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Born on 15.11.1931, in Springs, Transvaal, Republic of South Africa - he died on 8. 5.1994, in Pongola, Transvaal, Republic of South Africa.

Born of a Zulu father and a Swazi mother, Sithole was married and had 7 children. He lived in Kwa-Thema, Springs, Transvaal, until 1981, thereafter near Pongola on the Swaziland/Mozambique border.  He never traveled beyond the South African borders, except to Lesotho and Swaziland.

Public and Institutional Collections in Europe and Africa:

Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt a.M., Germany
Evangelisches Zentrum, Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany
The Haenggi Foundation Inc., Johannesburg / Basel (PELMAMA Permanent Art Collection) (donated to Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein 2006)
National Museum & Art Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
S.A. National Gallery, Cape Town
Oliewenhuis Art Gallery, Bloemfontein
Durban Art Gallery, Durban
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria (incl. 50% of the unfinished works at the time of Lucas' death, donated by the Estate and The Haenggi Foundation Inc.)
University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein
Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
University of the North West, Mmabatho
University of the North, Sovenga
University of Fort Hare, Alice (incl. 50% of the unfinished works at the time of Lucas' death, donated by the Estate and The Haenggi Foundation Inc.)
State Theatre, Pretoria
The Rupert Family Foundation for the Arts, Stellenbosch
Corporate Collections in South Africa

Selected Exhibitions in Europe and the U.S.A.:

1965 Piccadilly Gallery, London
1968 Venice Biennale, Venice
1974 ART 5’74, Basel
1974/75 Gallery 21, London
1976 Texas A&M University "Art of Black Africa" (from the Rex Grey Family Collection)
1979 Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg (Retrospective Exhibition)
1979 Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria (Retrospective Exhibition)
1985/86 "Quellen und Strömungen", presented by BMW in Germany and Austria
1993 Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany (Meisterwerke der Sammlung Péus)
1995 Kunstsammlung Kulturstiftung, Unterseen / Interlaken, Switzerland (Memorial Exhibition)
1997/98 Galerie Artimex Fine Arts AG., Basel
2001 "The Short Century", curated by Okwui Enwezor, exhibited at: Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin;  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
2002 P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Selected Exhibitions in Africa (other than South Africa):

1976 National Museum & Art Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
1977 National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
1978 National Art Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Selected Bibliography:

1. Lucas Sithole 1958 - 1979 by F.F. Haenggi 
2. African Arts Magazine, UCLA, Los Angeles (Review: Aug., 1980)
3. Images of Man - Contemporary S.A. Black Art and Artists, 1992 (de Jager), pp. 120/124
4. OUR ART 4 ONS KUNS, 1993 (Marilyn Martin) pp. 178-185 -
5. Lucas Sithole: Highlights 1966 - 1993 (F.F. Haenggi) (unpublished)

Works Recorded:
The total oeuvre completed by LUCAS SITHOLE exceeds 800 sculptures in wood, stone, liquid steel and bronze, most of which have been recorded and over 410 photographed.  About 200 sculptures are in collections in Europe and the Americas.

Information excepted from with the permission of Fernand F. Haenggi

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