Zwelethu Mthethwa



He was born in Durban, South Africa in 1960.



2010 Zwelethu Mthethwa. Galería Oliva Arauna, Madrid. Spain.

2010 Inner Views Studio Museum, Harlem. New York. USA

2010 Is it our goal? And Other Related Issues. Jellicoe. Johannesburg. South Africa.

2010 Zwelethu Mthethwa. Iart Gallery. Cape Town. South Africa

2009 Zwelethu Mthethwa. Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. USA

2007 Maidens and Dance of Life. Galerie Christine Koening, Vienna. Switzerland

2007 Recent Work, Interior and Sugarcane Series. Galería Oliva Arauna, Madrid. Spain

2006 Maidens. Gallery Hengevoss-Durkop, Hamburg, Germany

2005 Ticket to the Other Side Gallery Hengevoss-Durkop, Hamburg, Germany

2005 Women in Private Spaces. Andrehn-Schiptjenko Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2004 Harvesting Workers. Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. USA

2004 Lines of Negotiation. Galería Jack Shainman, New York, USA

2004 New Works. Association for visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa

2003 Hamburg Kunsthalle, Galerie der Gegenwart Hamburg, Germany

2003 Interior portraits: Zwelethu Mthethwa Photographs. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

2003 New Works. Galería Jack Shainman, New York. USA

2002 Galerie Hengevos, Hamburg, Germany

2002 Marco Noire Contemporary Art, San Sebastiano, Italy

2002 Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

2001 Centre national de la photographie, Paris France

2001 Galerie Jensen, Hamburg, Germany

2001 Mother & Child, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, San Sebastiano, Italy

2001 Private Spaces. Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Art-World dialogue, Ludwig Museum, Koln , Germany

2000 Biennale e  de fotografía de Rótterdam, Rótterdam, Holanda

2000 Galería Jack Shainman, New York, USA

2000 Paris Pour Escale. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

2000 Rebirth, Project Room", FIAC Paris, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Paris, France

2000 Sacred Homes. Galería Oliva Arauna, Madrid, Spain

2000 Sacred Homes - Mother & Child. Palazzo Della Esposizioni, Roma, Italy

Galerie Hengevoss & Jensen, Hamburg, Germany

1999 Galerie Hengevoss & Jensen, Trienal de fotografía, Hamburg, Germany

1999 Project Room, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, ARCO, Madrid, Spain.

1999 Project Room, Art Koln, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, Cologne, Germany

1999 Towards-transit. Zurich, Switzerland

1998 Galería Goodman, Johannesburg, South Africa

1998 Marco Noire Contemporary Art, San Sebastiano, Italy

Galería Kohn Turner, Los Ángeles, USA

1993 Galería de Lyons, Cape Town, South Africa

1992 Galería de Lyons, Cape Town. South Africa

1991 African Arts Center, Durban, South Africa.

1991 S.A. Association of Arts, Cape Town, South Africa

1987 College Union, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. USA

1986 S.A Association of Arts, Cape Town, South Africa





2010 Africa Objetos y Sujetos Centro Cultural Cajastur. Oviedo Spain

2010 Km 89 Colección CGAC. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo. Vigo. Spain

2010 8Fotografías 4 continentes. Hotel París Diputación de Huelva Festival de Fotografía de Huelva, Huelva. Spain

Existencias .Musac. Leon

2007 Defining Moments in Photograph from the MCA Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA

2006 Black, Brown & White. Kunsthalle Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2006 Black Panther Rank and File. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, USA

2006 Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography International Center of Photography, New York, USA

2006 The Living is Easy: International Contemporary Photography. Flowers East Gallery, London, UK

2006 The Whole World is Rotten. Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

2005 A Passion for Pictures. North Carolina Museum of Art, Carolina del Norte, USA

2005 Biennale e  de Venecia, The Experience of Art, Venice, Italy

2005 Earth and Memory: African and African-American Photograph. Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Presbyterian College, Clinton, Carolina del Norte, USA

2005 Green to Green and Beyond. Gallery W 52, New York, USA

2005 Imprints: Works on paper. Axis Gallery, New York, USA

2005 New Work / New Acquisitions. Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

2005 The Forest. Politics, Poetics, and Practice. The Nasher Museum at Duke University, Carolina del Norte, USA

2005 The Whole World is Rotten: Free Radicals and the Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe. Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA

2004 African Art, African Voices. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Filadelfia, USA

2004 Africa Remix. Zeitgenossische Kunst eines Kontinents. itinerante por Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany; Hayward Gallery, London, UK; Centro Pompidou, París, France; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Japan

2004 Biennale e  de Gwangju, South Korea

2004 Biennale e  de Sao Paulo Sau Paulo, Brazil

2004 Common Ground, Discovering Community in 150 Years of Art. Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington DC, USA

2004 Tama University Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2004 Where? Clifford Chance Projects, New York, USA

2003 8ª Biennale e  de La Habana, Cuba

2003 Biennale e  de Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

2003 Biennale e  de Praga, Prague, Czech Republic

2003 Body and the Archive Artists Space, New York, USA

2003 Portraiture (Every Picture Tells A Story) Solomon Projects, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

2003 Strangers: The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video Centro Internacional de Fotografía, New York, USA

2003 The Gift: Generous Offerings, Threatening Hospitality. itinerante por Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York, USA; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, Nuevacelanda; Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Centro Cultural de Maia, O’Porto, Portugal

Cultural Crossing Numark Gallery, Washington DC, USA

Dis/location Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain

2002 Exposición colectiva, Marco Noire Contemporary Art, San Sebastiano, Italy

2002 Fuoriuso Ferrotel, Pescara, Italy

2002 In Situ – Portraits of People at Home Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, Virginia, USA

2002 New Acquisitions/ New Works/ New Directions 3: Contemporary Selections Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, USA

2002 Overnight to Many Cities: Tourism and Travel at Home and Away The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK

2002 South Africa: la pittura, la fotographia, il cinema Centro “Trevi,” Bolzano, Italy

2002 Shopping: Art and Consumer Culture itinerante por Schrin Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany; Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

2002 Staging Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, Misouri, USA

2002 Tracing the Rainbow itinerante por Kunst Raum Sylt-Quelle, Germany; Kulturverein Zehntscheuer, Roteburgo, Germany

2002 Untitled Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Africa 2000: The Artist and the City. Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Africa Today Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

A Passion for Art: The Disaronno Originale Photography Collection”, itinerante por Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, USA; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, USA; University of California, Berkeley, Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California, USA.

2001 Boomerang: Collector’s Choice Exit Art, New York, USA

2001 Centro de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

2001 Frankfurtkunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany

2001 I Love NY Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA

2001 Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2001 Overnight to Many Cities: Travel and Tourism at Home and Away. 303 Gallery, New York, USA

2001 Paris pour escale. Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

2001 Storie Contemporanee. Museo Cívico de Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy

2001 The Gift, Generous Offerings, Threatening Hospitality. Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy, itinerante por Palazzo Candiolo, Venecia, Italy; San Francisco, California, USA; Scottsdale Museum of Art, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

2001 The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994. Itinerante por Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany; Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Martin-Gropius-Bau, Bélgica; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, USA; P.S. 1 Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, USA

2001 TRADE – Wares, ways and values in world trade today. itinerante por Fotomuseum Wintherthur, Wintherthur, Germany; Nederlands Foto Institut, Rotterdam, Países Bajos

2000 A3HB, Hans Bogatske Collection of Contemporary Art, Camouflage, Brussels, Belgium

2000 A.R.E.A. 2000. Kjarvaisstadir, Reykjavik, Iceland

2000 Arts & Human Rights Kwangju International Biennale e, Seoul, South Korea

2000 Biennale e  de Dakar, Dakar, Senegal

2000 Biennale e  de Fotografía de Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Holland

2000 Cream II, 10 directors converse on the Internet. New York, USA

2000 Dire Aids-Say Aids Torino, Italy.

2000 Five artists having fun . Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia

2000 Home. Perth International Arts festival, Art Gallery of Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, Australia

2000 Kunsthalle Bern, Berna, Switzerland.

2000 Mirades Impúdiques. Fundación La Caixa, Barcelona. Spain.

2000 Mostra Africana de Arte Contemporanea. Video Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2000 Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

2000 Paris pour Escale. Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

2000 Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival, Pusan, South Korea.

2000 Simultaneous Galería Jack Shainman, New York, USA

2000 South meets West Kunsthalle Berna, Switzerland

Camouflage. Hans Bogatzke Collection of Contemporary African Art, Brussels, Belgium.

Fondazione Bevilacqua (con Shirin Neshat),Venice, Italy

Goteborgs Kunstmuseum, Goteborg, Sweden.

1999 Il sentimento del 2000. Trienal de Milan-Photomedia Europe 1999, Milan, Italy

1999 Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa" Museum for African Art, New York, USA, itinerant for USA

1999 PhotoSpain 99: Images for dignity, Madrid, Spain

1999 Project Conflux. Tendaces Mikado, Luxemburg

1999 Rewind fast forward. Za. Van Reekum Museum in Apeldoorn, Netherlands

1999 Site Santa Fe: Looking for a place Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

1999 South meets West. The National Museum Accra, Accra, Ghana, intinerant for Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland

1999 Staking Claims. The Granary – parte del One City Many Cultures Festival, Cape Town, South Africa

1999 Toward- Transit New visual languages in South Africa. Pro Helvetia Art Council of Switzerland, Zurich, Switzerland

1998 AHistory of African Photography. La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France.

1998 Africa, Africa Tobu Museum, Tokyo, Japan.

1998 Africa by Africa. Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, London, UK.

1998 Architecture, apartheid and after Van Reekum Museum, Rotterdam, Amsterdam

1998 Awakening Centro para estudios curatoriales, Bard Collegue, Annandale-on-Houston, New York, USA

1998 Biennale e  de Dakar, Senegal.

1998 Blank… State of Architecture + Urban planning in South Africa.The Dutch Institute of Architecture, intinerant for Europe during 1999 and for South Africa in 2000  

1998 Democracy’s Images photographs and visual art after apartheid. Bild Museum, Sweden.

1998 Houston Photo Festival, Houston, Texas, USA

1998 The Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Sasol Art Collection.

1998 Yesterday Begins Tomorrow: Ideals, Dreams, and the Contemporary Awakening. Center for Curatorial Students. Bard Collegue, Annandale-on-Houston, New York, USA

1997 Association for Visual Arts, CRAM, Cape Town, South Africa.

1997 La  Boheme: Noir. Primart  Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

1997 Lift Off. Goodman Gallery, Johannesburgo, South Africa.

1997 National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway.

1997 Photo Syntesis-Contemporary South African PhotographyGrahamstown Art Festival. South Africa

1997 Trade Routes: History and Geography. Biennale e of Johannesburg, EletricWorkshop, Gauteng, South Africa

Adelson Gallery, Nueva Cork, USA

Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa.

1995 Africa 95.Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK y Dusseldorf, Germany.

1995 Artists for Peace ’95 Palais des Nations (UN of Geneva) and intinerant for Geneva, Switzerland and Dusseldorf, Germany

1995 Crosscorrents. Very Special Arts Gallery, Washington D.C., USA

1995 Johannesburg Biennale , Johannesburg, South Africa.

1995 S.A. Association of Arts-3 Person Show, Cape Town, South Africa.

1995 World Economic Forum Group Show, Davos, Switzerland.

1994 CrosscurrentsS.A.artist group show, Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida, USA

1994 S.A. artists, Ottobrunn, Germany.

Abidjan Biennale e, Costa de Marfil

1993 Biennale e of Illustration. Bratislava, Slovakia

1993 Grand Prix International d'Arts Plastiques.International Visual Arts, Nice, France.

1992 Colective Exhibition of South African and Singaporian artists, Singapore

1991 Daljosafat Arts Centre, Paarl, South Africa.

1991 S.A. Association of Arts, Cape Town, South Africa

NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa.

1989 Memorial Art Museum, Rochester, New York, USA

Bethune Gallery, S.U.N.Y., Buffalo, New York, USA

Rainbow Gallery, S.U.N.Y., Brockport, New York, USA

Elisabeth Sneddon Theatre, Universidad de Natal, Durban, South Africa.

1986 S.A. Association of Arts, Cape Town, South Africa.

1985 Michaelis Gallery, Universidad de Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa





Deutsche Bank Collection

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, MUSAC

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

The New Museum, New York, NY

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC

Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa

Mary and Leigh Block Gallery, North Western University

University of South Africa

Durban Art Gallery

Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg

University of the Witwatersrand

South African Embassy, Washington D.C.

Durban, Cape Town, New York, Sasol

Cape Department of Education Trust

Arco Foundation, Madrid

Gilbey's Ltd.

Metropolitan Life

South African Breweries

Old Mutual

Gencor S.A. Ltd.

Transnet Ltd.


Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa

S.A. Reserve Bank


Rand Merchant Bank

Wooltru, Cape Town, South Africa

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University

Bouwond Art Collection, Netherlands

Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

LaSalle Bank, Chicago, IL

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Madrid, Spain

Progressive Corporate Art Collection, Mayfield Village, OH

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

Daimler Chrysler Collection, Germany

Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC

Boland Bank, South Africa

PKS, South Africa

Siemans Ltd, South Africa

ABSA Bank, South Africa

MTN Collection, South Africa

Vodacom Collection, South Africa

JSE- Stock Exchange, South Africa

Stellenbosch University Africa, South Africa

Samuel Harn Museum, Miami

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

Absolut Collection, Sweden

Ministere Culture Communication, France

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, MUSAC


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