Nelson Mandela exhibition opens in London

Following Nelson Mandela's recent passing, the world has been paying tribute to the great man, and if you're looking for a way to learn more how he lived his life then a trip to London could provide the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Opening today (January 16th), a new exhibition entitled Nelson Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom – the same title as the former South African president's autobiography, as well as the current movie about his life starring Idris Elba – is now on display at the Belgravia Gallery in Mayfair.

Combining drawings, painting and lithographs created by Mandela himself at various stages of his life with photographs of him and a number of writings both by and about him, the exhibit could not have been launched at a more appropriate moment, and is sure to draw in huge numbers of visitors.

Among the pieces included in the collection are several artworks that represent Mandela's struggles and mindset during his extended period of incarceration at Robben Island, where he spent almost 20 years before being released and leading South Africa out of Apartheid.

Several drawings of the prison itself can be seen in the display, with areas like the ward, the courtyard and guard tower all represented in Mandela's creations. On top of this, a number of more figurative pieces also feature in the exhibition, including one called The Hand of Africa, in which the former president's hand print appears as the continent of Africa itself.

All items in the collection are verified by the artist's signature, and anyone who wants to experience this fantastic exhibition will have just over two weeks to do so, as it will be closing on February 2nd.

The Belgravia Gallery is located on Albemarle Street in the heart of the West End, which is just a couple of minute's walk from both Green Park and Piccadilly Circus tube stations.

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