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New Publication - George Lilanga: The Doors – The impressive Documentation

07-15-2021 01:44 PM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: HMC - Hamburg Mawingu Collection

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Born in the North of Mozambique, the Makonde artist George Lilanga (1934 – 2005) belongs to the most important representatives of East Africa's contemporary visual art.

From his extensive artistic life work, eight carved so-called doors shine out, which Lilanga has created in 1982 for the world-famous art house Nyumba ya Sanaa in Dar es Salaam / Tanzania and which he has counted to some of his best artworks ever.

The lavishly restored doors were saved in 2011 and exhibited in 2012 in Hamburg / Germany during the internationally heeded tribute to the artist solo exhibition “George Lilanga: Inside…Africa…Outside" as part of the Hamburg Art Week.

The portrayals and motives of the doors reveal a deep insight into the spirit mythology of the Makonde people.

Important information about it could be passed down in a detailed interview with Augustino Malaba, also Makonde artist and the uncle of George Lilanga. Some selected quotations from this serve the bold description of the portrayed Shetani figures.

Beside the work directory from 2005 with this new documentation the HMC - Hamburg Mawingu Collection presents another important publication about the life work of George Lilanga.

A “must-have” for each Lilanga collector and serious researcher and expert of Makonde contemporary art.

Year of publication: 2021
Publisher: HMC – Hamburg Mawingu Collection
21 x 27,5 cm
24 full coloured pages
Bilingual English / German
Limited edition
Price: 29,80 Euro plus shipping costs

Insured parcel with Tracking (EU or WORLD)

More Info on internet:
George Lilanga News

Peter-Andreas Kamphausen
Hamburg Mawingu Collection (HMC)
Seestraße 4
DE-22607 Hamburg

The Hamburg Mawingu Collection is among the internationally leading collections of modern East-African Makonde woodcarving art. Beside numerous masterpieces of the known Makonde carver (for example Dastani, Karinto, Anangangola, Kashimiri, Chanuo and many others) the HMC: George Lilanga Collection represents an essential part. The Lilanga collection contains pieces from all work-periods of this internationally admired artist, for example paintings, drawings, etchings, metal-works, sculptures and other works. In the year 2005 the Hamburg Mawingu Collection submitted a systematically work directory directly after the death of George Lilanga. The HMC publications now are supplemented by the new documentation of the Lilanga doors for the destroyed art house in Dar es Salaam / Tanzania.

The HMC has its own research department and initiates and supports art-referential projects in Africa and world-wide.

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