8 rue des Beaux-Arts, 75006 Paris
Phone: +33 (0)6 84 52 81 36

Julien Flak

Galerie Flak is located 8 Rue des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 6th arrondissement, near St Germain des Prés, France. It was founded in 1990 by Edith and Roland Flak. The gallery specializes in Ancient Tribal Arts from Africa, Oceania & North America. Julien Flak joined the team in 2001. He is a certified expert in ancient arts of North America and Oceania, a member of CECOA (the European Chamber of Expert-Advisors in Fine Art) and SNA (Syndicat National des Antiquaires)..   

The gallery closely works with major ethnography museums around the world (Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris, Musée des Confluences in Lyon, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Rietberg Museum in Zurich, museums in Tahiti, Taiwan, Jerusalem, etc.). 

The gallery also participates in important art fairs around the world. This includes exhibitions at the Biennale Paris, Art + Design Pavilion (PAD fair), Paris Tribal and Parcours des Mondes in Paris, the Bourgogne Tribal show as well as the annual AOA/ MATA Fair in New York.   

Every year, the gallery stages a major exhibition. Our latest events include the following exhibitions and publications: The Art of War (2022), In the Arctic (2021), Ferocious Poetry, Ancient arts of New Ireland (2019), AfriCubism (2018), Hopi & Zuni Kachina dolls (2013), Mumuye, Masters of Movement in Nigeria (2012), Papua New Guinea (2009), Totems & Shamans of Alaska and the Northwest Coast (2008).

Shaman mask, Yup'ik Eskimo

Shaman mask, Yup’ik Eskimo

19th century
Carved wood, feathers
32 cm 

A superb allegory of the shamanic voyage.
This mask combines human and animal features in a sheer celebration of Arctic poetry.
This mask is a Surrealist manifesto in itself!

Collected in Anvik, Alaska, prior to 1900
Ex collection the Heye Foundation, Museum of the American Indian, New York
Accession number 19/8765
Echanged with Julius Carlebach in June 1944
Ex collection Harry Klamer, Toronto
Ex collection Perry Lewis, Connecticut