Eclectic exhibition creates sense of wonder

2020-01-22 06:02
The artwork titled Gender, Politics, Identity is on display.

The artwork titled Gender, Politics, Identity is on display.

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A range of artworks meant to inspire, intrigue and create a sense of wonder are on display in the Oliewenhuis Art Museum’s permanent collection.

Titled All Sorts of Being/s, the exhibition was opened on 6 December and will close on Sunday (26/01).

This eclectic mix of artworks was curated by Ester le Roux, museum curator curator of the Oliewenhuis Art Museumof the Oliewenhuis permanent collection,.

“The exhibition was curated using a simple process: selecting artworks that have some feel-good factor from our permanent collection,” Le Roux said.

“This enjoyable selection process resulted in an almost bizarre mix of artworks, but all of them – whether through the artists’ process, composition, concept, theme or medium – and all of the other various elements that make up an artwork,had some aspects of lightness, playfulness and humour.”

The exhibition showcases a variety of media, technical approaches and different art movements, spanning from the 1940s to recently created contemporary artworks such as those by Nyoni Vulindlela, Roger Ballen, Dominic Tshabangu and Patrick Mautloa.

Alexis Preller, Robert Hodgins, Lucas Sithole and Lucky Sibiya are among the iconic artists represented.

The work of some of South Africa’s most prominent artists, such as Mam Noria Mabasa, Helen Sebidi, William Kentridge, Nandipha Mntambo, Diane Victor, Christiaan Diederics and Judith Mason, are on view on the first floor of the museum to convey this narrative.

Karen Marais, senior exhibition officer, said the permanent collection comprises 1 467 works of art.

“The collection converses on themes associated with gender, identity, mysticism and land discourses.”

According to Marais, a considerable number of works had been acquired through donations and bequests.

“Outstanding among these is a collection of works of the City Council of Bloemfontein. This collection, which was ceded to the Oliewenhuis Art Museum at its inception in 1989, together with artworks of the National Museum’s permanent collection, formed the nucleus for the future Art Museum worthy of the provincial capital,” said Marais.

  • The exhibition can still be viewed for the rest of the week (Wednesday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00, and Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 to 16:00).The museum is open to the public to view artworks from Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 17:00, and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 09:00 to 16:00.

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