Dr. Esther Mahlangu

Biography


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Solo Exhibitions

2020   
‘Esther Mahlangu 85’, Johannesburg, SA
Unveiling of the ‘Mahlangu’ Rolls-Royce Phantom, Cape Town, SA
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Past Modern Section, The Melrose Gallery, CT
‘Disrupting Patterns’, The Melrose Gallery, One&Only, CT

2019     
'Timeless', Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein, SA  
Esther Mahlangu, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, SA

2017    
A Tribute to Nelson Mandela, The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg, SA

2016    
BMW Lounge, FRIEZE ART FAIR, London, UK

2015    
Esther Mahlangu 80, UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town, SA

2014    
Esther Mahlangu: An Artistic Residency, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia, USA

2012    
Overlay, 34FineArt, Cape Town, SA

2010    
Centro Espositivo St. Art, Calenzano, Italy

2008    
Esther Mahlangu: Reacquiring, The Kyle Kauffman Gallery, New York, USA

2007    
Esther Mahlangu 2007, 34LONG, Cape Town, SA
Why Africa?, Fiat 500, Turin, Italy

2005    
Esther Mahlangu, 34LONG, Cape Town, SA

2003    
Esther Mahlangu 2003, UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town, SA

1998    
Museum of Oceanian and African Art, Paris, France

 

Selected Exhibitions

2020    
Carol Bouwer Bag Collection Collaboration, SA
Mural - Southgate Mall, Johannesburg, SA
Rolls - Royce Phantom ‘The Mahlangu’, SA

2019    
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, The Melrose Gallery, CT
Conflict Resolution Art, Athens, Greece
Timeless', One and Only, Cape Town, SA

2018    
Public Commission, Three Murals, The Market Theatre foyer, Esther Mahlangu  Boardroom at Windybrow Theatre in Hillbrow, The Contemporary Market Square  Complex, Johannesburg, SA
Group Exhibition, Museum of Arts and Design, New York , USA
Not A Single Story, Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind, SA

2017    
Imibala Gallery, Somerset West, SA

2016    
South Africa the art of a nation, The British Museum, UK, 27 October 2016
New design - Belvedere(RED), NY, USA

2015    
Amref Health Africa Artball: Celebrating Contemporary African Art, New York, USA
Imibala Gallery, Somerset West, SA 
Sneaker design with Swedish Company Eytys, Paris Fashion Week, France
40 years of BMW Art Cars, BMW Museum, Munchen, Germany

2014    
Traditional African Murals, Museum of African Art, Belgrade, Serbia
Look Mickey!, 34FineArt, Cape Town, SA
Les Magiciens de la Terre, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, SA

2013    
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK
Urban Interpretation, Graffik Gallery, London, UK
FourWalls, 34FineArt, Cape Town, SA

2012    
Art Drive! Exhibition, Great Eastern Street Car Park in Shoreditch, London, UK
Urban Interpretation, 34FineArt, Cape Town, SA
Blend, 34FineArt, Cape Town, SA

2011    
Durban Tourism Indaba, Durban, SA 
Ensemble, 34FineArt, Cape Town, SA
ArtMonaco’1 1 , Monaco
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA

2010    
Africa. Objetos y Sujetos, Teatro Fernan Gomez, Centro de Arte, Madrid, Spain
ATASA Trust Southern Africa Handcraft & Ndebele Art Exhibition, Newtown, SA
La mostra sulla Regina d’Africa Esther Mahlangu, Napoli, Italy
Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, USA
FIFA Official Artist, Italy

2009    
Sortileges, Fondation pour L’art Contemporain, Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon,  Alex, France
3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Africa? Una nuova storia, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy

2008    
The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Denver Museum of Art, Denver, Colorado, USA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA

2007    
Why Africa?, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy
Painted the New Fiat 500 - “Why Africa?”, The Pigozzi Collection, Italy
SA Art -- Signs, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia
Berlin and Beyond Art in Public Places, Florida, USA
Durban Art Gallery, Durban, SA
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, USA
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Tacoma Museum of Art, Tacoma, Washington, USA

2006    
100% African; The Jean Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection, Guggenheim  Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 2006 Memory Innovation
Tradition, 34 LONG, Cape Town, SA 2006 Roppongi Hills Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Beyond Lilith: The Sacred Feminine, Scuderie Aldobrandini Frascati, Roma, Italy

2005    
Arts of Africa, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
Yokohama Triennial, Japan
New Identities Contemporary Art from South Africa, Pretoria Art Museum &  Johannesburg Art Gallery, SA
Galleria Spacia, Italy
South Africa-USA Native American Exchange Project, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, USA
Project Row Houses, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
National Museum of African Art, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA

2004    
New Identities Contemporary Art from South Africa, Museum Bochum, Germany
New Orleans Jazz Festival, South African Stage, New Orleans, USA

2003    
Dentro e Fuori le Mura, Fabbrica Eos, Milano, Italy

2002    
Passport to South Africa, Centro Culturale Trevi, Bolzano, Italy
The Art of Colour, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna, SA

2001    
Arte Africana Contemporanea, Galleria d’arte Spazia, Bologna, Italy
Galleria Cavellini, Brescia, Italy
South Africa Today, The Helsinki Fair Centre, Finland

2000    
5th Biennale of Contemporary Art, Lyons, France
Dialogue of Cultures, EXPO 2000, Hannover, Germany

1999    
The Three Rivers Art Festival, Pittsburgh, USA
<<REWIND>>FAST FORWARD.ZA, Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands

1998    
Musee des Arts d’Afrique et d’Oceanie, Paris, France
Africa Africa: Vibrant New Art from a Dynamic Continent, Tobu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

1997    
BA Airways Tail wing design, UK
Exhibit Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
York College, Los Angeles, California, USA
Mural for National Museum of Woman in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA
Ndebele Images - Then and Now, National Arts Club, New York, USA
Oog op Zuidelijke Afrika, Het Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, Netherlands
Portal to America, Installation, Spoleto Festival, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
African Immigrant Folklife Festival, Washington D.C., USA

1996    
Parish Gallery, Georgetown, USA
Exhibition for the Congressional Black Caucus, Washington D.C., USA
Armour J. Blackburn Centre, Howard University, Washington D.C., USA
World Bank, Washington D.C., USA
Mural - Ministry of Finance Building, Pretoria, SA
Mural - Alexandra Township Stadium, Johannesburg, SA

1995    
BMW Art Cars and Paintings Exhibition, Sydney, Australia
Group Exhibition, Market Theatre, Johannesburg, SA
BMW Art Cars Collection, National Museum of Woman in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA

1994    
Mural - National Museum of Woman in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA
Mural - Ndebele College of Education, KwaNdebele, SA
Mural - African Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
Mural - European Inventive Business Travel Meetings Exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland
Out of Africa, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, France

1993    
La Grande Verite, Les Astres Africains, Nantes Fine Arts Museum, Nantes, France
European Inventive Business Travel Meetings Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal
Geneva International Exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland

1992      
Comme des Garcons, Tokyo, Japan; New York, USA; and Paris, France
Out of Africa, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Fire Screen, Civic Theatre, Johannesburg, SA
BMW Art Cars, Documenta 9, Kassel, Germany
Africa Hoy, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
Africa Hoy, Cultural Centre of Contemporary Art, Mexico City, Mexico

1991      
BMW Art Cars, Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, SA
BMW Art Cars Commission, Germany
Painting columns in Building, Tokyo, Japan
Fashion Collection, Tokyo, Japan
Ny Afrikansk Billedkunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
Africa Hoy, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, de Gran Canaria, Spain

1990      
Caravan Auto Show, Lavante, France
Bordeaux Festival, Bordeaux, France
Mural Painting, Rosebank Shopping Centre, SA
Mural Painting, Johannesburg School, SA 
Centre de la Villette, Paris, France
Fine Arts Museum, Angouleme, France
Mural Painting, Musee des Beaux Arts, France
Les Magiciens de la Terre, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

 

Collections

Larry Warsh
Isaac Shongwe Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa
David Frankel
Paul Berman
William Humphreys
The Dean Collection, USA
Sovereign Art Foundation, Switzerland
Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia
Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, SA 
The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva, Switzerland
Johnnic Communications Management Services Collection, Johannesburg, SA
Museum Bochum, Bochum, Germany
South African National Gallery, Iziko Museums, Cape Town, SA
BROKER Art Collection, Belgium
BOE Bank, Cape Town, SA
Musee des Arts d’Afrique et d’Oceanie, Paris, France
Botshabelo Museum, Botshabelo, SA BMW Art Cars Collection, Germany World Bank Collection, USA
Museum of Modern Art, Equatorial Guinea BHP Billiton Collection, Johannesburg, SA Roppongi Hills
Art Museum, Japan Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia, USA Museum Bochum, Germany Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, SA
RE:CM Collection, Cape Town, SA
National Museum of Woman in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France Musee des Beaux Arts, France
Rupert Art Collection, Stellenbosch, SA
University of Cape Town, SA
Esther’s work is also represented in numerous public and private collections.


Awards

2019    
Officier de L'Ordre Arts et Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters

2018    
Honorary Doctors Degree, University of Johannesburg, SA  
Honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in Visual and Performing Arts, Durban
University of Technology, SA  

2017    
Arts and Culture Veteran Award, Ubuntu Awards, Cape Town, SA

2016    
The Lilizela Awards, Minister’s Award, SA
CAAMMPPS, South African Women Identity & Heritage Life Lessons,
Discourse Honorary Award, SA

2015    
Lilizela Tourism Awards, Best Roots and Culture Exhibition, SA
The Lilizela Tourism Award, Roots and culture, SA
South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards,
Life Time Achievement Award, SA

2013    
1st Mbokodo Award, SA

2012    
1st Mbokodo Award, South African Women in the Arts, SA

2010    
Increasing Access to the Arts Award - 13th annual BASA Awards, SA

2007    
The Heritage Award for Preservation and Promotion of South African
Heritage and Culture, The Premier of KZN, SA

2006    
The Order of Ikhamanga (Silver) , Government of South Africa, SA
National Arts and Culture Trust, Lifetime Achievement Award, SA

2001    
Arts and Culture Award, Art Promotion, SA
Pan African Broadcasting, Heritage and Achievement Award (PABHA) , SA
Radio Ndebele Award, SA

1999    
Mpumalanga Arts and Culture Award, SA

1997    
Nassau County Commendation, New York, USA
Incorporated Village of Hempstead Citation, Hempstead, New York, USA
Ministry of Culture and Communication, Centre de la Villette, France
Mpumalanga Sport Premier’s Culture Award, SA

1988    
Radio Ndebele Award, SA