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"The Challenge of the Tie: Artists from Croatia and Africa Create Images Based on Neckwear"
2005-04-17 until 2005-04-28
gordart Gallery
Johannesburg, , ZA South Africa

The Republic of Croatia is launching the third leg of its international art exhibition The Challenge of the Tie in South Africa during April. The Challenge of the Tie is part of a cultural journey that serves to promote cultural linkages between Croatia and other states while at the same time promoting one of the most famous Croatian symbols, the tie, which originated in Croatia. The project is the integral part of the existing Cultural Cooperation Agreement between the governments of the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of South Africa.

The tie is the dominant theme of an art collection that was launched at the Eduardo Villa Museum at the University of Pretoria on 6th April by H.E. Dr M. Zupanic, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to South Africa. The exhibition travels to the gordart Gallery, 78 3rd Street, Melville, Johannesburg, from 17 to 28 April. 

The art exhibition, that features unique works of art with the tie as the central theme, will travel to cultural centres in at least 20 countries around the globe over the next few years  and the exhibits by African artists from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Kenya, Botswana and Nigeria, along with more than 60 artists from Croatia  will thus continue to receive enormous international exposure.

The South African leg of the exhibition provides a demonstration of the Croatian cultural bridge between the tie, as an original Croatian creation and African art, the motifs of which appear on a special range of Croatia ties designed and manufactured specifically for the South African leg of the cultural journey.


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