Exhibitions currently on display at Bulawayo National Gallery, and forthcoming exhibitions :

30 December 2020 to 19 February 2020

Dreams and Realities exhibition seeks to invite artists, to contribute their thoughts through painting, sculpture and mixed media. The National Gallery of Zimbabwe seeks to commemorate Zimbabwe’s attainment of 40 years of independence through an exhibition by local and Zimbabwean artist. Having attained black majority rule on the 18th of April 1980, Zimbabwe in 2020 celebrates 40 years of self-determination.

Featuring work by: Ishmael Singo, Dumisani Ndlovu, George Masarira, Miranda Mathe, Omega Masuku, Stanley Sibanda, Nonhlanhla Mathe and Nkosikhona Nkomo.

The NGZ will unveil the realities and dreams of Zimbabwean people in a visual perspective of Zimbabwe’s 40th anniversary. The exhibition aims to be seen as a contemporary guide for creative memory to everyone that played a role in liberating Zimbabwe. The exhibitions includes other liberation war elements and brings out evolving meanings of soverenity.

Artists are exploring personal journeys, motivations, trials and tribulations of individuals who set off from their rural villages and townships to join the struggle. Zimbabwe’s 40th anniversary comes at a time when the status quo has begun to understand the role that art can play in the society and in the re-engagement agenda. This groundbreaking exhibition brings a interrogative generation of artists together as Zimbabwe marks this milestone.

The arts have contributed immensely to the visibility of Zimbabwe internationally and as a country there is need to realize the soft power that the art brings to the image of the country. Art brings people together and it’s time to harness its impact and role and celebrate its achievements. Zimbabwe @ 40 provides us with a great opportunity to revisit our struggle for independence and the post-colonial traumas as we look into the future that will define us as a young nation. It is also an opportunity for the born frees/ millennials to add to this narrative from their own perspective.

What does Zimbabwe at 40 mean to you?

For more details contact the Curator on c.zulu@nationalgallery.co.zw