National Portrait Gallery, London
17 September
— 8 January 2023
Love Stories – Art, passion & tragedy
More than 100 portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, London
This exhibition is an ode to love in all its forms. From romantic love to the obsession artists have with their muses, from love tragedies to love that triumphs against all odds. Over 100 portraits tell the stories of the world’s most beautiful and high-profile love stories. Together, they paint a moving picture of how love and desire have influenced portraiture over the centuries; from 16th-century paintings to contemporary photography. Come face-to-face with famous romantic couples like Oscar Wilde & Lord Alfred Douglas and John Lennon & Yoko Ono, and meet famous artists like Anthony van Dyck, Lee Miller, Ferdinand Bol and David Hockney.
Amsterdam Museum in the Hermitage
On view from 17 May
Exhibition of Neo Matloga
The 10th ABN AMRO Art Award winner

Exhibition of the tenth ABN AMRO Art Award winner Neo Matloga

Last year the tenth ABN AMRO Art Award was granted to Neo Matloga. As part of this prize, his exhibition, along came your eyes, has opened at the Hermitage Amsterdam. For this solo show Matloga produced a series of seven new works. 

Using photographs, ink, and charcoal, Matloga creates 'collage-paintings' that open a window onto the world that surrounded him in South Africa. Each painting is titled in the artist’s native language, a proud nod to his home province, Limpopo. The paintings serve as a recollection of scenes from his past. They are filled with emotions, coupled with imagined realities that blend the absurd and the surreal in an exchange of passion, conflict, and joy.

In his new body of work, Matloga’s characters are seen lounging at the beach, in an intimate embrace in a swimming pool, or sharing a moment at a café. The characters look directly at the viewer, but their heads are consistently shown in profile, in what could be seen as a cue to racial profiling. In this way, Matloga takes the gaze of his characters ‒ and the viewer ‒ far beyond the canvas. The title of the exhibition, along came your eyes, echoes this poetic push and pull of the gaze. 

Matloga is known for his rendering of Black joy, the everyday moments among Black people that are rarely shown in art and in the media. These seemingly mundane scenes are layered with sociopolitical undertones that allude to the many ways Blackness is seen and represented. However, a clear-cut message is nowhere to be found; the strength of Matloga's work lies in this open-ended nature of his collage-paintings. Matloga calls them “ugly-beautiful paintings”. Beauty and distortion, at first seemingly conflicting forces, reach an unexpected balance.  

On display to the public from 17 May 2022 through 2 October 2022. 

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