After a run in Frankfurt in 2015 – 2016, the exhibition is travelling to Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa

The exhibition A LABOUR OF LOVE focuses on a key part of the contemporary art collection of the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt on the Main, Germany - 600 works from South Africa which the museum acquired in 1986. These works were all produced by black artists including internationally renowned figures such as Peter Clarke, Lionel Davis, David Koloane, Charles Sokhaya Nkosi and Sam Nhlengethwa.

A LABOUR OF LOVE comes 28 years after the first exhibition of this collection was held in Frankfurt. It re-examines a selection of these works inspired by very different readings of the idea of love – from interpersonal relations to the passion and commitment which influenced both the creation of the works and the history of the collection’s acquisition. At the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) the exhibition will at certain moments be in conversation with works from the JAG collection, some which were created by artists whose works form part of the collection at the Weltkulturen Museum.

The exhibition also integrates a contemporary perspective on this special collection through new works produced by former students of WSOA in response to the collection and its specific history. This perspective is further expanded by works created by Sam Nhlengethwa during a residency at the Weltkulturen Museum in July 2015. The exhibition is travelling to South Africa after a run in Frankfurt in 2015 – 2016.

The exhibition is curated by  Gabi Ngcobo  (curator, artist, educator at the Wits School of Arts Johannesburg and curator of the 10th Berlin Biennial) and Dr. Yvette Mutumba (founder, editor-in-chief, Contemporary And (C&), curatorial team of the 10th Berlin Biennial).

The accompanying publication not only includes new articles by Yvette Mutumba, Gabi Ngcobo, Ciraj Rassool, Same Mdluli and Neo Muyanga, but also interviews with, among others, David Koloane, Peter Clarke, Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa, Charles Nkosi, and Lionel Davis. In addition, it contains unique archival material as well as numerous images of works from the museum’s collection and new productions. Published in German and English by Kerber Verlag.


Saturday, 13th August 2017, 4pm
Participating artists will be in attendance.

Exhibition dates:
14th August – 5th November 2017

CNR Klein and King George Streets
Joubert Park, Johannesburg, 2044

Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm



Funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation

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Monday, 14. August 2017 - 11:00 to Sunday, 5. November 2017 - 18:00
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