A captivating solo exhibition by Dr Esther Mahlangu, globally acclaimed South African artist and much-loved cultural ambassador.
One&Only Cape Town is proud to house The Melrose Gallery on the 1st Floor of the Resort.
The Melrose Gallery represents world-famous artist Dr Esther Mahlangu, and she will be launching an exciting solo exhibition titled “Disrupting Patterns”. This will form part of the official 2020 Cape Town Art Fair which takes place from the 14th to 16th of February. The Fair is positioned as the leading art fair in Africa and showcases a diversity of work from the foremost galleries in South Africa, the African continent and abroad.
Dr Esther Mahlangu was born in 1935 in Middelburg in Mpumalanga. She was taught the art of Ndebele design and house painting from her mother and grandmother as is tradition in Ndebele culture.
Dr Mahlangu was the first person to reimagine Ndebele design on more contemporary mediums and this has led to her painting anything from planes, cars, motorbikes and bicycles to pots, canvas, walls, mannequins and even war helmets.
In 1991 she became the first lady and first African to be invited to participate in the BMW Art Car Collection amongst other notables of the likes of Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein and Frank Stella.
Whilst firmly grounded in and immensely proud of her Ndebele culture and choosing to live in her homestead in rural Mpumalanga and wear traditional Ndebele dress, Dr Mahlangu is a woman of the world. She has and continues to spend extensive time in many of the world’s largest and most modern cities collaborating with leading museums, curators, art fairs, celebrities and global brands.
Throughout her life she has steadfastly advocated for the promotion and preservation of Ndebele culture. This has led to her commitment to educating and passing her skills to the younger generation via her self-funded art school at her homestead.