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.

portrait photo of Brighton Sango

Brighton Sango was the leading light of his generation of Zimbabwean sculptors and was hugely influential: his work expresses emotions in abstract form – he invented cubism all by himself in rural Zimbabwe and the Shona sculpture movement was never the same again.

See artist's work