Dineo Seshee Bopape
Is Another Man's Treasure. The exhibition will be organised around two underlying themes; the use of found materials by contemporary artists and a focus on contemporary art from Africa. Works by Neil Beloufa, Cyprien Gaillard, Sarah Lucas, Gerda Scheepers and many more.
In October 2014, selected works from the Danjuma Collection will be presented for the first time at 33 Fitzroy Square, to coincide with the 12th edition of Frieze London. Offering a unique opportunity to encounter works from the collection of young, London-based collector Theo Danjuma, the inaugural exhibition will be organised around two underlying themes; the use of found materials by contemporary artists and a focus on contemporary art from Africa.
The exhibition’s title, derives from the proverb One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, a reference to the use of found, often discarded material in much of the work on display, as well as to the act of collecting and collections more generally.
Among the artists who, at times quite literally, employ ‘trash’ in their work are Matias Faldbakken, Gedi Sibony and Danh Vo. They are part of a generation that consciously positions itself in relation to the high production values that came to dominate contemporary art in the first decade of the 21st century, and in many ways form the core of the Danjuma Collection. Often, these artists are discussed and seen in relation to their conceptual strategies; the inaugural presentation of the collection, however, will highlight their work’s materiality and a multi-generational approach to found materials.
A second aspect of the Danjuma Collection that will be evident in the exhibition is its particular interest in Contemporary African artists, including Ernest Mancoba and Julie Mehretu. In an interview shortly before his death in 2002, the South African painter Ernest Mancoba objected to the artificial distinction between abstraction and figuration, and said he was instead interested in ‘whether the form can bring to life and transmit, with the strongest effect and by the lightest means possible, the being, which has been in me and aspires to expression.’ Selected by Joost Bosland, the exhibition at Fitzroy Square will include a number of works that reflect Mancoba’s intention, and are marked by simplicity of gesture and lightness of touch.
Featuring: Neil Beloufa, Simon Denny, Matias Faldbakken, Cyprien Gaillard, Nicholas Hlobo, Yngve Holen, Rashid Johnson, Moshekwa Langa, Klara Liden, Glenn Ligon, Sarah Lucas, Ernest Mancoba, Julie Mehretu, Nandipha Mntambo, Emeka Ogboh, Chadwick Rantanen, Sterling Ruby, Gerda Scheepers, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Timur Si-Qin, Gedi Sibony, Oscar Tuazon and Lynette Yiadom-Boayke.
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Opening 6 october
Drinks Reception: Wednesday 15 October 2014, 7-10pm
1st Floor, Two Furlongs (Esher, Surrey)
33 Fitzroy Square - London