labour of love – exhibition



Only until 24th July 2016!

A LABOUR OF LOVE presents more than 150 works from the Weltkulturen Museum’s collection, produced in the 1980s by black South African artists, together with twenty new artistic productions by Sam Nhlengethwa, Gabi Ngcobo and four young artists from Johannesburg, specifically created for this exhibition.

The exhibition A LABOUR OF LOVE focusses on a key part of the Weltkulturen Museum’s contemporary art collection: 600 works from South Africa which the museum acquired in 1986. These works were all produced by black artists, including internationally renowned figures such as Peter Clarke, Lionel Davis, David Koloane and Sam Nhlengethwa.

A LABOUR OF LOVE comes 28 years after the first exhibition of this collection was held in Frankfurt. It re-examines a selection of 150 works inspired by very different readings of the idea of love – prints, paintings, sculptures and to date unpublished archival materials reflect on the theme from interpersonal relations to the passion and commitment which influenced both the creation of the works and the history of the collection’s acquisition.

The exhibition also integrates a contemporary perspective on this special collection through ten new works produced by Gabi Ngcobo and four young South African artists, who have dealt with the collection and its specific history since mid-July 2014. In this process of artistic reappraisal, the students have responded to the collection by creating new prints and videos. This perspective is further expanded by works created in the Weltkulturen Labor by Sam Nhlengethwa, during a residency in July 2015. Accordingly to the museum’s concept, the new works will be added to the collection.

The exhibition is curated by Gabi Ngcobo (artist, curator, educator at the Wits School of Arts Johannesburg and co-curator of the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo) and Dr. Yvette Mutumba (curator Africa Weltkulturen Museum). Participating artists: Sam Nhlengethwa (artist, Johannesburg), Gabi Ngcobo as well as Wits School of Arts students Chad Cordeiro, Michelle Monareng, Nathaniel Sheppard and Matshelane Xhakaza.

To get to the short film on A LABOUR OF LOVE, click here:

The accompanying catalogue not only includes new articles by Yvette Mutumba, Gabi Ngcobo, Ciraj Rassool, Same Mdluli and Neo Muyanga, but also interviews with, among others, David Koloane, Peter Clarke, Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa and Lionel Davis as well as extensive image material. Published in German and English by Kerber Verlag.

Behind the scenes: