Art is where we belong


Native is pleased to announced that a large selection of works from the well known German collector Helmut Zake, will be auctioned in Brussels, 26 January 2019.

German art historian and collector Helmut declared his passion for African art in 1960's. When he held his position at the University of Heidelberg as Director of Foreign Student Services and International Relations, he was pushed by fellow collectors to found a society dedicated to the discussion of ethnology and African art. This group founded with Hans Himmelheber (1908-2003) became know as the Heidelberg Gesprächskreis von Sammlern und Ethnologen affectionately called the “Cercle Zake“. With Zake as its chairman, the group's guiding purpose was to place African works in the proper, meaningful cultural context and to determine how best to judge their quality. Over the years, the Cercle Zake expanded, welcoming collectors from Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Throughout his life as a collector sought authenticity and artistic quality above all else.