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 will feature new immersive works exploring the interplay between magical realism and major events.
6 May – 22 August 2021
Odili Donald Odita in Philadelphia
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.
24 April onwards
Robin Rhode in the Netherlands
A retrospective of Robin Rhode’s works is exhibited at the museum Voorlinden, featuring works from the 2000s to the present day across various media. This is the artist’s first solo show in the Netherlands.
6 April - 5 December 2021
Barthélémy Toguo in Paris
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.
25 February - 21 May 2021
Penny Siopis at the Peltz Gallery
Shadow Shame Again, by Penny Siopis, shows at the Birkbeck University of London's Peltz Gallery. The new film 'is a poetic evocation of ‘shadow shame’ as something that both embodies the loss of dignity and integrity, and offers fertile ground for empathy'.
22 January - 2 May 2021
Portia Zvavahera in Paris
Portia Zvavahera features in The Power of My Hands at Musée d’Art Moderne. This exhibition of works by women artist forms part of Africa Season 2020, examining the relationships between 'memory, family, tradition, religion and imagination'.
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'.
Deborah Poynton's exhibition Beyond Belief - a survey of the past decade of her painting, through a selection of about 60 works - has been rescheduled to open in July at the Drents Museum, which has an extensive collection of contemporary realism.
Dada Khanyisa and Neo Matloga exhibit in HI-STORYTELLING at Sfeir-Semler. This exhibition of figurative works looks at the increasing importance of narrative in visual arts as a form of contemporary storytelling.
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
Penny Siopis’ Shame series is included in Plural Possibilities and the Female Body at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington. The exhibition seeks to 'create a counterpoint to persistent myths and essentializing projections about femininity and gender norms'.
She Breathes Water, the recent film by Penny Siopis described as 'a visceral flash', is screened online as a special contribution to RHE, forming part of Galleries Curate.
Stevenson takes part in Galleries Curate, a collaborative exhibition between 21 galleries, 'designed to express the dynamic dialogue between individual programmes'. RHE, the first chapter, will feature projects that loosely address the theme of water—geographically, politically, economically or metaphorically.
Simphiwe Ndzube, Frida Orupabo, Portia Zvavahera exhibit in Witness: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection at El Espacio 23. The show features over 100 works 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 Perez Art Museum Miami. 'Collapsing national borders, the artists in the exhibition ally with power, representing a kaleidoscope of voices that declare their authority'.
The public opening of Zanele Muholi's survey exhibition at Tate Modern has been postponed again to the end of the UK's current lockdown. Spanning new and early work, this exhibition aims to present the full breadth of Muholi’s photographic and activist practice.
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.
Odili Donald Odita is included in Colour Field at the University of Houston. The exhibition, first shown at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 'provides opportunities to question our perceptions while thinking about the impact color has on our lives'.
Stevenson presents The Nonrepresentational, a digital showcase of the work of young artists, catalysed by the gallery's recent collaboration with VANSA. The twelve practitioners featured work across the mediums of painting, video and photography.
Meleko Mokgosi is among this year's recipients of a Soros Arts Fellowship, which aims to 'advances the broader practice of socially engaged artists and cultural producers', and includes support towards the realisation of large-scale project.
Stiftung Niedersachsen's Spectrum International Prize for Photography has been awarded to Zanele Muholi. The jury recognises images that assert 'a force and beauty rarely encountered in contemporary photography'. A solo show will take place at Sprengel Museum as part of the prize.
Viewable online while PAMM is closed, 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.