The National Gallery of Zimbabwe has put up a visual art exhibition which explores and shows how past trends have shaped the art practice in present day Zimbabwe.The exhibition titled â€˜Returning to Early Conversations,â€ showcases an array of stone sculpture, wood carvings and paintings by over 30 Zimbabwean visual artists, from the early 60s.
Returning to Early Conversations shows the first works produced by local artists in the then Rhodesia including works by the first group of students who undertook fine art workshops at Cyrene and Serima Mission schools.
National Gallery of Zimbabwe Assistant Curator, Mr. Thomas Pasirayi says the exhibition is an attempt to show how early visual art shaped the history of contemporary visual art in Zimbabwe.
â€œThis exhibition shows the development of art in the country as we try to educate our people on the roots of visual art and its influence todayâ€¦.the missionaries started this after realizing that they could tap talent from the people of this country,â€ Pasirayi said.
Zimbabwean artists only started showcasing their works internationally in 1958 after the opening of the National Gallery of Rhodesia.
Today Zimbabwe has exhibited on many fora internationally including the ongoing 54th Venice Biennale.