week 01 of 2018

week1 2018
Artwork of the Week, Generations, Dolomite Stone, Dimensions 197cmx131cmx141cm by: Tendai Mutasa, a part of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s permanent collection

 Located in the National Gallery Sculpture garden, Mutasa's artwork depicts different generations seemingly from the same family. Although the individuals are similar in some ways, each generation exhibits a different set of characteristics which are relevant to their time.
As the years progress we celebrate the dramatic transition that the National Gallery of Zimbabwe has witnessed over a span of two generations from the colonial era to independence. In the 50s when the Gallery opened it was essentially a white domain and the idea of creating an art gallery was based on the idea to uphold and showcase the European arts which had come out of the European civilization.
However the National Gallery managed to transition itself from a colonial institution into a post colonial African learning and creative hub. It has increased relevance to the majority of the population and has also been on the fore front in terms of visual art success and visual art heritage locally and internationally. This year the National Gallery turns 61 and will continue to be a comprehensive home of art in ZimbabweJust like different generations exhibit different characteristics relevant to their time, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe celebrates the incredible journey that has seen the gallery transform into a relevant contributor towards the enhancement of Zimbabwean and African art and cultural heritage.

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