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Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum


NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN ART MUSEUM BIENNIAL

Various Artists
NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN ART MUSEUM BIENNIAL, Invitation ,

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Hasan and Husain Essop
Standard Bank Young Artist Exhibition, Invitation image ,

SEE LISTING Journeys in Beadwork: The Art of the Mfengu

Various Participants
Journeys in Beadwork: The Art of the Mfengu, Exhibition Invitation ,

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Irma Stern
Bowl of flowers , Oil on Canvas ,

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Various artists at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennial is the Eastern Cape’s most prestigious art exhibition. Over the last seven years this selected exhibition and award has promoted thirty-five top established artists and new signatures. This year the NMM Art Museum is re-launching the Biennial as a curated exhibition which recognizes artists who have produced a substantial body of work and have significantly contributed to the Eastern Cape art profession.

Artists include Athi Patra Ruga, Nicholas Hlobo, Nigel Mullins, Tanya Poole, Monique Pelser and others.

27 October 2014 - 22 February 2015

Hasan and Husain Essop at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum

Hasan and Husain Essop present an entirely new body of work at the National Arts Festival. The Essop twins were born and raised in Cape Town, and have been collaborating since their graduation from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. Their practice is concerned with the tensions between culture, religion and personal identity, and with the role of the individual in society. In this new series they explore these issues through the particular lens of young Muslims living in Cape Town, using their own bodies as subject and instrument in an ambivalent dialogue with their native environment. Their work highlights a multi-cultural clash between religion and popular cultures. They explore the dominating influence of Western theatrics and those narratives that are constructed to depict a certain reality. Inspired by Hollywood’s visual language and tactics, they create their own narratives, with each photograph reflecting them in a battle of moral, religious and cultural conflicts.

“Our work highlights a multi-cultural clash between religion and popular cultures. We explore the dominating influence of Western theatrics and those narratives that are constructed to depict a certain reality. Inspired by Hollywood’s visual language and tactics, we create our own narratives. Each photograph reflects us in a battle of moral, religious and cultural conflicts. Two dominant personalities appear, East and West with all their stereotypes. Environments are chosen as stages on which to perform and define our behaviours.

Several characters may appear repeatedly. Our daily uniforms, brands reflecting class distinctions become tools and opportunities for acting out multiple personae and adapting to specific surroundings. Those clothed in Islamic wear are aggressive but humble in their quest, those in popular fashion questioning our beliefs. The pit bull demonstrates loyalty but no sense of reason. Similarly, soldiers in war portray a patriotic commitment to their country, bred for a purpose.

Creating a moment in time, a dream or something seen, we tell a story of growing up. Being competitive with each other is a constant battle for the best. We use our own iconography to provide a political context for the wars being fought on a local and global scale. The viewer is able to translate these signs with their own understanding of the present and imagining a range of different possibilities. The images are also personal viewpoints that capture the growth and hunger for development: finding boundaries that we are able to test, debating the truth in our actions. They also reveal a satirical thread stitched in its process, a designed layout demonstrating our knowledge and experience.

As twin brothers, we have set out to find ourselves in each other. Trying to create something new each time, a story unfolds and never ends.” Hasan and Husain Essop

Showing at the Monument Gallery

24 July 2014 - 31 August 2014

Various Artists at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum

JOURNEYS

Opening date:  18 January 2014. Closing date: 15 June 2014
Description: A passage through time, moving places or spaces, adapting, changing, metamorphosing, these themes as they relate to the idea of a journey will be expressed  in selected works from the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection.

LEGACY

Opening date: 5 March.  Closing date: 4 May 2014
Description: David Walters and Friends: Legacy is an exhibition that commemorates the life of the late Professor Juliet Armstrong as well as at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Visual Art, where she worked for over thirty years.  The exhibition includes works from past and current lecturers and alumni and represents the create legacy that are the legacy of the UKZN ceramic studios.

CONNECTIONS

Opening date:  12 May . Closing date: 17 July 2014
Description: A fun and interesting mind map of the connections that exist between art works in the museum’s Permanent Collection.  This exhibition will form part of the Art Museum celebrations for this year’s International Museum Day theme “Collections make connections”.

18 January 2014 - 17 July 2014

Various Participants at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum

For generations beadwork has been a salient feature of clothing and accessories worn by indigenous peoples in Southern Africa. “Journeys in beadwork” explores the fascinating history of Eastern Cape beadwork, with a special focus on the historical beadwork of the Mfengu.

25 September 2013 - 24 March 2014

Various Participants at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum

 

From exquisitely decorated Chinese garments to dazzling ceramics and colourful paintings and prints this exhibition promises to be a delight to your eyes.

06 September 2013 - 23 February 2014