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Often under-rated as an art form, a new exhibition attempts to give sculpture its rightful place in contemporary SA art history.
Posted 17 Jun 10 By Design Indaba Creative Work / Design News Comments

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Twenty: South African Sculpture of the Last Two Decades is an exhibition of some of the top local sculptural works of the past 20 years. This outdoor exhibition is happening at the Nirox Sculpture Park in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng until 15 August 2010.

Curated by Andrew Lamprecht, Twenty is a sculptural reflection of the shifts, challenges, changes and achievements the country has experienced. The different works, which include everything from historical pieces to those commissioned for the exhibition, demonstrate how sculptors have responded to various social events and changes.

The exhibition will host the work of about 40 artists and includes names like William Kentridge, Jane Alexander, Willem Boshoff and Dylan Lewis.

Arnaldo Pomodoro and Eduardo Villa: a Sculptural Dialogue is a separate exhibition that runs concurrently with Twenty and features the work of these two figures in sculpture. Villa is often regarded as the leading South African sculptor of the past 50 years, his most famous work being the "Red Knot” outside the Cape Town Civic Centre. It’s the first time that the work of Pomodoro, a leading figure in Italian sculpture, will be on display in South Africa. Some of his work can be seen in the Vatican and the United Nations.

Visitors can move freely between the two exhibitions for an all-encompassing experience.