Frank McEwen bequest to British Museum now online

2nd December 2017

Images of the sculptures bequested by Frank McEwen, OBE, to the British Museum are now online.

The collection includes early works by some of the most significant artists in the Shona sculpture art movement, and we’re sure our collectors will find them fascinating.

Frank McEwen, OBE was the influential first curator of the National Gallery in Salisbury, Rhodesia (1957-1973). He encouraged local artists and brought their work to a worldwide audience, with ground-breaking exhibitions at Musée Rodin and the ICA amongst others. He retired in 1973, due to ill-health caused by continued resistance to his work from his white peers.

Artists included within McEwen’s collection include Sylvester Mubayi, John Takawira, Locardia Ndandarika, Henry Munyaradzi and Bernard Matemera.

Feminine Plant by Godfrey Banadda
portrait photo of Godfrey Banadda

Godfrey’s painting ‘The Last Hope’ was chosen for the Ugandan section of the ground-breaking international exhibition ‘Seven Stories of Modern Art in Africa’ which toured major cities in 1995-1996. Godfrey has been commissioned to produce over 150 portraits and paintings.

See artist's work