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A year of innovation and success!

Just 3 tribal art auctions - previews in Paris for the first time - the resumption of pre-Columbian art - the successful introduction of live Internet auctions in the autumn of 2014, was in every respect, a very successful year for the Zemanek-Münster auctions!

All this could never have been achieved without you and your support and trust in our work. Our thanks therefore goes out specifically to you, dear collectors, art enthusiats and business partners who have been loyal to us over many years. Our thanks also goes out to those art connoisseurs who found their way to us in the past few months.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our staff, that have again demonstrated their professionality.

You all have helped that this has become a year of innovation and success.

On behalf of the auction house, I wish you, your family and your friends a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Ernst Zemanek

Please note that the auction house will be closed in the period of December the 15th 2014 up to January the 6th 2015. We will be open again on Wednesday the 7th January.

We are permanently looking for fine old tribal art from Africa, Australia, Oceania and America. If you are interested in consigning or for an appraisal of your art objects please feel free to contact us at +49 931 17721 or at info@tribal-art-auktion.de.

Bidding for a good cause!
31st of January 2015
Charity-Auction for the Children’s Palliative Center Munich
Fine old tribal art from Africa

Dear Collectors and Art Enthusiasts!
We cordially invite you to our Charity-Auction on the 31st of January 2015 the proceeds of which will be given to the "Förderverein Kinderpalliativzentrum München e.V.", an association that was founded in 2010 to support the Children’s Palliative Center Munich, with the aim to provide comprehensive palliative care for children.

About 300 selected masks and figures from the estate of the private Munich collection Dr. Vera and Dr. Wolfgang Nerlich will be auctioned.

For more than forty years the married couple collected African art from the artistically outstanding regions of west and central Africa. Their first purchases go back to the 1960's and with their focus and diversity they provided the foundation of an impressive collection of museum quality.

"Only at the end do you part with your treasures" Wolfgang Nerlich said during one of our last meetings in Munich. He died in 2012, his wife passed away in the summer of 2014. For many years he and his wife were closely connected with our auction house, so it is particularly important to us to support her testamentary request.

The aim of the citizens' initiative founded in 2010, is to create a centre for inpatient and outpatient care of seriously ill and dying children and young people together with their families, including facilities for teaching and research in pediatric palliative care.

Please support this project! You can help even if only purchase a single mask or figure!

Because what remains is more than art!

The "Förderverein Kinderpalliativzentrum München e.V." is already an exemplary project for the commitment of people for people. More about the support program Children's Palliative Care Centre Munich, palliative care for children and the concept of the center can be found at www.kinderpalliativzentrum-muenchen.de/aktuelles/

A look on the Charity-Auction by now?

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African Art – objects of great expressivness

The tribal art auction house Zemanek-Münster in Würzburg (est. 1978) specializes in fine tribal art. They have been involved in African art since the beginning of the nineties and have become Europe's only auction house specializing exclusively in non-European art. Serious collectors of high-quality, non-European tribal art from Africa, Australia, Oceania, and Asia as well as for Pre-Columbian, masks, sculptures, ritual objects, ceramics and textiles should start and end their search here.

The fascination – especially for African masks and sculptures - arises from their extraordinary and remarkable expressiveness. While ethnologists appreciate their ritual function, the art collector is focused on their aesthetic qualities. For both, the tribal art auction house holds auctions four times a year, featuring a variety of tribal art objects, especially works of the Luba, Baule, Lobi, Senufo, Songye, Fang and Punu tribes, as well as works from Oceania for the international market.

Since January 2011 Zemanek-Münster’s Pre-Columbian and Classical Art Department is now also based in New York. With expert Howard Nowes at the Upper East Side a long-desired co-operation is become perfect.

The company is now widely regarded for its professional qualifications, integrity, reliability and fairness in dealing with collectors and consignors in Europe and the United States over the past 20 years. Zemanek-Münster is the only auction house in tribal art that guarantee the authenticity and originality of their objects. These standards have qualified the auction house for admission to the Association of German Art Auctioneers (Bundesverband deutscher Kunstversteigerer or BDK) in April 2007.

For several years Zemanek-Münster has been represented with its associated Gallery for non-European Art at international tribal art shows, like the Tribal & Textile Art Shows in San Francisco and New York. Zemanek-Münster is also present in Maastricht at the tribal art exhibition "Art from another world" – a brand-new and prosperous show for non-European tribal art, that started for the first time in March 2011.