Norval Foundation Presents An Exhibition By Michael Armitage

Norval Foundation Presents An Exhibition By Michael Armitage

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After successful shows in Sydney, London and San Francisco, Kenyan rising star Michael Armitage has a solo exhibition at Norval Foundation until June 2020.

Situated in the heart of the Steenberg wetlands, the world-class Norval Foundation has opened its latest exhibition, featuring internationally acclaimed Kenyan artist Michael Armitage. A fitting addition to Norval Foundation’s ever-growing global repertoire, which already features artists such as William Kentridge and Yinka Shonibare, the exhibition runs from now until 15 June 2020.

About Michael Armitage

The Norval Foundation

Based between Kenya, where he grew up, and London, 35-year-old Armitage has exhibited at solo shows in Sydney, Turin, London and San Francisco to critical acclaim, and was included in the 2019 Venice Biennale, one of the most prolific arts organisations in the world.

The paintings included in this exhibition appear on Lubugo cloth, derived from the bark of the Mutuba tree found in Southern Uganda, and traditionally used as a burial shroud and for ceremonial clothing.

Through eight paintings and a series of preparatory ink drawings (created over the years following the 2017 Kenyan elections), Armitage connects contemporary East African imagery with traditional Western figurative painting.

Some of the featured works include Mkokoteni (2019), Pathos and The Twilight of The Idle (2019), The Accomplice (2019), The Chicken Thief (2019), The Dumb Oracle (2019), The Promise of Change (2018) and The Promised Land (2019), which will be accompanied by a fully illustrated publication.

Norval Foundation Exhibitions

Good to know

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Gallery 1, Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Road, Steenberg Estate Tokai Cape Town


087 654 5900