Show celebrates Ndebele art

2019-06-19 06:01
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 African and world-renowned artist, Dr. Esther Mahlangu (83), is open for the public at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein.

On show 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 by Mahlangu, a global Ndebele cultural icon.

“Her work defies chronology and her talent defies the conventions of Western art as a truly African articulation of our collective cultural heritage,” art curator and writer Beathur Mgoza Baker reflected on the influence by Mahlangu.

“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 to produce work and creative interpretations of the sacred geometry and practices of Ndebele and African culture.

“You cannot separate art from the language, culture and the people, because that is where it came from,” says Mahlangu.

“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.”

The museum is open to the public Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00, and on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 09:00 to 16:00.

Entrance is free and safe parking is available.

For more detail call the Olie­wenhuis Art Museum on 051-011-0525 (ext 200) or send an email to


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