who first undertook fieldwork in New Guinea in 1964, narrates the progression of illustrations throughout the book, as an expert in the field who has studied the Sepik Ramu region both in depth and in situ. HTTPS://TRIBALART.STORE/SEPIK-RAMU-ART


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Lecture and book signing  - Friday 13th September from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Address : Alcazar, 62 rue Mazarine

Textiles of Japan - French version presented by Ana Berger, in the presence of the author

Thomas Murray’s much-acclaimed book “Textiles of Japan“ , which was enthusiastically received when it was presented in its original English version at the Parcours des Mondes last year, has now been published in French by Citadelles & Mazenod. One of the very few French publications in this area, “Textiles du Japon“ highlights part of Thomas Murray's textile collection. Over the years, this American dealer of Indonesian Tribal Art has assembled a rare set of Japanese textiles previously unknown to the French public. This important work, with splendid and detailed illustrations, presents three main categories of Japanese textiles and the different weaving techniques associated with them. Those made by the Ainu people, which are extremely rare, surprise first by their material, as well as with their finesse and their singular beauty. The second category of textiles is referred to as "Mingei", a term coined by Sōetsu Yanagi in the early 20th century, which means "folk art". Used in everyday life, they are imbued with a natural and elegant grace. The chapter titled Okinawa highlights the creations of this Japanese island known for the bright, striking colors and thick lines of its bingata textiles. Expert and passionate collector of Japanese textiles, Ana Berger contributed to the translations of this work. Together with the author, she offers us this bilingual presentation of “Textiles du Japon“, which pays tribute, through a selection of sumptuous creations, to the virtuosity of Japanese weavers.


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Lecture and book signing (in English) - Friday 13th September from 5 to 6:30 pm 

Address : Alcazar, 62 rue Mazarine

Reconstructing the Eye of Paul Guillaume: Critics and Connoisseurs of African Art in Paris, 1917-1930 by John Warne Monroe

Paul Guillaume is famous for being perhaps the most influential early dealer to promote African sculpture as “fine art.”  In the period from 1919 to 1930, he played a crucial role in constructing a framework of judgement within which objects could be, as he put it, ranked “according to their age and beauty.”  Paul Guillaume is also notorious for being an enigma: his gallery’s archives and most of his private correspondence have been lost, and the published biographical information we do have is notably inaccurate.  Indeed, scholars have deplored his tendency to engage in extravagant fabrications about his own biography and the ages of the objects he sold.  When carefully analyzed in light of other historical evidence, however, these fabrications reveal much about the principles underlying Guillaume’s aesthetic judgment.  Drawing on a mixture of rare published sources and previously-unknown archival material, this talk will analyze the workings of Guillaume’s “eye”, which has done so much to shape Western perceptions of historical African art. The material it presents comes from the speaker’s important new book, “Metropolitan Fetish: African Sculpture and the Imperial French Invention of Primitive Art“, a valuable contribution to the literature that reveals the complex trajectory of African material culture in the West and provides an account of that passage through an analysis of the interaction of cultural and imperial powers.


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THEMATIC EXHIBITIONS


Special Exhibition
Special Exhibition


Orisha Yoruba


Serge Schoffel - Art Premier


La Galerie du Crous de Paris
11, rue des Beaux-Arts, 75006 Paris

For this year’s Parcours des Mondes, Galerie Serge Schoffel is devoting an exhibition to Yoruba art. People of Yoruba culture and language groups numbered about ten million souls at the beginning of the 20th century and today that number is three times bigger. The Yoruba were divided into kingdoms spread out in the southwestern quarter of Nigeria and the southeastern part of the Republic of Benin, and trace their origins to the ancient city of Ile-Ife from the 11th through 15th century, and to the ancient Kingdom of Benin which flourished between the 16th and 19th centuries. In Yoruba sculpture, archetypes such as ancestral figures, maternities, cup-bearers, mingle with a repertoire of symbols derived from ifa divination and which are often related to the Orishas.
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Special Exhibition


Hogon: An Exhibition on Major Dogon Statuary


Galeria Guilhem Montagut


Galerie Loevenbruck
6 rue Jacques Callot, 75006 Paris

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Special Exhibition


Traditional African Locks


Dimondstein Tribal Arts


Galerie Berthet-Aittouares
29, rue de Seine 75006 Paris

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Special Exhibition
Special Exhibition


Rarities: From the Himalayas to Hawaii


Thomas Murray


JSC Modern Art Gallery
3 Rue des Beaux Arts, 75006 Paris, France

Rarities: The Himalayas to Hawaii, featuring 58 of works of art with descriptions and essays by Thomas Murray, Independent Researcher, and Jonathan Fogel, Editor of Tribal Art magazine. Presenting a unique collection of ancestor sculpture and protective deities, following the ancient migratory and trade routes of the Austronesians, South-East Asian Bronze Age, and Hindu-Buddhist peoples. To order a copy of Rarities please contact the author or visit SHOP.HALI.COM or email HALI.ADMIN@HALI.COM. 

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Special Exhibition


Australia in dreams


Arts d'Australie Stéphane Jacob


Galerie de Causans
25 rue de Seine

On the occasion of this year’s Parcours des Mondes, Stéphane Jacob will focus on the Australian Aboriginal artists of the Central Desert and Arnhem Land, as well as on the Torres Strait, Queensland, islanders. Dot paintings for which the desert artists are so well-known will thus be on hand and so will contemporary totemic sculptures, prints and works created using recycled fishing nets by artists of the ghostnet network. While the source of inspiration for Australian artists remains closely connected with the Dream Time, which was the Time of Creation for Aborigines, they have successfully enhanced their people’s iconographic vocabulary through the adoption of new designs and the use of new materials, and produce contemporary works which blend abstrac- tion with the sacred.

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Special Exhibition


In Praise of Folly


Galerie Alain Bovis


9 rue des Beaux-Arts 75006 Paris

Galerie Alain Bovis will be showing a selection of traditional works from Africa, Asia and Oceania in its exhibition, In Praise of Folly. Folly is seen all at once as a source of inspiration for artists, an ode to often exuberant formal inventions and a projection of the human spirit that expresses itself through magical and religious rites, as well as in objects that are covered with materials deemed to have obscure powers. These works will be presented in conjunction with paintings that also evoke creative aspects of folly.

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Special Exhibition


Wild Animals


Galerie Dodier


Galerie Meyer - Oceanic and Eskimo Art
17, rue des Beaux-Arts

On the occasion of this year’s Parcours des Mondes, Galerie Dodier is presenting an exhibition called Wild Animals that features fifteen large masks (between 60 and 100 cm) primarily from West Africa. They include buffalo, hyena, chameleon, crocodile and warthog and are monuments of African art that all attest to the magic and mystery of the continent and reveal the architectural prowess of its arts.

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Special Exhibition


Ferocious poetry - Ancient Arts of New Ireland


GALERIE FLAK


8 Rue des Beaux-Arts, paris

Galerie Flak takes great pleasure in presenting an exhibition on the traditional arts of New Ireland at this year’s Parcours des Mondes. Replete with poetry and both fero- cious and refined, the art of New Ireland is characterized by its virtuosity and the audaciousness of its compositions. In this subtle game between architecture, sculpture and painting, human and animal figures emerge and intermingle. The gallery will show an exceptional collection of fifteen works formerly in German museum collec- tions (Berlin, Leipzig, Stuttgart) and from prestigious private collections (Pierre and Claude Vérité, Loed Van Bussel, Arthur Speyer, et al.). These will include Tatanua and Kepong masks, striking Malagan effigies and friezes full of interlocking and intertwi- ning figures, an elegant canoe prow ornament collected in 1894 and an over one meter high Malua mask with representations of an uninterrupted series of phantasmagorical dancing figures.

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Special Exhibition


Materia


Galerie Olivier Larroque


Galerie Hug
2 rue de l'Echaudé, 75006, Paris

All people of the world from fishermen on the island of Hokkaido to the Hopi Indians of the Arizona plains and the shepherds along the banks of the Niger River, have taken advantage of their environments to help shape their artistic creations. There may be a subtle recycling of materials used in hunting or perhaps a targeted collecting of materials in a natural and familiar environment. These demiurge artists, blacksmiths, pain- ters and sculptors also integrate goods into their works obtained through trade with other peoples - exchanges made initially with neighbors and then later with others much further way as the first explorations got underway. Iron, wood, wickerwork, ham- mered copper, bronze, buffalo hide or parchment, stone, carpet nails, burls, birch bark, cotton, bone, reindeer bones, beads, hair and shell are but some of the materials involved. From a sumptuous crocodile and elephant leather Bedja shield from Sudan to a Gabonese hammered bronze leaf Kota reliquary on a wooden armature; from a South African Zulu skimming ladle - masterpiece of basketry collected in the nineteenth century - a Bozo processional figure of Mali of the 1960s, through rare objects from Asia, Oceania and the Americas, thirty works rigorously chosen testify to the genius of non-Western arts.
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Special Exhibition


Masks of West Africa


Galerie Abla et Alain Lecomte


4 rue des Beaux Arts. Paris 75006

In keeping with the predilection for “fetishes” that they have had for many years, Abla and Alain Lecomte have chosen to present a private collection centered on sacred masks of West and Central Africa, some of which are rarely seen in collections and very unusual on the market like the Nigerian Mama crests, four astonishing pieces that combine the buffalo, the bird and the ‘extra-terrestrial’. A beautifully Ijebu mask, also Nigerian, with a reddish patina is a testimony to the talent and creative inventiveness of the Yoruba sculptors. Another noteworthy object is the very old hard wood and polychrome Mossi crest from Burkina Faso.

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Special Exhibition


Zoomorphism


Galerie Meyer – Oceanic Art


17 rue des Beaux Arts

While Western civilization creates tales, fables, myths and legends in which zoomorphism is often linked to a monstrous or fantastic world, among the peoples of Oceania and Eskimo, animism guides the imagination by suggesting important interactions with the world. human. Their creative creations that take animal form, are mostly marine and often refer to their power. As a result, the Meyer Gallery presents during this Journey of the Worlds, the way animal forms are carved in all sorts of objects such as war sticks, ritual or daily tools. Taking the position that man is also an animal, tribal beliefs include him in his transcendental spheres.

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Special Exhibition


Architecture and Design


Pascassio Manfredi


11 rue Visconti - 75006 Paris

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Special Exhibition


Baule


Lucas Ratton


33 rue de Seine 75006 Paris

For the 18th edition of the Parcours des mondes, the Galerie Lucas Ratton presents a selection of Baoulé figures. During this international annual event, and major meeting of the world of tribal art, these figures of private altars, great classics of Baoulé art will be unveiled in a catalog showcasing a photographic work in black and white, and treating of the question of the look between gallery owner, photographer and sculptures.

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Special Exhibition


The Spirit of Geometry


DANDRIEU - GIOVAGNONI


Atelier DL - Didier Luttenbacher
8, rue des Beaux-Arts

It is the spirit of geometry that dominates this group of fifteen old African sculptures that originate from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Liberia. A rich gamut of forms is revealed through masks, figures and utilitarian objects that include rectangles, circles, lozenges, triangles and squares. Both the large 80 centimeter long rectangular wooden Koro mask, highlighted with ochre and brown ‘diamond dots’ and the impressive circular Yoruba bronze marriage currency, with its two tapered extremities, are excellent examples of this. The most mysterious object in the ensemble is undoubtedly the Loma chief’s stool, a complex and elaborate form that bears an uncanny resem- blance to a sculpture by Brancusi and was in the prestigious Mario Meneghini collection.

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Special Exhibition


Ronald Noorman


Michel Thieme Tribal Art


Galerie Artisyou
10 Rue des Beaux Arts, 75006 Paris

Besides being a talented collector of tribal art, Ronald Noorman was best known to all as a modest but strong-willed artist. After an education at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam where he learned to paint, he devoted himself exclusively to drawing throughout a long and accomplished career. In the words of Suzanna Héman of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: “The intimacy of the art of drawing, in which the thought, through the hand, immediately touches the paper and which hardly leaves space for corrections, was Noorman’s ‘metier pur sang’. His drawings are characterized by simple forms and move between abstraction and figuration. In some drawings elements of landscapes can be recognized, others are completely abstract. With charcoal, crayon, pastel, and gouache, Noorman searches for a balance between powerful and tender movements”. About the rather small format of most of his works he wrote himself: "As an artist I am not easily impressed by big works. I prefer to stick to the human format. On small format I have to concentrate on power, monumentality, tension, spaciousness and flow.” Words that speak true and resounded in all his choices. More information about Ronald Noorman and his work can be found on the website: www.ronaldnoorman.nl

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Special Exhibition


Celebration


Jonathan Hope


Galerie Bayart
17 Rue des Beaux Arts

Whilst most of these objects and textiles from so many different cultures were created for rituals and celebrations, this eclectic exhibition presents its own celebration of the astonishing diversity of human artistic and spiritual expression. Each artefact brings us closer to understanding the intricacies of its particular culture of origin, commanding our admiration and respect, stimulating our curiosity, even encouraging us to embark on a physical and intellectual voyage of discovery.

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Special Exhibition


11 Works


Galerie Patrik Fröhlich


Galerie GNG
3, rue Visconti, 75006 Paris

The Patrik Fröhlich Gallery presents its thematic exhibition, 11 Works at this year’s Parcours des Mondes. The gallery will exhibit eleven key works including a figurine which is the work of the Nootka people who come from the southwest coast of the Clayoquot Islands. These ceremonial works of art which are part of an ancestral tradition and place great value on the refined and elegant aesthetics of their captivating sculptures.

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Special Exhibition


The Evolution of the Iconography of the Buddha: The First Representations from Gandhara to Southeast Asia, India and Sri Lanka


Christophe Hioco


GALERIE LA FOREST DIVONNE
12 rue des Beaux-Arts 75006 Paris

This panorama unfolds from Gandhara in the northwestern portion of the Indian Peninsula, whose composite aesthetic blends Greek, Roman and Persian influences, up to the Golden Age of Indian sculpture, in particular the Gupta (4th through 6th century) and Pala (10th through 12th century) periods. With a selection of exceptional pieces, Christophe Hioco presents a broad sampling of this corpus of works. Highlights of the show include two particularly impressive sculptures, of a Buddha and of a Boddhisattva from the ancient region of Gandhara (2nd to 5th century), an extraordinary Pāla Buddhist stele (10th – 11th century) depicting Buddha’s first sermon, a superb Buddha head from the kingdom of Ayutthayā (late 16th century), a precious Tibetan tangka (early 17th century) and a rare Zanabazar bronze from Mongolia (early 18th century).

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Special Exhibition
Special Exhibition


ARMS & ARMOUR FROM THE EAST


Runjeet Singh Limited


Galerie Etoile d'Ishtar
11 rue des Beaux-Arts

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Special Exhibition


The Art of the Collection: Jan Calmeyn


Galerie Bernard Dulon


Galerie Bernard Dulon
10 rue Jacques Callot, 75006 Paris

The work of Belgian sculptor, Jan Calmeyn, is profoundly marked by the formal aesthe- tics of African artists, by their inventiveness and by the myriad sculptural solutions they have developed since time immemorial and all over their continent. For Parcours des Mondes this year, Bernard Dulon has chosen to show Jan Calmeyn’s works alongside the African ones in her collection that did so much to nourish her creativity. The result will be a sensitive dialog of form and materials, negative and positive space and equilibrium and instability.

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