February 7, 2020

Konaté Joins Kentridge, Nkanga, on the Waterfront

Abdoulaye Konaté, the Malian artist who installs art pieces that look like dresses of African masquerades, will be having his works on view at the Zeitz Mocaa Gallery on the waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa.

The show will run from February 12, 2020 to January 12, 2021.

Mr. Konate is highly regarded by critics for his large scale works in which ribbons of dyed cloth are sewn on backgrounds and come across as a collection strips stitched together to tell stories.

His Zeitz Mocaa exhibition, titled Ideograms, Signs, Symbols and Logos (Homage to Youssouf Tata Cissé and Germaine Dieterlen) “is an appliqué tapestry conceived especially for the museum’s iconic four-storey-high atrium wall” Zeitz Mocaa explains in a release.

“It explores semiotics rooted in West Africa and honours two iconic thinkers distinguished for their pivotal contribution to culture”, Zeitz Mocaa explains, .in a statement in which it invites its members and the art viewing public to “experience a monumental new work by a renowned artist”

Konate is a widely travelled, extensively exhibited and documented aesthete, whose works have been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and have shown in such major exhibits as Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent at The Hayward Gallery in London and Documenta 12 in

The exhibition at the Zeiitz Mocaa, joins ongoing exhibits of works of such distinguished artists as William Kentridge, whose show is titled Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings To Work (wrapping up on March 23, 2020)and Otobong Nkanga, who is presenting a collection with the theme: Acts at the Crossroads, which ends on February 23, 2020.

“Much of Konaté’s work has referenced motifs and apparel of Malian masquerades, foregrounding important African knowledge systems”, the Museum statement attests.

“Over the last forty-four years, his work has engaged with socio-political and environmental issues, including HIV/AIDS, freedom of expression, Islamic fundamentalism, and political satire”.

On view: 12 February 2020 – 12 January 2021

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