Curator-led walkabout of Esther Mahlangu Exhibition

R50.00R100.00

Date: Saturday, 9 March 2024
Time: 2 pm
Address: Iziko South African National Gallery
Cost: R50 for members, R100 for non-members

Then I Knew I Was Good at Painting: Esther Mahlangu, A Retrospective
18 February – 11 August 2024

The curator, Nontobeko Ntombela, will share her knowledge and curatorial insights for this retrospective on Esther Mahlangu at Iziko South African National Gallery. The exhibition features over 100 artworks from around the world, as well as historic photographs and a short film. It offers a comprehensive yet intimate view of Esther Mahlangu’s artistic journey, showcasing her unique approach that blends isiNdebele tradition with modernity and contemporary styles.

Mahlangu’s journey began in the 1940s as a young talent. The title is based on the story she often recounts about how her artistic journey began, saying, “I would continue to paint on the house when [my mother and grandmother] left for a break. When they came back, they would say: what have you done, child? Never do that again! After that, I started drawing on the back of the house, and slowly my drawings got better and better until they finally asked me to come back to the front of the house. Then I knew I was good at painting.” The exhibition is a testament to Mahlangu’s self-determination, passion, innovation, and resilience. It celebrates her unique approach to art, emphasising her voice, agency, and pioneering spirit.

 

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Date: Saturday, 9 March 2024
Time: 2 pm
Address: Iziko South African National Gallery
Cost: R50 for members, R100 for non-members

Then I Knew I Was Good at Painting: Esther Mahlangu, A Retrospective
18 February – 11 August 2024

The curator, Nontobeko Ntombela, will share her knowledge and curatorial insights for this retrospective on Esther Mahlangu at Iziko South African National Gallery. The exhibition features over 100 artworks from around the world, as well as historic photographs and a short film. It offers a comprehensive yet intimate view of Esther Mahlangu’s artistic journey, showcasing her unique approach that blends isiNdebele tradition with modernity and contemporary styles.

Mahlangu’s journey began in the 1940s as a young talent. The title is based on the story she often recounts about how her artistic journey began, saying, “I would continue to paint on the house when [my mother and grandmother] left for a break. When they came back, they would say: what have you done, child? Never do that again! After that, I started drawing on the back of the house, and slowly my drawings got better and better until they finally asked me to come back to the front of the house. Then I knew I was good at painting.” The exhibition is a testament to Mahlangu’s self-determination, passion, innovation, and resilience. It celebrates her unique approach to art, emphasising her voice, agency, and pioneering spirit.

 

Additional information

ticket types

Members, Non-members, 25-years and under

Event Details

Date: 14 Jan 2023

Start time: 11:00 a.m. CAT

End time: 12:00 a.m. CAT