Special exhibition of Pemba’s works opens at NMM Art Museum

2017-07-19 06:02

THE Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum will host an exhibition of works by the acclaimed Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) artist, George Mnyaluza Milwa Pemba, today at 6pm.

The exhibition, curated from the museum’s permanent collection, is in celebration of the generous donation of the three Pemba oil paintings depicting different scenes in the NMB.

They are a scene of New Brighton in 1957, an image of the Horse Memorial from 1965 and a large oil painting of New Brighton pensioners collecting their pension.

The donation of these three works was made in honour of anti-apartheid activist and civil rights campaigner, Molly Blackburn.

Pemba is described as the grandfather of art in Nelson Mandela Bay.

His work represents a significant artistic contribution to the history of art in South Africa.

As Pemba is a historically important figure within South African art history and, in particular Eastern Cape art history, these three donations will add to the prestige and intellectual value of the existing collection of Pemba’s artworks located in the NMM Art Museum’s permanent collection.

By collecting art, the NMM Art Museum promotes the development of a dynamic regional collection that will reflect the history and character of art, craft and design produced in the Eastern Cape and its relationship to national and international trends.

The Art Museum will further use these acquisitions in their education and outreach programmes to uplift and inspire local emerging artists.

In honour of Mandela Month and George Pemba, the museum has also organised a programme of outreach and gallery tour visits for the retired communities of Nelson Mandela Bay.

For more info contact the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum on 041 506 2000.

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