11 July - 3 October 2021
Deborah Poynton at the Drents Museum
Beyond Belief, Deborah Poynton's first museum exhibition in Europe, inhabits the Abbey Church of the Drents Museum, an institution with a focus on contemporary realism. Joined by a catalogue, the show includes more than a decade’s painting.
4 July - 26 September 2021
Pieter Hugo in Arles
Being Present, a solo exhibition by Pieter Hugo, takes place at Rencontres d'Arles. Collating over 100 head and shoulder portraits, this presentation provides an expansive overview of the artist’s engagement with this particular tradition.
26 June - 10 October 2021
Zanele Muholi at Sprengel Museum
As part of winning the Stiftung Niedersachsen's Spectrum International Award for Photography, Zanele Muholi’s solo show at Sprengel Museum will present around 50 of the artist’s works under the title ZAZISE, an overview of two decades of artistic production.
19 June - 18 December 2021
Nkosi and Orupabo in Angoulême
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Frida Orupabo are among the artists included in How to Make a Country at FRAC Poitou-Charentes. Curated by Lerato Bereng as part of France's Africa2020 season, the exhibition 'deciphers the fundamental criteria for constituting a nation'.
17 June - 30 July 2021
Hylton Nel in London
The Fine Art Society celebrates Hylton Nel’s 80th birthday year, as well as his five decades working as an 'artist-potter', and a relationship with this London institution that spans a quarter of a century. A selection of cats and figurines form the centrepiece of the show.
17 June 2021
Art City Amsterdam Podcast
Launched in tandem with Amsterdam Art Week, Joost Bosland and Rubiah Balsem's new podcast, Art City Amsterdam, hosts artists, curators and gallerists. Their first guest, Nina Folkersma, speaks about creativity in the city and a new generation of curators.
13 June - 12 September 2021
Simphiwe Ndzube in Colorado
Oracles of the Pink Universe, Simphiwe Ndzube's first institutional solo exhibition in the United States, takes place at the Denver Art Museum. The show features new immersive works exploring the interplay between magical realism and major events.
29 May - 29 August 2021
Neo Matloga at S.M.A.K Ghent
De Vereniging presents a solo exhibition by Neo Matloga at S.M.A.K, Ghent, featuring a selection of recent works which have not yet been shown in Europe. These large-scale homages to the Black experience mark Matloga's first institutional solo presentation in Belgium.
24 April - 26 September 2021
Robin Rhode in the Netherlands
A retrospective of Robin Rhode’s works is exhibited at Museum Voorlinden, featuring works from the 2000s to the present in his first solo show in the Netherlands. Including photography, video, sculpture and performance, the works can all be traced back to the act of drawing.
Works from Pieter Hugo, Viviane Sassen and Guy Tillim were selected for the 44th anniversary exhibition at Daimler Contemporary Berlin, titled Friendship. Nature. Culture. The collection's 3 000 works span 100 years, '[forming] networks and [exploring] the interplay between art and human coexistence'.
Paulo Nazareth and Frida Orupabo feature in Though it's dark, still I sing, the 34th Bienal de São Paulo. The exhibition includes the work of over 90 artists 'claiming the need for art as a field of encounter, resistance, rupture and transformation'.
Neo Matloga has been selected as one of 30 artists to participate in Watou 2021, a festival coordinated by a trio of curators Benedicte Goesaert, Chantal Pattyn and Peter Verhelst. 'The 40th edition represents movement, harmony, humanity and intensity.'
Zanele Muholi discusses the evolution and impact of Somnyama Ngonyama and their current projects with Cummer Museum on Zoom.
Our 8th issue centres dialogue, including a conversation on collaboration by Joost Bosland and Sadie Coles, reflections on shame from Penny Siopis and Griselda Pollock, musings on Morija by Lerato Bereng and thoughts on our next group show from Sinazo Chiya and Sisipho Ngodwana.
Portia Zvavahera features in The Power of My Hands at Musée d’Art Moderne. This exhibition of works by women artists forms part of Africa2020 Season, examining the relationships between 'memory, family, tradition, religion and imagination'.
Zanele Muholi features in Daimler Art Collection's newest show, 31:Women. In homage to Marcel Duchamp's New York exhibitions, Exhibition by 31 Women, (1943), and The Women, (1945), Daimler Contemporary 'takes its lead from these important founding documents of feminist art history' in assembling the offering.
Odili Donald Odita exhibits a new mural in New Grit: Art & Philly Now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For this show, artists with a strong relationship to the city are asked to explore ideas of being and belonging. Odita will present a discussion of the work.
Frida Orupabo exhibits in Mother! at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. This large-scale exhibition revolves around motherhood, viewed through changing notions of art and culture, primarily in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, Zanele Muholi's internationally touring exhibition curated by Renée Mussai, now shows at the Cummer Museum. This is the final venue for this exhibition in the United States.
In recognition for his 'compositional acuity and his vibrant, powerful and spirited work', Neo Matloga has won the 10th ABN AMRO Art Award. The prize includes an exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam museum, which will be accompanied by a catalogue.
Barthélémy Toguo presents Craving For Humanity at the Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. The exhibition follows the 'angle of intimate and collective experiences' with works by the artist hung alongside antiquities from the museum.
Simphiwe Ndzube features in Lineages: Works from the Collection at the NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale. The exhibition brings together works which speak to the museum's current show on Eric N Mack, highlighting 'contemporary artists whose work shares affinities with Mack’s poetic arrangements and thematic concerns'.
Meschac Gaba, Zanele Muholi and Barthélémy Toguo feature in THIS IS NOT AFRICA – UNLEARN WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED, taking place across ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Denmark and Red Clay in Ghana. The exhibition seeks to 'disrupt a conventional and stereotypical western narrative of Africanness'.
Dada Khanyisa and Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi feature in Mixed Company at the Norval Foundation. The group exhibition explores 'the act of gathering, pictured through the eyes of eleven modern and contemporary artists from southern Africa'.
Robin Rhode exhibits in FIRE IN MY BELLY at the Julia Stoschek Collection. Comprising film, video, photography, painting, sculpture and poetry, the exhibition seeks to examine the ways in which experiences of violence and loss are enacted, witnessed and transformed.
Frida Orupabo exhibits in Toronto's historic garment district as part of the city's Public Art programme, ArtworxTO. The mural is the first in a two-part project, with the second work launching at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in May
Moshekwa Langa, Simphiwe Ndzube, Frida Orupabo, Penny Siopis, Barthélémy Toguo and Portia Zvavahera exhibit in Witness: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M Pérez Collection at El Espacio 23. The show features over 100 works by artists from the region and its diaspora.
Pieter Hugo, Zanele Muholi, Odili Donald Odita, Robin Rhode, Guy Tillim and Portia Zvavahera are included in Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M Pérez Collection at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. 'Collapsing national borders, the artists in the exhibition ally with power, representing a kaleidoscope of voices that declare their authority.'
The Art Institute of Chicago presents Drives, the first US survey exhibition of Jo Ractliffe's work. The show brings together more than 100 artworks, from early photographs of the 1980s through to her Angolan and Borderlands series and most recent work.
Meleko Mokgosi's Your Trip to Africa references Peter Kubelka's 1966 Unsere Afrikareise ('Our Trip to Africa'). Mokgosi adds 'a new emotional force, reversing the desensitized tone that often accompanies modernist aesthetic treatments of non-Western subjects'.
Dada Khanyisa is among the artists included in Heroes: Principles of African Greatness at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. 'The exhibition invites visitors to consider the core values of leadership —justice, integrity, generosity, and empathy among them—embodied in selected art works'.
Pan-African Pulp, a commission by Meleko Mokgosi, is on view at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. His installation features large-scale panels inspired by African photo novels of the 1960s and 70s, a mural examining the complexity of blackness, and posters from pan-African movements around the world.