sculpture 08-09-10.jpgA township art exhibition that depicts life in the country’s high density suburbs from the 1950s to date has been launched at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.


The aim of the exhibition is to offer one of the largest and best selections of fine art by Zimbabwean artists whose pieces have been largely ignored.


The range of paintings on different mediums covers a wide variety of genres such as wildlife art, landscapes and township scenes.


Other categories include sculpture, hand-coloured engravings and ceramics.
Newer forms of art such as mixed media are also featured in the exhibition.


The Curator of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Raphael Chikukwa said township art depicts the struggle for existence and the hope of survival in many of Zimbabwe’s townships, pointing out that pieces on display have been largely ignored by art galleries for many years.


“This is art that is not usually given space in the gallery and we are trying to give them a chance, we have works including those by Jangano the late, among others,” Chikukwa said.


The distinctive aspect of some of the art is the combination of rough and raw materials like wood, plastic, metal, tin and paint work to create a unique and intriguing depiction of daily life.


Margaret Majo, an artist from Highfield who uses bottle tops as a form of media says her work is unique as each piece is different.


“I have interest in bottle tops and each of the tops I design is different from another. This is different from doing art on people and animals, because they have always been there,” said Majo.


The exhibition is part of the search for Zimbabwe’s lost township and resistance art, taken out of the country by art collectors in the 1970s and ’80s, as the national gallery embarks on a global retrieval campaign.