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MARLINO KUKO (article first published : 2002-04-21)

The BAT Centre is preparing to hold a memorial art exhibition by the late artist Marlino Kuko. The BAT visual art department is appealing to anyone in possession of Marlino’s work or who may know those who might have collected sculptures to lend these pieces to the BAT Centre for the duration of the exhibition. Thereafter the works will be returned to their owners.

The exhibition will culminate in a form of a memorial service in which people will be allowed to say a few words and also to auction some of the works by this artist.

Marlino Kuko died early this year after a short illness. From 1997 when he joined the BAT Centre up until the time of his death he was an Artist in Residence. Born in Maputo, Mozambique, he developed a love for sculpture through his elder brothers who taught him the art of woodcarving. He left school at an early age in order to pursue a career in woodcarving and towards the end of his life had been working and selling his work to neighbouring countries such as Swaziland and Mozambique.

A full-time artist, Marlino sold his work directly to the public and operated through commissions from companies such as the Durban Surfers Awards and the Ola Ice Cream Statues. His work has also been collected by major galleries such as the Durban Art Gallery for their permanent collections.

The Marlino Kuko memorial exhibition will be opened on May 15 at 17h30 in the Menzi Mcunu Gallery. Those who are able to assist the BAT Centre by loaning the artworks in their possession or those who may have information on the whereabouts of others works are asked to contact Njabulo Hlongwane at the BAT Centre office on 031 332-0451.




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