Simphiwe Ndzube, The Bloom of the Corpse Flower, 2020. Acrylic paint on canvas and mixed media; 94-1/2 x 79 in. Denver Art Museum: Funds from the Contemporary Collectors’ Circle with additional support from Vicki and Kent Logan, Catherine Dews Edwards and Philip Edwards, Craig Ponzio, Ellen and Morris Susman, and Bryon Adinoff and Trish Holland, 2021.37. © Simphiwe Ndzube. Courtesy of the Artist and Nicodim Gallery. Photo by Marten Elder.

Simphiwe Ndzube

Oracles of the Pink Universe

Simphiwe Ndzube, The Bloom of the Corpse Flower, 2020. Acrylic paint on canvas and mixed media; 94-1/2 x 79 in. Denver Art Museum: Funds from the Contemporary Collectors’ Circle with additional support from Vicki and Kent Logan, Catherine Dews Edwards and Philip Edwards, Craig Ponzio, Ellen and Morris Susman, and Bryon Adinoff and Trish Holland, 2021.37. © Simphiwe Ndzube. Courtesy of the Artist and Nicodim Gallery. Photo by Marten Elder.

Simphiwe Ndzube, The Bloom of the Corpse Flower, 2020. Acrylic paint on canvas and mixed media; 95 x 79 in. Denver Art Museum: Funds from the Contemporary Collectors’ Circle with additional support from Vicki and Kent Logan, Catherine Dews Edwards and Philip Edwards, Craig Ponzio, Ellen and Morris Susman, and Bryon Adinoff and Trish Holland, 2021.37. © Simphiwe Ndzube. Courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery. Photo by Marten Elder.

Simphiwe Ndzube, Assertion of Will, 2020. Mixed media on canvas; 79 x 124 in. (200.6 x 315 cm). © Simphiwe Ndzube. Image courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery. Photo by Marten Elder.

Simphiwe Ndzube, Iqhawe, 2020. Mixed media on canvas; 76.5 x 112 in. (194.3 x 284.5 cm). © Simphiwe Ndzube. Image courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery. Photo by Marten Elder.

Simphiwe Ndzube, Nguni Landing, 2021. Metal, polyurethane resins, epoxy sculpt, wire, padding, acrylic paint, synthetic fabrics and hair, found clothes, thread; 51 x 32 x 115 in. (129.5 x 81.3 x 292.1 cm). © Simphiwe Ndzube. Image courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery. Photo by Marten Elder.

Simphiwe Ndzube, Whispering Landscape, 2020. Mixed media on canvas; 74 x 60 in. (188 x 152.4 cm). © Simphiwe Ndzube. Image courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery. Photo by Marten Elder

Photo of Simphiwe Ndzube by Christie Hayden. © Simphiwe Ndzube. Image courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery.

Photo of Simphiwe Ndzube in his studio by Christie Hayden. © Simphiwe Ndzube. Image courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery.

Photo of Simphiwe Ndzube in his studio by Christie Hayden. © Simphiwe Ndzube. Image courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery.

Pink is a color rarely found in nature… in a fictionalized natural space, [it] awakens and politely shocks the viewer into attention.

– Simphiwe Ndzube

Videos

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Publications

This illustrated companion to Oracles of the Pink Universe explores Simphiwe Ndzube’s practice of unpacking difficult South African histories through mythological narratives. The works inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights (1490-1510) depict a theatrical space where heaven, earth, and hell intersect. The catalog is available to purchase at the DAM's Shop or online.

Access Guide

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Simphiwe Ndzube: Oracles of the Pink Universe is organized by Simphiwe Ndzube and the DAM. It is presented with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan and the Birnbaum Social Discourse Project. Additional support is provided by the Hasday Family Trust, the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine and CBS4.