Murals reflect on Mozambique’s Civil War
The Associação Núcleo de Arte is the oldest collective of artists in Mozambique. Seated in an old villa in the centre of Maputo, the Capital of Mozambique, the Centre has played a significant role in metropolitan cultural life for decades. Over one hundred painters, sculptors and ceramists are member of the Núcleo, which regularly stages exhibitions on its own premises and over the last few years has actively participated in exchanges with artists from abroad.
The Núcleo has always been in the centre of social life. Members were involved in the 11 years’ war of independence led by Frelimo. After independence had been achieved, they travelled the country to paint murals. The murals, sometimes done in co-operation with Chilean exiles, students and co-operantes, became world-famous. During a number of years -until 1985- Malangatana held several high positions in the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.