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Past Exhibitions

View Motherhood Motherhood
26 June 2017 TO 19 November 2017

Paying tribute to mothers everywhere, this exhibition explores the theme of motherhood through artworks selected from the Art Museum’s permanent collection.  The exhibition contains artworks which depict the beauty and joy of motherhoo...
View Pemba Pemba
18 July 2017 TO 06 October 2017

To celebrate the donation of three George Mnyaluza Milwa PEMBA oil paintings to the permanent collection of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, an exhibition showcasing the museum’s existing collection alongside the new...
View Palladio and the Modern Palladio and the Modern
17 August 2017 TO 15 September 2017
    
First year students of the School of Architecture traveling exhibition 

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View Art Museum is a meeting place Art Museum is a meeting place
21 May 2017 TO 11 August 2017

The exhibition pays tribute to the role of the art museum as a conduit for people, art and ideas to meet. 

View The power of drawing The power of drawing
21 February 2017 TO 14 July 2017
We all doodle, in meetings, while on the phone or when we are stuck on a question or assignment.   For artists this doodling or drawing is a critical part of the creative process.   Sketching and drawing are considered the primary medium through which artists...
View Remembering the SS Mendi Remembering the SS Mendi
20 February 2017 TO 08 June 2017


On the 100th year anniversary of the tragic sinking of the SS Mendi, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum will open an exhibition of over 200 sketches culminating in an oil triptych produced by local Eastern Cape artist Hillary Graham. This re...
View The Vibrant City The Vibrant City
12 September 2016 TO 28 April 2017
See the city through the eyes of artists; this exhibition will contain artworks from the Art Museum’s permanent collection that depict Nelson Mandela Bay. 

The exhibition explor...
View Just Painting Just Painting
07 December 2016 TO 03 February 2017
The Friends of the Art Museum in conjunction with the NMM Art Museum presented an exhibition celebrating artistic excellence in the Eastern Cape. Local artists from across the Eastern Cape were invited to make and submit work to this exhibition.&nbs...
View Beauty is all around us Beauty is all around us
10 October 2016 TO 24 November 2016
Looking at how artists draw inspiration from nature this exhibition of works from the permanent collection will display artwork that celebrates our natural heritage. 

Paintings,...
View YEYETHU SONKE: This belongs to all of us, Highlights of the Collection YEYETHU SONKE: This belongs to all of us, Highlights of the Collection
22 June 2016 TO 30 September 2016

Celebrating 60 years of collecting

 This exhibition comprises a selection of artworks that represent important milestones in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum’s permanent collection.

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View Mohau Modisakeng: LEFA LA NTATE Mohau Modisakeng: LEFA LA NTATE
27 July 2016 TO 02 September 2016

Mohau Modisakeng is the recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Arts 2016 award.  

His photography, films and installation grapple with the conflicting politics of leadership and nationhood, whilst also a...
View Transforming the Collection Transforming the Collection
07 March 2016 TO 15 June 2016
The role that the Art Museum played during Apartheid to promote non-white art and culture. From the Art Museum's Permanent Collection.

View Cultural Boycott to Pan African Dream Cultural Boycott to Pan African Dream
16 March 2016 TO 05 June 2016
During Apartheid many artists engaged with politics using art as a medium for protest against the then government. Art continues to play a vital role in the social development of the New South Africa. This exhibition explores the important role that artists played as the social conscious of t...
View Elevating the object Elevating the object
07 December 2015 TO 06 March 2016

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum has one of the country’s noteworthy collections of craft. This exhibition will celebrate the museum’s commitment to elevating craft objects into the realm of art. A selection of objects from the Museum’s collection of ceramics, Chinese and other textil...

View Building the Collection Building the Collection
09 November 2015 TO 04 March 2016

 

Reflecting on the early development of the Art Museum’s collection, this exhibition will be selected from works acq...

View 60 Benefactors 60 Benefactors
11 November 2015 TO 26 February 2016

A tribute to important members of the community, organisations and art collectors who donated significant works to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan ...

View In the Beginning ... In the Beginning ...
14 October 2015 TO 29 November 2015

Works acquired by the city prior to the opening of the Art Museum including a special display in tribute of Victor Jones, a prominent Architect who donated numerous artworks and bequeathed money towards the development of the Art Museum in Port Elizabeth.


Background: On 22 Jun...

View In the beginning: The early art scene and the Eastern Province Society of the Arts In the beginning: The early art scene and the Eastern Province Society of the Arts
14 October 2015 TO 04 November 2015

A tribute to the early Port Elizabeth art community. Prominent artist’s works on display include Dorothy Kay and Pickford Marriot.

Background: On 22 June 2016 the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum will have inspired art lovers for 60 years. To comme...
View 60 Years of Collecting:  Launch of the 60th Anniversary Programme 60 Years of Collecting: Launch of the 60th Anniversary Programme
14 October 2015 TO 01 November 2015

Images from the Art Museum’s photographic a...

View Woman's month Woman's month
14 August 2015 TO 13 September 2015

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum is celebrating Woman’s Month ...

View Standard Bank Young Artist Award Exhibition 2015: Kemang Wa Lehulere, History Will Break Your Heart Standard Bank Young Artist Award Exhibition 2015: Kemang Wa Lehulere, History Will Break Your Heart
28 July 2015 TO 06 September 2015

 

This year’s prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art was awarded to Kemang Wa Lehulere. This annual award includes sponsorships towar...

View Celebrating the Baakens Valley Celebrating the Baakens Valley
18 May 2015 TO 31 July 2015
 

The Baakens Valley is a unique natural resource which has

View Fabric of Existence Fabric of Existence
05 February 2015 TO 24 July 2015
From delicate embroidered scenes on Chinese textiles to tapestries of Zulu warriors, beaded Southern Nguni garments with coded messages and a large pot made out of animal hide, each work tells its own ...
View Song and Dance Song and Dance
28 February 2015 TO 19 July 2015

A celebration of music and dance through fine art; works on display include the Skapu player by Anton Van Wouw alongside a Japanese woodcut prin...

View Who’s Who and What’s New? Who’s Who and What’s New?
02 April 2015 TO 03 May 2015

This unselected community exhibition is run annually by the Art Museum. From students to both amateur and established artists, this exhibition is a showcase of current art in the Bay.

This group exhibition is designed to celebrate and promote the di...

View Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennial Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennial
29 October 2014 TO 22 February 2015

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennial is the Eastern Cape’s most prestigious art exhibition. Over the last seven years this selected exhibition and award has promoted thirty-five top es...
View Lithuba Lakho (This is your Opportunity) Lithuba Lakho (This is your Opportunity)
12 December 2014 TO 18 January 2015

Top crafters working in the Eastern Cape Province were invited to enter their best products for this inaugural craft competition and exhibition. This project is designed to promote top export quality craft from a diverse range of disciplines and has been initiated by the Eastern Cape Developmen...

View LIVING LEGEND EXHIBITION LIVING LEGEND EXHIBITION
17 December 2014 TO 18 January 2015

The Municipality led by the Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture Directorate has launched the Nelson Mandela Bay Legacy Programme which will see a series of community events and activities being held throughout the Bay over the next year.

 

Branded as "Nelson Mandela Bay...

View Our City Our City
11 October 2014 TO 03 December 2014


The Baakens Valley is a unique natural resource within Nelson Mandela Bay. Selected artworks show past and present scenes of the valley, the harbour and surrounds. Included on show are works by 19th centu...

View Reflections Reflections
28 June 2014 TO 12 October 2014

Art is often described as a mirror on the world. Reflections can...
View South African Studio Ceramics South African Studio Ceramics
13 September 2014 TO 12 October 2014

In the contemporary world of mass production, studio ceramics are a reminder of the magic inherent in hand-crafte...
View For Future Generations For Future Generations
03 April 2014 TO 28 September 2014
 
Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music (ILAM)
View UNREST UNREST
24 July 2014 TO 31 August 2014

The 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for visual arts has been given to Hasan and Husain Essop. 

Their work draws from everyday life and deals with themes related to community, religion and popular culture.

View Connections Connections
12 May 2014 TO 17 July 2014

A fun and interesting mind map of the connections that exist between art works in the Art Museum’s Permanent Collectio...

View Journeys Journeys
28 May 2014 TO 15 June 2014

A passage through time, moving places or spaces, adapting, changing, metamorphosing, these themes as they relate to the idea of a journey wi...
View Legacy Legacy
05 March 2014 TO 04 May 2014

Legacy (David Walters and Friends):

Tribute to Juliet Armstrong

David Walters and ‘Friends’ arranged ...

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