Malangatana: the legacy of the Mozambican artist

By Virtual Museum of Lusophony

No trilho de Malangatana – do legado à memória by MozambiqueVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Tracing Malangatana’s Footsteps: From Legacy to Memory (2018)

Documentary co-produced by the Communication and Society Research Centre (University of Minho) and Malangatana Valente Ngwenya Foundation.

Matalane: City where Malangatana was born. "The lost Paradise of the artist" by Simone FaresinVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Matalana, the village where Malangatana was born.

Matalane: City where Malangatana was born. "The lost Paradise of the artist" by Simone FaresinVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Malangatana Valente Ngwenya, who became known by his first name, was a multifaceted Mozambican poet and artist. He produced a vast repertoire of work, including drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, murals, poetry and music.

Discovering the artist Malangatana is also learning to know his country, Mozambique. This is because Malangatana is an example of how the figure of the artist can be close to his people, their achievements and their vicissitudes by Simone FaresinVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Matalane: City where Malangatana was born. "The lost Paradise of the artist" by Simone FaresinVirtual Museum of Lusophony

The african culture, such as the fauna and flora, are the artist's main inspirations.

Photographs by Simone Faresin, who were part of the exhibition held on April 6, 2018 at the Nogueira da Silva Museum, in the event entitled “On the Malangatana Trail: From Legacy to Memory” by Simone FaresinVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Throughout his career, Malangatana has exhibited in museums and galleries in several countries in addition to Mozambique and Portugal (Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Chile, Brazil, Angola, Cuba, United States, India...). He has murals in Maputo and in Beira, South Africa, Swaziland, Sweden and Colombia.

Discovering the artist Malangatana is also learning to know his country, Mozambique. This is because Malangatana is an example of how the figure of the artist can be close to his people, their achievements and their vicissitudes by Simone FaresinVirtual Museum of Lusophony

Photographs by Simone Faresin, who were part of the exhibition held on April 6, 2018 at the Nogueira da Silva Museum, in the event entitled “On the Malangatana Trail: From Legacy to Memory” by Simone FaresinVirtual Museum of Lusophony

In addition to being an artist, Malangatana was a politician linked to FRELIMO (Mozambique Liberation Front) and a defender of social and cultural causes. He saw the renewal of his country in children. He was named Artist for Peace (UNESCO), received the Prince Claus award, and was awarded the medal of the Order of Infante D. Henrique, in Portugal.

Photographs by Simone Faresin, who were part of the exhibition held on April 6, 2018 at the Nogueira da Silva Museum, in the event entitled “On the Malangatana Trail: From Legacy to Memory” by Simone FaresinVirtual Museum of Lusophony

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Collection of the Virtual Museum of Lusophony

Photography: Simone Faresin
Production: Lurdes Macedo


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Chabal, P. (1994). Vozes moçambicanas: literatura e nacionalidade. Lisboa: Vega.

Navarro, J. (Org.) (1998). Malangatana (álbum). Lisboa: Caminho.

Macedo, L. (2018). No trilho de Malangatana – do legado à memória: documentário. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.museuvirtualdalusofonia.com/galeria/no-trilho-de-malangatana-do-legado-a-memoria-documentario/

Pereira, F. (1998). Falar de Malangatana, ouvir ecos de Malangatana. In J. Navarro (Org.), Malangatana (álbum). Lisboa: Caminho.

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