Dr Esther Mahlangu's solo exhibition open for the public at Oliewenhuis Art Museum

2019-06-19 06:00
Dr Esther Mahlangu paints another amazing artwork. Photo supplied

Dr Esther Mahlangu paints another amazing artwork. Photo supplied

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Between Matter & Spirit, a solo exhibition by South Africa and world-renowned artist Dr Esther Mahlangu is open for the public at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein. Exhibition is a selection of her artworks and heavily beaded blankets in celebration of the artist and Africa’s rich diversity.

Africa’s diverse cultural heritage and dignity is uniquely celebrated by the work and life-long commitment of artist and global Ndebele cultural icon, Dr Mahlangu (83).

Art curator and writer, Beathur Mgoza Baker reflecting on influence by Dr Mahlangu said: “Her defies chronology and her talent, defies the conventions of the Western art as a truly African articulation of our collective cultural heritage. In South Africa we embrace her as a national treasure, a wise elder and passionate, committed ambassador who has captivated the interest and imagination of the world with her gift, and her beautiful understanding of how art is central to our cultural identity as human beings.”

Even at her amazing age, the iconic artist continues producing work and creative interpretations of the sacred geometry and practices of Ndebele and African culture.

Another astonishing fact is that Dr Mahlangu, like her artistic forebears within traditional Ndebele culture produces the meticulous linear planes and intricate detail in her paintings in freehand - without the use of any supporting instruments.

A new body of work produced for her solo show at the Cape Town International Art Fair 2019 is testament to how the artist consistently takes pride in her roots and continues to reinvent and imagine the beautiful semi-abstract traditional Ndebele geometric designs so vital to her work to great acclaim internationally.

“You cannot separate art from the language, culture and the people, because that is where it came from. When I am painting my heart is very wide, it reaches out to everything and everyone. My objective is passing on my artwork to the next generation so that the value and beauty of Ndebele art does not fade away, never,” said Dr Mahlangu.

The museum is open to the public from Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 17:00, and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays between 09:00 and 16:00. Entrance is free and safe parking is available. For details contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum on 051 011 0525 (ext 200) or oliewen@nasmus.co.za

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