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Manfred Zylla - Collectors Studio Visit

Erdmann Contemporary
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A unique opportunity for Collectors to meet the artist Manfred Zylla and browse through works in his studio which includes material produced from the 1960's to the present. This studio visit is hosted by Erdmann Contemporary and entry is free, but RSVP is required. Note that numbers are limited and visitors should contact the gallery for further details.

About Manfred Zylla:
Born 1 February, 1939 in Augsburg, Germany, Manfred Zylla grew up in a characteristic family alongside his older brother, Eckhard, and his deaf parents, Paul and Erika, painter and watercolour hobbyist. Raised in a community that received no sympathy from Nazi Germany, Manfred experienced relentless discrimination throughout his adolescence which he directed to act as a pivotal voice to support the recognition of disabled people’s rights. Having been born the same year World War II began, this activist spirit developed throughout Manfred´s life as he budded from adolescence into early adulthood, becoming increasingly politically involved and heavily influenced by poetry, music and playwrights such as Bertolt Brecht. These insights and his early-bred opposition to war lead Zylla to believe in pacifism, the same belief that he experienced on his move to the melting-pot culture of Munich in 1968 where he witnessed revolution in motion by student uprisings and brutal retaliation by police. These experiences deeply affected him and were heightened when he observed the merciless apartheid events occurring on his travels to South Africa. Manfred reacted to these injustices across various media from sketching to painting to printmaking and woodcuts. Inter-action, (1982) being one of his most unconventional exhibitions shattered traditional barriers between viewer and artist, as participants were encouraged to interact with the highly political works of art by adding their own artistic touch. This novel act brought his work into the world of resistant art, an active movement during that period in South Africa. Manfred continued to work in South Africa exhibiting works imbued with injustices of apartheid, unsettling inequalities that he transformed into art to facilitate change. He was no longer an onlooker, but an activist. He travelled with this mindset to tackle global issues such as capitalism and its detrimental relationship to the environment, yet always ensured to participate in Anti-apartheid movements in Europe. Over 50 years, the storyline of his work has changed each new project presenting new challenges, but rather than be defined by a particular style, Manfred’s work is forever evolving and his work as a resistance artist is far from over.