RECONNECT is a preview to Stroebel's solo exhibition which premiers in March 2013 at the Showcase Gallery in Dubai, this in partnership with the KZNSA Gallery on the occasion of the Dubai Art Fair.

  • 23 October 2012
  • Exhibition Opening



Please join us for the exhibition opening of RECONNECT on Tuesday 23 October at 6pm. The exhibition will be opened by Antony Starkey, Head of Department Fine Art, Durban University of Technology.


In June 2011 Hendrik Stroebel presented his solo exhibition ‘RECOLLECT’ .

The exhibition was composed of large and small scale works that combined ceramic, carved wood, bronze, and what is probably one of the most outstanding embroidery collections produced by a contemporary visual artist in recent years. His ‘free-style’ use of this labour intensive medium took this art form to a new level. Stroebel’s work has a painterly quality where the coloured thread evokes the freshness and immediacy of the painted mark. The content of the work explored the pattern and texture of the Arab and Islamic world. He portrayed the architecture, ancient history and people that so fascinated him on his travels. The artists abiding interest in antiquity is literally woven into the images.


Following an extraordinary journey that led KZNSA Gallery Curator, Bren Brophy to the Middle East, Hendrik will open ‘RECONNECT’ in Durban as a preview to his solo exhibition which premiers in March 2013 at the Showcase Gallery in Dubai, this in partnership with the KZNSA Gallery.


‘RECONNECT’ opens on the occasion of ‘Art Dubai’ - one of the world’s largest contemporary Art Fairs in a region buoyant with the elation associated with the ‘Arab Spring’. Stroebel’s lifelong journey is quite literally returning ‘home’ to the well spring of the artist’s inspiration. The ‘RECOLLECT’ catalogue preamble titled Bigger is not always better (a brief history of time in 30 seconds)’ referred to the notion that taking time to create great beauty becomes subversive. The ‘RECONNECT’ exhibition catalogue preamble is titled ‘Bigger is not always better (a brief history of accidental miracles in 30 seconds)’ and refers to the remarkable sense of providence that led the artist and exhibition curator to the incubation of relationships that will see this Durban artist on a global stage.

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