Two african ex­hi­bi­tions mak­ing in­ter­na­tional waves

Two African artists, two ex­hi­bi­tions, two of the world’s big­gest art in­sti­tu­tions and two in­cred­i­ble firsts for the con­ti­nent

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There is a par­tic­u­lar plea­sure in view­ing ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tions that stems from the op­por­tu­nity to con­sider an artist’s body of work as

a whole. Ret­ro­spec­tives al­low the re­cur­ring themes of an artist’s out­put to be seen in con­text, they en­cour­age re­flec­tion on an artist’s last­ing in­flu­ence, and re­con­sid­er­a­tion of their po­si­tion within the cur­rent global cli­mate.

The up­com­ing ca­reer ret­ro­spec­tives of two artists from the african con­ti­nent – Bodys Isek Kin­gelez and david gold­blatt – in ma­jor in­ter­na­tional mu­se­ums point to a sense of in­sti­tu­tional en­dorse­ment and global sig­nif­i­cance, while also rep­re­sent­ing a num­ber of ca­reer firsts for both artists.

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