Marikana painting back on display
Organisers of the JHB Art Fair will put the controversial painting back on display.
JOHANNESBURG - The organisers of the Joburg Art Fair have put the controversial painting by Ayanda Mabulu back on display.
The painting, which depicts President Jacob Zuma standing on a Marikana mineworker's head, was first censored by the art fair to avoid attracting controversy and divert attention from other artists' work.
Artlogic Director Ross Douglas says the decision to put it back up was taken on Friday night.
"We made a decision that opening night wasn't the best time to show the work, we communicated that to the gallery and the gallery took the work down. Obviously the exact opposite of what we intended happened; the artist used the opportunity to gather publicity, which is fine and we have no issue with that. This has obviously benefited him, he has now sold the work."
The painting has been sold but will be on display until Sunday.