A rare collection of rediscovered early works by young Zimbabwean painters is being exhibited in the United Kingdom for the first time in almost 70 years.
The exhibition includes works by Samuel Songo, Kingsley Sambo, Timothy Dhlodhlo and several others who went on to become the precursors to Zimbabwean modern art.
“The Stars are Bright comes at a critical time to share the story of African artists and their work. It sheds much-deserved light on these young artists and this vital chapter of Zimbabwe’s art history,” said Ward.
After the exhibition, the artworks will tour Zimbabwe.
“When we began organising The Stars are Bright, which takes its title from a work in the exhibition by Musa Nyahwa dated 1945, we could never have imagined just how much the world would change around us. It is a critical time to share the work of black artists past and present.“This exhibition is an exploration of life, the natural world, spirituality and change, all guided by Zimbabwe’s bright young stars,” said Ward.