Simphiwe Ndzube, The Bloom of the Corpse Flower, 2020. Acrylic paint on canvas and mixed media; 94-1/2 x 79 in. ©Simphiwe Ndzube. Image courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery. Photo by Christie Hayden. Denver Art Museum purchase consideration, with funds from the Contemporary Collectors' Circle.

Aventura por el Universo Rosa

Inspirado por Simphiwe Ndzube

Simphiwe Ndzube, The Bloom of the Corpse Flower, 2020. Acrylic paint on canvas and mixed media; 94-1/2 x 79 in. ©Simphiwe Ndzube. Image courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery. Photo by Christie Hayden. Denver Art Museum purchase consideration, with funds from the Contemporary Collectors' Circle.

Universo Rosa

South African artist Simphiwe Ndzube’s first U.S. solo museum exhibition, Simphiwe Ndzube: Oracles of the Pink Universe, presents nine new works exploring the interplay between magical realism and history. Magical realism infuses reality with elements of the fantastical and was first utilized by artists in Latin America.

The exhibition integrates themes related to power, conflict, and the search for freedom through the Pink Universe. The Pink Universe is an imaginative world that combines fantasy with the history of Ndzube’s post-apartheid South Africa.

Miremos juntos

How do artists combine fantastical elements and reality? Consider how imagination transforms even the most ordinary environments with this book and art pairing. Compare how Ndzube combines fantasy and history in his art with how author Carson Ellis combines fantasy and reality in the children’s book Du Iz Tak?

Un collage infantil hecho de tela, papel, cartón, hojas e hilo. Parece una escena de cascada.
Título de la obra de arte: Havasu Falls
Nombre: Natalia

Inspirémonos para crear juntos

Simphiwe Ndzube often collaged photos into many of his figures and creatures. Using this same method of collage, bring your own imagined universe to reality.

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Du Iz Tak?

Autor: Carson Ellis
Du iz tak? invita a los lectores a imaginar las posibilidades dramáticas que se encuentran incluso en el patio más sencillo. La obra de la escritora Carsen Ellis también se inspira en la historia del arte y el misticismo.
Un collage infantil hecho de tela, papel, cartón, hojas e hilo. Parece una escena de cascada.
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Crea tu propio universo

Inspirado por Simphiwe Ndzube, El Florecimiento de la Flor Cadáver
¿Qué pasaría si pudieras crear tu propio universo? Ndzube incorpora colajes de fotos de sus propias manos y ojos (y a veces las de los ojos de sus amigos) en muchas de sus figuras y criaturas. Haz tu propio colaje (una obra de arte creada pegando varios materiales como fotografías, papel o tela sobre una superficie) para construir un universo imaginado.
Four kids posing in makeshift Samurai suit and armor
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The Art of the Samurai

Suit of Armor and Helmet is a unique object in our collection that looks functional but was actually made in admiration of Samurai’s of the past. Take a closer look at how this suit of armor balances delicate details and symbols of fierceness and consider what faithfulness, loyalty, and dedication might have meant in 18th century Japan.
Young boy pointing at a painting
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Stepping Back in Time

Inspirado por El siglo XIX en el arte europeo y norteamericano
Celebremos las obras de arte de la colección del museo de artistas como Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Willard Leroy Metcalf, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Childe Hassam y otros que narran una historia sobre una época compleja en Europa y en los Estados Unidos.