Weltkulturen Museum: A Labour of Love

Weltkulturen Museum: A Labour of Love

From August 13 to November 5, 2017, Weltkulturen Museum will present A Labour of Love, an exhibition at Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), featuring 600 work from South Africa, acquired in 1986. The exhibition focuses on a key part of the contemporary art collection of the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt on the Main.

A Labour of Love came 28 years after the first exhibition of this collection, held in Frankfurt. It 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more than 150 works inspired by very different readings of the idea of love – prints, paintings, sculptures and to date unpublished archival materials reflect on the theme from interpersonal relations to the passion and commitment which influenced both the creation of the works and the history of the collection’s acquisition. At the JAG, the exhibition will at certain moments, be in conversation with works from the JAG collection; some of which were created by artists whose work forms part of the collection at the Weltkulturen Museum.

The exhibition also integrates a contemporary perspective on this special collection through ten new works produced by Gabi Ngcobo and four South African former art students Michelle Monareng, Matshelane Xhakaza, Chad Cordeiro and Nathaniel Sheppard, who have dealt with the collection and its specific history since mid-July 2014 when they were students at the Wits School of Arts. 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 Labour by Sam Nhlengethwa, during a residency in July 2015.

The accompanying publication 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, Charles Nkosi and Lionel Davis. In addition, it contains unique archival material, as well as numerous images of works from the museum’s collection and new productions. Published in German and English by Kerber Verlag.


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