In October 1787, Mozart’s Opera, ‘Don Giovanni’ made its debut in Prague. According to ‘Mozartarian-Mythology’, he composed the Overture on the morning of the day it was shown for the first time. This legend has helped cement our understanding of Mozart as being a musical magus and genius.
This anecdote was the premise for the concept of Michael Chandler’s recent exhibition – WET Paint – in which he invited 8 Cape Town-based (and mightily talented) artists to collect a blank canvas from Chandler House at 8am, and return it completed by 5pm that same day to be exhibited at First Thursdays.
A daring idea, which turned out wonderfully well! Here’s what the participating artists had to show for one day’s work; no procrastination, no planning, just flat-out painting: