Travelling from the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt on the Main, the exhibition re-examines a selection of more than 150 works inspired by very different readings of the idea of love – prints, paintings, sculptures and to date unpublished archival materials reflect on the theme.
A LABOUR OF LOVE focuses on a key part of the contemporary art collection of the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt on the Main – 600 works from South Africa, which the museum acquired in 1986. At the Johannesburg Art Gallery the exhibition will at certain moments be in conversation with the in house collection, some of which were created by artists whose work forms part of the collection at the Weltkulturen Museum. 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. Ten new works produced by Gabi Ngcobo and four South African former students from the Wits School of Arts, Michelle Monareng, Matshelane Xhakaza, Chad Cordeiro and Nathaniel Sheppard 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.
A Labour Of Love, curated by Gabi Ngcobo and Yvette Mutumba opened on Sunday, 13th August 2017, and will run from 14th August 2017 to 5th November 2017. C& gives a first glimpse into the exhibition here.