Online exhibition launched

True priorities

18 April 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Martina von Wenzel; Fine Art Gallery; “The works here reward the more time one gives them…”

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The Fine Art Gallery has been working to lift the spirits of art fans under quarantine and lockdown, by presenting art lovers with a new exhibition online.

“The world may be in lockdown, but self-isolation doesn't mean we have to stop experiencing art. Despite Covid-19 closures, Fine Art Gallery is finding new ways to go viral and is presenting exhibitions online to spread some timely comfort and unity,” said gallery owner, Martina von Wenzel.

The Swakopmund-based gallery’s online exhibition Nostalgia and the Turbulence of Times, features various artists including Annette Kamfer, Aurelia Sieberhagen, Otto Klar, Anita Roux, Pierre van der Westhuizen and Paul Birchall.

The exhibition concept via daily uploads, focuses on how art has the ability to challenge our valuation of time.

“Nostalgia inevitably reappears as a defense mechanism in a time of accelerated rhythms of life and historical upheavals. While nostalgia mourns distances and disjuncture between times and spaces, never bridging them, technology offers solutions and builds bridges, saving the time that the nostalgic loves to waste,” said Von Wenzel.

“The works here reward the more time one gives to them, and finally might, in their challenge to pure spectacle, allow us to choose what we want from our lived time,” she added.

The exhibition consists of architectural and landscape creations of oil paintings on board, canvas as well as water colour paintings and pastels of well-known places in Swakopmund and its surrounding areas.

According to Von Wenzel, a global pandemic like Covid-19 sometimes provides people including artists, to look within themselves to find a deeper introspection on what their true priorities are.

“Sometimes it takes a crisis to shake us from our daily routine and push us to choose a better path.”

Chillin’

Earlier on Saturday, the Fine Art Gallery also had another online launch of an exhibition titled Chillin’ with the Stars.

The exhibition contains retrospective paintings of Susan Mitchinson dated from 1953 to 2014. People play a big role in Mitchinson’s art. Her motifs are presented in different moods, in passion, tension and serenity. Aside from black and white, she uses fiery red, navy blue, and purple in her paintings.

“Mitchinson believed that through the beauty of the art we can be reminded of our humanness and be a hope for the future. Her legacy lives on.”

Both exhibitions can be viewed by visiting https://www.facebook.com/fineartgallerynamibia

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