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October 4, 2013 2:49 pm

Jewish Artists Celebrate Nelson Mandela in New London Exhibit

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Jewish artist Dean Simon painted a black-and-white work based on Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, with Mandela depicted as Jesus, surrounded by peacemakers from various eras. Photo: Screenshot.

Jewish artist Dean Simon painted a black-and-white work based on Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, with Mandela depicted as Jesus, surrounded by peacemakers from various eras. Photo: Screenshot.

Several Jewish artists are participating in a new art exhibit in London that celebrates the life of South African icon Nelson Mandela.

South African Jews Dean Simon, Susan Woolf, Loren Hodes, Lena Woolf, Zapiro, Len Sak, Michael Meyersfeld, and Eric Sher all contributed works to the show, We Love Mandela: Art Inspired by Madiba, which is curated by Natalie Knight and sponsored by South African businessman Alan Demby.

The exhibition, originally planned for May but postponed because of Mandela’s declining health, opened Thursday.

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The Jewish artists featured vary considerably in style, medium and content. Dean Simon’s submission is a black-and-white work based on Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper,with Mandela depicted as Jesus, surrounded by peacemakers from various eras.

Zapiro on the other hand, a well-known cartoonist, while keeping with the biblical theme, has submitted a work in his preferred medium which depicts Mandela parting the sea.

Chief Rabbi of South Africa Dr Warren Goldstein was quoted by The Jewish Week as saying: “In societies which idolize the powers of the body, Nelson Mandela attests to the enduring power of the soul. He was a beacon of hope in the dark days of apartheid and he remains a beacon of hope.”

“The global romance with Nelson Mandela is a sign of hope for humanity; we are still moved by heroes of the spirit,” the chief rabbi said.

Click here to view a sampling of the artworks on display at We Love Mandela: Art Inspired by Madiba.

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  • Dov

    This terrorist and murdere invented the African necklace. A burning tire to torture his victinms. These delusional temple jews are pc idiots and delusional mental cases. Pitiful. May HASHEM judge them as mandela is a fierce anti semite

  • Susan Benton

    The work used to illustrated this is a travesty. Nelson Mandela as Jesus – ARRGH. And MLK a womanizing, show-boating, opportunist who was not a peace-maker – he deliberately provoked Bull Conner for the publicity, the people had already rejected Conner but MLK wanted the PR, and then there is Ghandi who was humping the wife of the last British Viceroy of India – a nympomanic. Nice.

    This isn’t art – it is a cheap trick more suitable to an amateur, adolescent with a bit of skill. It is NOT a work of art.

  • Susan Benton

    Excuse me. Nelson Mandela no less. He is a scoundrel in a suit it is disgusting that any Jew would have any respect for this man.

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