Then I Knew I Was Good at Painting: Esther Mahlangu, A Retrospective

Join us in celebrating the vibrant legacy of Esther Mahlangu at the ‘Then I Knew I Was Good at Painting’ retrospective. Experience the fusion of Ndebele tradition and contemporary artistry. Visit from Feb 18 – Aug 11, 2024, at Iziko Museums. Don’t miss this journey through color and culture

Then I Knew I Was Good at Painting: Esther Mahlangu, A Retrospective - (Suid Afrika Vorentoe (South Africa Ahead) 2003 | Acrylic on ballroom shoes | 34 x 38 x 20cm (perspex dome)
Then I Knew I Was Good at Painting: Esther Mahlangu, A Retrospective - (Suid Afrika Vorentoe (South Africa Ahead) 2003 | Acrylic on ballroom shoes | 34 x 38 x 20cm (perspex dome)

“Step into the Colorful World of Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Odyssey Awaits You”

Are you ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through a kaleidoscope of colors and cultures? The Iziko Museums proudly present “Then I Knew I Was Good at Painting,” a comprehensive retrospective that celebrates the vibrant legacy of Dr. Esther Mahlangu. This is your invitation to immerse yourself in a world where traditional Ndebele art meets the pulsating rhythms of contemporary creativity.

From February 18 to August 11, 2024, the halls of the Iziko South African National Gallery will come alive with the dynamic fusion of tradition and modernity, showcasing over 50 years of Mahlangu’s artistic brilliance. Known for her bold use of color and intricate geometric patterns, Mahlangu has transformed the canvas of Ndebele cultural artistry into a global phenomenon, capturing the hearts and imaginations of art enthusiasts worldwide.

This retrospective is not just an exhibition; it’s a celebration of resilience, innovation, and the enduring power of cultural expression. Curated by the esteemed Nontobeko Ntombela, the exhibition offers a unique lens into Mahlangu’s world – a world where every stroke tells a story, every color sings a song, and every artwork is a testament to the artist’s journey from the rural heartlands of South Africa to the grand stages of global art.

Discover over 100 of Mahlangu’s most significant works, including the historic BMW 525i Art Car, marking her as the first African woman to contribute to the prestigious BMW Art Car Collection. Experience the depth and breadth of her art, which extends beyond canvases to sculptures, ceramics, and even everyday objects, each piece a vibrant narrative of heritage, identity, and artistic ingenuity.

As you wander through the exhibition, let Mahlangu’s art challenge your perceptions, inspire your imagination, and transport you to a world where art is not just seen but felt. This retrospective is a rare opportunity to witness the evolution of a living legend, a chance to see how traditional art can shape and redefine contemporary landscapes.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to witness the work of one of Africa’s most celebrated artists. Mark your calendars, join us at Iziko Museums, and be a part of this unforgettable artistic journey. “Then I Knew I Was Good at Painting” awaits your presence.

February 17 @ 17:40 — August 11 @ 18:40
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