Lekgaba, Biorn, Ndaba exhibit at National Museum

Lekgaba's caricature of president Ian Khama and former presidents Festus Mogae, Ketumile Masire and the late Sir Seretse Khama
Lekgaba's caricature of president Ian Khama and former presidents Festus Mogae, Ketumile Masire and the late Sir Seretse Khama

Albert Lekgaba’s caricatures, Mathew Biorn’s immaculate large frame traditional Tswana mass choir and Velias Ndaba’s landscape piece are the main attraction at the Big Five exhibition hosted by the National Museum Main Gallery. But if it were a competition, Biorn would be leading the pack of Lekgaba, Ndaba, Mex Mokwaledi and Joost van Hesselt.

Biorn’s ability to use simple concepts to produce pieces with great artistic impressions is demonstrated in his works on the display.

His depiction of the traditional Tswana mass choir brings the viewer close to reality.  The women in the piece are all dressed in traditional blue blankets and headscarves, which form the kind of uniformity that no eye can miss. Add that to a similar background and you have an imposing piece of art that grabs every visitor’s attention. The artist also demonstrates versatility and good technical ability in his piece, showing the beauty that nature offers when the light hits a pool of water. It shows a galaxy of firecrackers booming in the dark sky next to the sea and how similar shapes form in the pool below.  Most interesting is how the artist’s dark blue line marks where the horizons meet.

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