Africa, where art thou?
Works by top African artists go on auction at Zeitz Museum of Contempoary Art Africa in Cape Town
The Zeitz Museum of Contempoary Art Africa in Cape Town, the largest of its kind in the world, will on December 1 auction artworks by leading African artists as part of its community outreach initiative.
The museum has partnered with Strauss & Co to auction 28 artworks from more than 20 artists from 10 African countries including Nigeria, Mozambique, Kenya, and SA. Among the artists are Nicholas Hlobo, Yinka Shonibare, Peju Alatise, Igshaan Adams and Naomi Wanjiku.
SA’s Hlobo is well known for his large sculptural works that explore ethnicity, masculinity and sexual identity. Using brightly-coloured Dutch wax fabric, Shonibare of Nigeria explores cultural identity and post-colonialism within the context of globalisation. Adams of Cape Town discusses faith, gender and identity. The 2018 Standard Young Artist Award recipient is recognised for his lavish sculptures made from string, beads and fabric which address complex issues such as Islam and homosexuality.
Brooke Minto, director of institutional advancement at the museum, said funds raised from the benefit auction would go towards its schools programme that brings art and culture to pupils. Proceeds would also help the museum’s mission to provide open access to all Africans.
The museum is the first of its kind to collect, preserve and exhibit 21st-century art from Africa and its diaspora. It hosts international exhibitions, encourages intercultural understanding, and guarantees access for all.
Interested parties can register for telephone bidding, view the catalogue or find out more information by visiting www.straussart.co.za