Jean-Philippe Beaulieu

Directeur de recherche CNRS
Honorary Reader at the University College of London

Planning for the coming months: 

I am currently finishing the first book dedicated to Uli figures from Central New Ireland. The book will be bilingual, French and English, illustrated with a large number of unpublished early XX century photos and documents. It will be numbered and limited to 300 copies.

Available spring 2015. If you are interested, contact me by email.

"Le Uli Gradiva au sein du corpus des Ulis"

Sotheby's catalogue, June 24, 2014 (Sotheby's catalogue page)



"The Wostrack-Krämer Uli and Augustin Krämer's unpublished notebooks"

Sotheby's catalogue "Trésors : collection Frum", 16 september 2014. (lSotheby's catalogue page)

The catalogue is available on Sotheby's website (Sotheby's)

"Malagan, la tradition continue"

Jean-Philippe Beaulieu & Jadzia Donatowicz. Book, 80 pages in color. Written in French.

Malagan are dramatic and beautiful works of art associated to complex ceremonies related to the deads. Viewed with curiosity and interest by visitors in New Ireland in the late XIXcentury, they have been revealed to the art world by the surrealists in the 1920s. Malagan are far more than a dead icon of Oceanic Art; it is a name of a vividly active tradition rooted in the New Ireland archipelago in Papua New Guinea, originating in Tabar islands. The authors went to Tabar in 2002, 2003, 2004, and then have been invited to the Malagan ceremony for the Kuk clan chief Joel Petsia in September 2006. The book is describing the complex Malagan system, the preparation of the ceremony and the ceremony itself.Malagan is still the customary way of regulating the life of Tabar people, and of paying the tribute to the dead, one of the last guardian of Malagan tradition.

ebook : available online via blurb, link.

Contact me by email for paper version (50 euros + shipping).

"Malagan, the tradition continues"

16 min movie with 3 versions : French, English and German. This movie was presented with the exhibit "New Irleand, art of the South Pacific", in Musée du Quai Branly and the Ethnographic Museum in Dalhem in 2007.

This movie was shot in Tabar Islands in September 2006 during the Malagan feast for Chief Joel Petsia at the invitation of the local people. It begins at dawn, with the arrival of the 10 mask wearers coming out of the sea… For two days dances follow, exchanges of rights over carvings, lands and pigs are contracted.