JAG Re­vis­its The Art Of The Strug­gle Era

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - REVUE -

WORKS of black South African artists taken to Ger­many from 1986 to 1989, to strengthen global con­scious­ness about the evils of apartheid, form the core of an on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tion at the Jo­han­nes­burg Art Gallery, lo­cated in the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict of Africa’s most pros­per­ous city. The show, en­ti­tled Alabouroflove, fea­tures many of the 600 works ac­quired by the Weltkul­turen Mu­seum in Frankfurt on Main through Hans Blum, a Ger­man diplo­mat then work­ing in South Africa. Alabour oflove, had an ear­lier run in Frankfurt, Ger­many in 2015-2016. Mr Blum had lived in South Africa from the early 1960s un­til the late 1970s, “His in­volve­ment in the an­ti­a­partheid move­ment led him to recog­nise the power of con­tem­po­rary South African art as a means of cre­at­ing aware­ness about the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try”, ac­cord­ing to the ex­hi­bi­tion state­ment. “Blum was the right per­son for the job”. The col­lec­tion on view at JAG, how­ever, con­sists of new work that were not part of those Mr. Blum took to Ger­many. Th­ese in­clude ten new works pro­duced by rel­a­tively young artists who spent time with the col­lec­tion at the Weltkul­turen Mu­seum. Among th­ese artists are Gabi Ng­cobo (who with Yvette Mu­tumba cu­rated this show) and four

South African for­mer stu­dents from the Wits School of Arts, Michelle Monareng, Mat­she­lane Xhakaza, Chad Cordeiro and Nathaniel Shep­pard. The first ex­hi­bi­tion of the works that Mr. Blum took to Ger­many, took place in Frankfurt in 1989.

• Com­piled by staff offes­tac Newsagency

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