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Nigrini masterpiece on show again after 21 years

Posted on 6 August 2015

The Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch has recently re-hung part of it's collection, including Michèle Nigrini's extraordinary Kleursimfonie. This panel installation, comprised of 395 A4 sized paintings, was part of Nigrini's Master's thesis, and was acquired by Dr Anton Rupert in 1993 when he and the Rembrandt Art Collection bought all of the available work on her first solo exhibition: an achievement which brought nationwide attention at the time.

Kleursimfonie was created to illustrate the effect of colours on each other, how the combination of line, color and form trigger each other, using exquisitely detailed flower compositions as the focal point.

Following his purchase, Dr Rupert allowed Nigrini to travel with the panel for a year, giving talks on colour theories and strategies. It was also exhibited at the Pretoria Art Museum alongside the works of Maud Sumner, in an exhibition entitled 'Two Women: Maud Sumner and Michèle Nigrini'. Once it was returned to the collection, it was put into storage as there was never a space large enough for it to be on permanent display.

Two weeks ago, the storage boxes were opened for the first time in 21 years and hung, together with a number of other works of acclaimed South African artists from what has been described as 'the premier collection of contemporary South African art'.

Nigrini has pursued her career as an artist, and her work is contained in a number of important public and private collections. In 2013, she was the only South African artist invited to exhibit at the London Biennale, where she achieved a certificate of merit. Her latest exhibition, Mood Swing with Marinda du Toit, runs at the Tina Skukan Gallery in Pretoria from 16 August - 17 September 2015.

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