For 1:54 Galerie Mikael Andersen will exhibit various pieces from Ernest Mancoba’s estate, presenting his Oeuvre from the 1960s to 1990 as well as one of Sonja Ferlov Mancobas sculptures.
Ernest Mancoba was born and raised as a black man in South African apartheid system, which has influenced his art deeply. His work is inspired by the African ritual woodcut objects. In his evocative paintings and drawings, the body is used like an expressive messenger. In 1938 Mancoba moved to Paris to be able to study and work freely as an artist. In Paris, Mancoba met his wife, the Danish sculptor Sonja Ferlov Mancoba with he soon joined the CoBrA circle. His goal was to bring to European art his deep understanding of African Culture, represented by the frequently appearing totems in his works that reflect the Ubuntu philosophy he so often referred to: A human is a human by and for other people. Sonja Ferlov Mancoba believed in letting the material speak to her and proceeded without prior plans or finished compositions in mind, and in her strong bronze sculptures you see inspiration fluctuate between the movements of spontaneous art and the concrete constructivism as well as traditional African art.
After the end of apartheid, Mancoba was honoured with large retrospectives at the National Gallery in Cape Town and the Museum of Modern Art in Johannesburg. His work has been included in major institutional exhibitions at the Tate Britain, Haus der Kunst, Munich, and MOMA PS1 in New York and he is also part of this year’s Documenta 14, Universe in Universe in Kassel and Athens. The National Gallery of Denmark is currently planning the first large retrospective exhibition with Sonja Ferlov Mancoba to be shown at the museum in 2018.