I have praised Zimbabwean stone sculpture in the media for many years now, and known it to touch many hearts. I am very happy that I need not take back a single word of that praise. And even happier, that this sculpture has been taken up by the younger generation and has flowered beyond all expectation. Go and give it your support. It is phenomenal a glimpse of what Africa has to offer the world in this century, which seems to have started so terribly.
CURRENTLY flying the Zimbabwean flag high in Britain are three of the country’s most brilliant yet unheralded sculptors: Lincon Muteta, Sam Mabeu and Jonothan Mhondorohuma. The trio together with their youthful promoter, British-born Vivienne Prince, have been in England exhibiting their provocative works – exotic in this part of the world…
The VanDusen exhibit will include several pieces by Zimbabwe’s preeminent sculptor Dominic Benhura, considered one of Africa’s greatest contributions to the world of contemporary art.
ZimSculpt is a chance to see pieces that influenced some of the 20th century’s greatest artists, including Man Ray, Miró, Matisse and Picasso and to maybe take a piece of history home with you. Part art mart, part garden stroll — it’s a homo horticulturist’s dream.
What I love about ZimSculpt is how perfectly suited these large, modern-yet-spiritual sculptures are to VanDusen’s traditional garden landscapes. It’s almost as if these sculptures were meant to be seen in a garden, they seem so at home here. I love how natural they look, rising out of a cluster of flowers or standing proudly at the edge of a lake.
Once again art and garden lovers alike will be graced with the award-winning Zimbabwean stone sculpture exhibit, ZimSculpt as it has returned to Royal Botanical Gardens.
Mining the richness of Zimbabwe’s geology, featured artists will create powerful works of art that depict the stories of the natural world and the culture and traditions of their home land.
A real treat here in Wimbledon. At Cannizaro Park a superb open-air exhibition of Zimbabwean sculpture. There were many pieces, large and small, and a wide variety of different stone used in imaginative ways. And, overall, a real sense of Africa, linked to a long artistic tradition.
I was told that many of the sculptors had been trained within their own families: a father, an uncle, a grandfather, passing on the old skills.
The work of Zimbabwe’s top 100 sculptors work are on display and for sale at the Cannizaro Park ‘Italian Garden’. Live demonstrations will be given by three Zimbabwean sculptors invited for the exhibition.
This is the final year exhibiting at Wimbledon for the team of ZimSculpt.com, who travel the world every year to host exhibitions in different venues, including the USA, Canada, UAE, Bahrain, Germany and South Africa. They were proud winners at the Chelsea Flower Show again this year…
We feel privileged to host an exhibition of this highly-acclaimed spiritual and yet truly contemporary artwork. It is quite thought-provoking that these sculptors are producing such inspiring work despite the political unrest in their country.
ZimSculpt, the exhibition of stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, which opens at VanDusen Botanical Garden Saturday, is as much a story about the rise of a new African art movement as it is a showcase of exciting and unique, never-been-seen-before art works.
It’s the height of summer, and ZimSculpt is bringing the sizzle back to Vancouver! Breaking up the gray skies and bringing with it the sun. This exhibit of stone sculptures from Zimbabwe has returned to VanDusen Botanical Gardens…
Pulling from a long established sculpting tradition, these pieces speak to traditional themes such as family and spirituality. Yet do so with a unique modern flair. Zimbabwe is home to many of the world’s most notable sculptors. Which is evident in every spectacular piece thoughtfully and artistically placed through out some of the most lush and beautiful perennial beds in the city!
There is much to love about the pairing of ZimSculpt and VanDusen. The combination of art and the garden enhances the experience of both. The larger Zimbabwean sculptures seem ideally suited to outdoor display: they are perfectly at home rising from a bed of perennials or standing tall beside Cypress Pond, and they act as dramatic accents to the Garden’s picturesque landscapes.
I’ve seen the previous two ZimSculpt exhibitions and, judging by the preview photographs, this year’s collection has a much more modernistic cast, somewhat whimsical in several of its pieces. Earlier exhibitions were “heavier,” always a problem with stone; several of this year’s major pieces are very graceful, more stylistic, and probably more attractive to a Western audience.
It’s hard to imagine the difficulty involved in transporting more than 300 stone sculptures from Zimbabwe on a world tour – some weighing so much it takes five men to lift them – but the team behind ZimSculpt has managed this tedious task for over a decade, and brings this beloved Zimbabwean art form to VanDusen Botanical Garden for its third and final year in Vancouver.
We are thrilled that we could secure these two Zimbabwean artists to teach a sculpting camp for kids and a weekend workshop for adults with local sculptor Don Watson. They talk a lot while sculpting, telling stories as they go.
Loseley Park will be hosting ZimSculpt.com within the Elizabethan gardens and home of the More-Molyneux family. Sculptures will be situated within their enclosed garden, among the flowerbeds and water features. ZimSculpt.com hand select every piece of sculpture to be displayed and supply some of the finest art galleries around the world.
Sculpture has always been a part of Chelsea Flower Show so it comes as no surprise that there are 55 stands exhibiting all kinds of shapes, sizes and materials made by home-grown and international talent. Sculptors from Africa were especially evident and I could have walked away with a number of the exhibits from ZimSculpt.com, a studio based in Harare, Zimbabwe.
For centuries, botanical gardens around the world have featured sculpture throughout their grounds… Now, the (Naples Botanical) Garden is capitalizing on its “Gardens of Latitude” tagline to present more than 200 stone sculptures from Zimbabwe, which rests in the same 26 degrees north and 26 degrees south band around the equator that is the Garden’s focus.
Brian Holley, Executive Director at the Garden, says “I think just providing the opportunity for people to see the quality of sculpture that is being produced in Zimbabwe will be a surprise to most people,” he says. “But even more important will be the way that the sculptures enhance the experience of visiting the garden.”
ZimSculpt has brought the creations of Zimbabwean sculptors to major exhibitions in botanical gardens worldwide, where they have been accorded critical acclaim. The exhibit features more than 100 stone carvings arranged throughout the Garden.
Patrons toured the gardens as two Zimbabwean sculptors were on hand creating from raw materials. ZimSculpt, a traveling exhibit, features several dozen pieces of the finest in Zimbabwean rock sculpture worldwide.
The Zimbabwean sculptures, tucked along the garden’s paths, are beautiful in their simplicity, carved from a single stone that reveals its form as artists without a plan make their first cuts. Sculptors such as Passmore Mupindiko and Patrick Sephani, who will demonstrate their talents through the Dow Gardens run, tap into a fusion of their country’s cultural legacy and contemporary environment.
When Passmore Mupindiko’s grandfather taught him how to sculpt, an art that once captured the images of Zimbabwe’s tribal chiefs so that new generations would know what great men they were, the 7-year-old couldn’t imagine where his art would lead him.
The installation, ZimSculpt, features the work of numerous artists from Zimbabwe. These sculptures are formed from single pieces of stone and are completed without the aid of power tools.
We were thrilled when the RBG announced earlier this year that ZimSculpt would be returning to the gardens this year. When this beautiful exhibit was here a few years ago I recall spending an enjoyable late summer evening wandering through the gardens and admiring the magnificent pieces of sculpture. These works of art seemed to fit in so easily with the beautiful backdrop of the flowers and plants and I dreamed of having one in my own garden.
Promotion counts as much as the art, and if the promotion is right the art will be right, and if the promotion is wrong it will go wrong, and that’s the whole answer. The future is in the hands of the promoters.
Welcome to the new world of African art. Artists and dealers no longer wait for audiences to seek them out at museums or galleries, and instead travel for exhibits and art festivals around the globe.
They receive no public funding and rely exclusively on sculpture sales to keep the business moving forward. There’s a strong sense of pride and excitement when she speaks of how the company started and how they travel worldwide showcasing these beautiful pieces.
Now that Henry Moore is dead, who is the greatest stone carver in the world. In my experience there are three outstanding contenders. And all three come from Zimbabwe.
It is extraordinary to think that of the ten leading sculpture carvers in the world, perhaps five come from one single African tribe, the Shona. These marvelous Shona sculptors from Zimbabwe speak for Africa but they also speak for us all; they restore a dignity to art which it is in danger of losing.
If the perfection of art is measured purely by emotional expressive power, then this art is beyond perfection.