Tshwane Legends Exhibition
Legends Mmutle – Ribeiro exhibition was conceptualized
in 2009 in partnership with the Pretoria Art Museum as a continuation
show following the Neo Emergence 2010. Artists of the late Mike
Mmutle and Johnny Ribeiro caliber have been consistently producing
work that contributes to the wealth of art in Pretoria/Tshwane.
Their contribution over the past decades has simultaneously helped
to shape visual art in South Africa. Unfortunately with the change
in art trends and the rise of postmodernist discourse in terms
of the nature of the visual art object in contemporary art circles
their contributions have been eclipsed and as a results it has
suffered anonymity in the new generation of artists and art appreciators.
Although the artists
have retained a somewhat legendary status through private sales
to respectable collectors and patrons which has seen their work
sold locally and over seas their importance to South African Art
in general is yet to be acknowledged. It is through this exhibition
that this last point can be engaged with. Through this exhibition
we aim to celebrate their commitment and contributions to our
art in South Africa. Throughout their careers the two friends
have acted as mentors to one another, often dealing with similar
subject matter through almost similar techniques, from painting
to printmaking although each retaining individuality.