Exhibition: San: Contemporary Art of the African Bushmen Group Show

This exhibition runs from Sat, 17th Jul 2021 to Sat, 28th Aug 2021. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Fri,
30th Jul 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Sat,
31st Jul 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Mon,
2nd Aug 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Tue,
3rd Aug 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Wed,
4th Aug 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Thu,
5th Aug 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
Fri,
6th Aug 2021  
(10am - 6pm)

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: Free of Charge


This is a major survey show of one of the most exciting, yet least known, movements in contemporary art: a non-Western tradition at once ancient and modern, immediate and other.

The culture of the Bushmen, or San peoples, of southern Africa is amongst the oldest - and richest - in the world. It stretches back in an unbroken line over forty thousand years.

It is only, however, in the last thirty years that its complex iconography of stylized animal and plant forms - first set down in rock paintings, carvings and body-art - has begun to be fixed in permanent and portable media, as paintings on canvas and prints on paper. These are pictures of extraordinary freshness and power - imbued with both a sense of the eternal rhythms of nature and the contemporary socio-political concerns of a marginalized people. A new art movement has been born.

The initiative was inspired, in part, by the example of the Australian aboriginals, and the influential 'Desert Painting' movement begun in the 1970s, which similarly transformed an ancient indigenous tradition into a contemporary cultural force. And it was this connection that encouraged several San communities to approach the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery in 1992 - with its international reputation for promoting aboriginal art - to exhibit their work.

Over the past three decades Rebecca Hossack has maintained her close connection with the movement, visiting the Kalahari, and mounting a series of ground-breaking shows of San art in both London and New York.

San: Contemporary Art of the African Bushmen provides a new and important survey of the movement so far, bringing together major paintings by all the leading artists of the group, as well as a comprehensive collection of linocuts, screen-prints and monotypes.


Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


Location

Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery,

2a Conway Street,
Fitzroy Square,
London,
W1T 6BA

Map of Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery