Sonja Ferlov Mancoba

Sonja Ferlov Mancoba (1911-1984) occupies a central position in Danish art history. Primarily affiliated with Linien, she showed with other Danish artists groups as well, including Høstudstillingen and CoBrA. In 1936 she moved to Paris, where in 1942 she married the South African painter Ernest Mancoba. Returning to Denmark in 1947, they were part of Høstudstillingen's CoBrA years, 1948 and 1949. Discouraged by the break-up of the movement, they moved back to Paris in 1961.

 

Ferlov Mancoba's sculptures from 1935 to 1984 are sculptural expressions of her concept of humanity. "They are human expressions more than art," as she put it. A central theme for Ferlov Mancoba and the entire CoBrA group was that of the mask. In a 1978 letter, she explains her view of the mask: "For me, working with the mask is an attempt to find and keep a human face in an inhuman society."

 

 

Exhibitions in the gallery:

 

2014 20.06 - 12.07 SCULPTURES AND WORKS ON PAPER - group show (Berlin)

 

2012 27.09 - 20.10 ACCROCHAGE - group show (Copenhagen)

 

2011 12.11 - 17.12 EWS - ERNEST MANCOBA, WONGA MANCOBA, SONJA FERLOV MANCOBA (Copenhagen)

 

2010 11.06 - 03.07 SONJA FERLOV MANCOBA, ERNEST MANCOBA & WONGA MANCOBA (Berlin)

 

2009 04.12 - 2010 09.01 THE MASK - group show (Copenhagen)

 

2002 09.11 - 15.12 S, M, L - group show (Copenhagen)

 

2000 24.03 - 22.04 SOMETHING ABOUT DRAWINGS - group show (Copenhagen)

Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Mask, 1970. Height: 53 cm, bronze.