Mhiripiri Art Gallery is a cultural oasis, an aesthetic feast with rows and rows of surreal beauty upon which to gaze. As thoughts turn to Christmas and Kwaanza, this is an ideal place to go for thoughtful gift-giving. Mhiripiri Art Gallery is a cultural oasis, an aesthetic feast with rows and rows of surreal beauty upon which to gaze. As thoughts turn to Christmas and Kwaanza, this is an ideal place to go for thoughtful gift-giving. There are masks and wooden statues from Cameroon, Nigeria and Mali, Gabon and Ivory Coast. The emphasis is Shona sculpture in serpentine and verdite stone by artists who are from and who live in Zimbabwe. Some of them have achieved worldwide fame. The Institute of Contemporary Art in London and New York’s Museum of Modern Art are among he internationally prominent spaces which show Shona sculptures.
Owner and proprietor Rex Mhiripiri, himself a painter, has in this gallery, one of the largest collections of Zimbabwe sculpture in the world outside Zimbabwe, including an exquisite sampling of semi-precious, very rare verdite serpentine stone. Exhibiting at the gallery through Dec. 31 is "Gallery Artists with Paintings by Rex Mhiripiri". Upcoming is "The Works of David Mushonga" which opens Jan. 1 and is expected to last for months. Mhiripiri describes Mushonga's work as "very unique. He's very stark, very strong." Rex Mhiripiri took time from his day to speak with Insight News at his shop.
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Black people talk of pride all the time. They want to be proud of themselves. You would think that Black Americans would wake up to the fact that we are here with this gallery, which when they look, they can feel proud that Africa has fine things to offer. And that this is one of the most unique galleries in the world, not just in the Twin Cities.