Monday January 13

Nelson Mandela

Where?
Belgravia Gallery
45 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JL
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When?
Until Feb 2
How much?
Free

As well as painting South Africa into the rainbow nation, turns out Madiba was a dab hand with the crayons. In 2002 Nelson Mandela revisited Robben Island with the aim to create artwork inspired by his memories of captivity. The lithographs he created based on that trip, some previously unseen, have been curated by mother-daughter team at Belgravia Gallery alongside iconic photographs of the great man himself. Fresh greens and oranges belie the tortuous memories of those bars and that watchtower. Perhaps most telling is the complete absence of people.¬†And just because it would be wrong to mention Mandela without it, here’s a clip of him dancing.