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Celebrating the Mandela 100 Centenary’ Through Art

18th July 2018

Nelson Mandela’s return to his cell on Robben Island IV, 1994. Credit : Jurgen Schadeberg

The Melrose Gallery is hosting the Mandela 100 Exhibition from 12 July until 19 August 2018. The exhibition has been endorsed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation as part of the official Mandela 100 Celebrations.

Zanele Mashumi, the curator, has sourced new and older works across different genres created by established and emerging artists who were inspired by Mr Mandela and the principals for which he lived and fought. The artworks include paintings, sculptures, photography, signed prints, cartoon illustration and tapestry.

Artworks by the following artists are included in the exhibition; Esther Mahlangu, Willie Bester, Sam Nhlengethwa, Sfiso Ka-Mkame, Velaphi Mzimba, Vusi Khumalo, Anton Smit, Carl Roberts, Gavin Rain, Paul Blomkamp, Clint Strydom, Wayne Barker, Ndabuko Ntuli, Pitika Ntuli, Paul Weinberg, Richard Chauke,  Len Sak, Susan Woolf, Wakaba Mutheki, Ramarutha Makoba, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Eric Sher, Alfred Thoba, Jane Makhubele and Zapiro.

One of the highlights of the exhibition and month long programme will be the unveiling of an 18 ton granite sculpture created by Professor Pitika Ntuli titled ‘A Provocation to Reconciliation’ in the main square of the Melrose Arch precinct.

Various other events and activations will be happening in The Melrose Gallery and Project Space at Melrose Arch including poetry readings, book launches and events with jazz all in celebration of what would have been Mr Mandela’s 100th birthday in July 2018.

Artist’s Motivation
This Monument has been carved to honour the true spirit of South Africa’s first President Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela, or Madiba as he is affectionately known, was a man and leader whose love for people and zest for life shone through everything he did. This love was demonstrated most powerfully by two character traits – his commitment to the reconciliation of a people divided by race and years of unequal rights, and his delight in children. Throughout his term as President, health and social care  for children were clearly evident among Madiba’s priorities.

Madiba’s tangible and intangible legacy is gargantuan. His humanity, leadership and accomplishments are admired and feted around the world. Many celebrations in numerous countries are planned for July 2018, which will be the centenary of Madiba’s birth.

For 27 years Madiba laboured on Robben Island breaking stone, and yet he is almost always depicted in bronze. This Monument is carved from Belfast Black Granite (also linking Madiba to the land). Weighing around 18 tons and standing approximately 4.3 metres high, it is a well-researched and executed sculpture redolent with symbolism.


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