Cape Town,

Unveiling of ‘The Mahlangu’ and the Launch of ‘Disrupting Patterns' – a Solo Exhibition by Dr Esther Mahlangu

Dr Esther Mahlangu, the acclaimed South African artist and much-loved cultural ambassador, recently visited One&Only Cape Town and the resort gallery, The Melrose Gallery, to attend a programme of exciting exhibition openings and the unveiling of the 'Mahlangu' Rolls-Royce Phantom.

A disruptor and visionary from an early age, Dr Mahlangu was the first person to reimagine Ndebele design on contemporary mediums and has painted everything from planes, cars, motorbikes and bicycles to skateboard decks, war helmets, canvases and walls in her illustrious career that spans three decades.

Her practice has seen her collaborating with many of the world's leading museums, curators, art fairs, celebrities and global brands. She is considered a national treasure and is a positive role model and inspiration to Africa and has achieved almost pop icon status although remaining firmly grounded in her traditional Ndebele custom.

Demand for Dr Mahlangu's works is at an all-time high and has been fuelled by the increase in interest in African Contemporary Art, Dr Mahlangu's global profile, several exciting collaborations and acquisitions by leading collectors and global brands in 2018 and 2019 and rumours of her upcoming Retrospective Exhibition.

Many experts feel that no important Pan African art collection can be considered complete without one of Dr Mahlangu's artworks.


At 84 years of age, Dr Esther Mahlangu achieves another impressive milestone by becoming the first South African to be commissioned to paint an artwork for a Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Each Phantom is designed with a 'Gallery', a glass box inserted into the dashboard, which allows the owner to personalise their vehicle.

The 'Mahlangu' will be unveiled to the media and some VIPs on 12 February 2020 at The Melrose Gallery Cape Town and can be viewed from 13 to 16 February at One&Only Cape Town.


'Esther Mahlangu - Disrupting Patterns' is a captivating solo exhibition showcasing a strong selection of paintings that explore the bold, geometric, abstract patterns for which she has become so globally acclaimed.

The exhibition opens to the public on 13 February and runs until 31 March 2020. 'Esther Mahlangu - Disrupting Patterns' is a must see of the 2020 art calendar.

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