ArtWa News: William Kentridge to the rescue at Zeitz MOCAA and More


WILLIAM KENTRIDGE TO THE RESCUE AT ZEITZ MOCAA. From what seems an entire makeover of some part of the two-year-old museum’s interior to bringing to bear his knowledge of installation and presentation in theatre and exhibitions for the display of his retrospective ‘Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings to Work,’ Kentridge prompts a much needed reconfiguration of the frequently criticized exhibition spaces of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. “There is no doubt that the Kentridge imprint has shifted the Zeitz MOCAA’s character, perhaps even its status,” this writer concludes. ‘Why Should I Hesitate?’ opened last Sunday and will run till 23 March 2020. [BusinessDay]

DAVID ADJAYE PRIMED TO DESIGN THE BENIN ROYAL MUSEUM. At the last meeting of the Benin Dialogue Group attended by museum directors and representatives from Austria, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and representatives of the Edo State government, the Royal Court of Benin and the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria in Benin City, the British-Nigerian architect was invited by the host, the Governor of Edo State, to outline his architectural vision for the museum. The Benin Royal Museum is being built to house artifacts looted by the British from the Benin Kingdom in the late 19th century. [Guardian]

JOHANNESBURG TO HOST THREE ART FAIRS DURING JOBURG ART WEEK. Since 2007, when Africa got its first pavilion at the Venice Biennale and FNB Joburg Art Fair was founded, several art fairs have popped up in African cities and we have witnessed the trend of establishing ‘art weeks’ around these fairs. Now, Johannesburg art week, built around Joburg Art Fair which holds in the second week of September, will witness three different art fairs: Joburg Art Fair—now named FNB Joburg Art Fair, Latitudes Art Fair, and Underline.

This development is most likely a result of the drastically reduced number of galleries invited to exhibit at the FNB Joburg Art Fair. Latitudes Art Fair is set to feature galleries representing emerging to mid-career artists and Underline will focus on inviting curators to show independent artists or artists not represented by galleries. [Maverick Life]

KILUANJI KIA HENDA WINS THE 1-54 FAIR’S SCULPTURE COMMISSION. This monumental sculpture commission by 1-54 Contemporary African art fair, which was awarded to the modernist, Ibrahim El Salahi for his Meditation Tree last year is focused on supporting the production and display of large-scale sculpture by an artist originally from the African continent. The Fortress, the Angolan artist’s winning sculpture will be unveiled at Somerset House in London before making its way across the Mediterranean to Utique in Tunisia. [C&]


Godfried Donkor, Battle Royale, Gallery 1957


GODFRIED DONKOR EXHIBITS ‘BATTLE ROYALE: THE LAST MAN STANDING – PART I’. Following a seven month residency with Gallery 1957, Godfried Donkor, the British-Ghanaian mixed-media artist, is showing new paintings and collages depicting male and female boxers across time. In ‘Battle Royale,’ a product of over 20 years of research into colonialism, slavery and intercontinental trade relationships, Donkor explores the relationship between boxing and the slave trade within the UK, US and Ghana. The exhibition runs till 5 October 2019 at Gallery 1957, Ghana. [Gallery 1957]




BORIS NZEBO EXHIBITS COLOURFUL LAYERED PAINTINGS DRAWN FROM CAMEROON. In his seventh solo exhibition at Jack Bell Gallery, London, Nzebo constructs portraits using detailed studies of African hairstyles, layered with informal snapshots of his local neighbourhood, urban architecture and scenes from daily life in his hometown Douala. The exhibition, Le Monstre De Nkolbong, will run from 6 till 20 September 2019. [Omenka]

AN EXHIBITION OF 50 PHOTOGRAPHS FROM LATE THABISO SEKGALA’S OEUVRE. Titled ‘Here Is Elsewhere,’ this HENI Project Space exhibition in the UK, includes photographs from the late South African photographer’s early, career-defining Homeland, a series that saw Thabiso Sekgala (1981-2013) document life in two former homelands—territories established by the Apartheid government to house black South Africans forced to leave urban areas. ‘Here Is Elsewhere’ opens tomorrow and runs till 6 October 2019 at Hayward Gallery. [Southbank Centre]


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