PRETORIA ART MUSEUM
Please note that our telephone number has changed from 012 344 1807 to 012 358 6750.
Celebrating 50 years of excellence!
1964 - 2014
The Pretoria Art Museum was established in order to house the City's growing art collection, which had been built up since the early 1930s.
In order to reflect the historical diversity of art in South Africa, the museum has of late given attention to contemporary developments in Southern African art – urban and rural as well as traditional art, and new media and techniques.
Building of the museum in Arcadia Park commenced in 1962 and on 20 May 1964, 18 months later, the Pretoria Art Museum was officially opened.
International National Museum Week: “Museum collections make connections”
International Museum Day is celebrated worldwide every year sometime around 18 May. It is aimed at strengthening collaboration and creating awareness of our rich, diverse cultural and natural heritage.
The City of Tshwane’s museums have agreed a few years ago to celebrate a International Museum Week – a slightly longer period – in order to reach more people and attract more visitors.
The Pretoria Art Museum, Melrose House Museum and the Fort Klapperkop Heritage Site will allow free entrance to all visitors during this week, which runs from 18 May until 25 May 2014.
PORTRAITS: LADY MICHAELIS BEQUEST and 17TH CENTURY DUTCH AND FLEMISH ARTISTS | Henry Preiss Hall
| Sir Peter Lely, Eleanor Gwyn, 1678 Copy after Jan van Ravensteyn, Portrait of a Lady
A selection of portraits of 17th century Dutch paintings from the Michaelis Bequest and other Dutch and Flemish artists are on view. The donation made by Lady Michaelis in the 1930s, of mainly 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings, initially formed the core of the Art Museum’s permanent collection.
PORTRAITS WITH PRESENCE | 7March to 13 July | North Gallery
A large exhibition with some powerful portraits in various mediums from the Art Museum’s collection will be on dispay. View a variety of portraits, from the old masters to more current artists. Some of the favourites are portraits of artists that have been created by fellow artists, such as a portrait of Tretchikoff by Rechada Crouse; a bronze sculpture of Maggie Laubser by Coert Steynberg; Alexis Preller by Irmin Henkel and Lippy Lipshitz by Maud Sumner. At least 12, mainly bronze, sculptures will be on display.
PHOTOGRAPHY | 28 February to 25 May | South Gallery
Leon Krige Zwelethu Mthetwa Constance Stuart-larrabee Patrick de Mervelec
Collosseum foyer Untitled Herdsman with Angora goats Alfred Toba Artist JHB, 2001
Photography Photography Photography Photography
The exhibition features photographs from the Pretoria Art Museum’s permanent collection – from traditional film photography to modern digital print.
Arguments against photography being an art form date back more than a century. Many photographs have been recognised for their high artistic value, with the camera used like a painter’s brush and artistic merit attributed to factors such as composition, exposure, tonal values, ingenuity and creativity. Well-known photographers such as Zwelethu Mthetwa, Constance Stuart-Larrabee, David Goldbaltt, Ismail Farouk and Nataniël Stern are included in the exhibition.
UNION BUILDINGS 100 YEARS, 1913–2013 | South Gallery
The Union Buildings were designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1908. Construction started in 1909 and was completed in 1913. Originally built to house the entire public service of the Union of South Africa, it was then the largest building in the country and possibly the largest building work undertaken in the southern hemisphere at the time. The design of the buildings was largely determined by the nature of the site. Baker envisaged identical wings of rectangular office blocks, each representing one of the two official languages. They were to be linked by a semi-circular wing, and the space between the two wings was levelled to form an amphitheatre in the Greek fashion for important national and ceremonial gatherings. For the overall design of the building, Baker chose the neo-classic architecture of the Italian Renaissance, combined with that of the English Renaissance and significant elements of Cape Dutch detail, such as in the carved main doorways and fanlights, and the wrought-iron brass work and balustrades of the smaller areas.
Aleta Michaletos Aleta Michaletos Aleta Michaletos
Rebirth God Bless Madiba Mandala Mandela
Aquarelle on paper Coloured pencil on paper Coloured pencil on paper
For a period of six years, starting from 1989, Aleta Michaletos painstakingly collected material for a unique concept. She created collages from positive clippings from daily newspapers and magazines. Precious Circle is in direct contrast to “vicious circle”, and the idea was to counterbalance the many negative events portrayed in the South African press over a long time. Precious Circle documents the hopes, dreams and aspirations of a whole society caught up in a process of inevitable change, during the most important era in South African history. The project ended on 10 May 1994 (the day Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as president). Newspapers abundantly reflected the new euphoria, and the 50th, and final, collage was created entirely of clippings from 10 and 11 May 1994.
In 1994, Aleta also conceived and executed a symbolic portrait of Mr Nelson Mandela, titled Rebirth. She found herself increasingly fascinated by the “conflict” and paradox surrounding Mandela. She felt an urge to conceive and portray yet another aspect of Mandela: the emotional portrait God Bless Madiba. Because the name “Madiba” is used in a loving way and we use our hands to caress and protect the vulnerable, Aleta conceived the imagery of God Bless Madiba as Madiba surrounded and protected by two giant cupped hands. Aleta has always been fascinated by the names attributed to us at birth and the impact they have on our lives. She noticed how attractively similar “Mandela” and “Mandala” sounded to the ear and to the intellect. The final portrait represents Mandela as, and in, the centre of a rose. He smiles enigmatically yet confidently. His eyes are fixed on a spot in the future, the place where he prophetically visualises his beloved countrymen to be, and at last Mandala and Mandela unite.
A STORY OF SOUTH AFRICA ART | Ongoing | Albert Werth Hall
This selection of artworks from the permanent collection of the Art Museum briefly reviews South African art. The selection includes the works of early 20th century painters, Resistance artists of the 1980s, and artists of the 21st century. The exhibition is based on the secondary school syllabus, and artworks are rotated regularly
COROBRIK CERAMIC COLLECTION | Permanent display | Ceramic Gallery
A selection of ceramics is on display, representing the development of studio ceramics and the work of traditional rural potters of South Africa over the past 30 years. Newly acquired ceramic pieces are added throughout the year. Ceramic pieces acquired recently include those by Hyme Rabinowitz, Robert Wagener, Doreen Hemp, Karen van der Riet, Madoda Fani, Lydia Holmes and Catherina Pagani.
Option A: South African Art
Time: Tuesdays to Fridays between 10:00 and 13:00
Duration: One hour
Number of visitors: No more than 100 per appointment
Cost: R20,00 per person for learners (entrance fee of R5,00 included); R35,00 per person for adults (entrance fee of R20,00 included)
Option B: Children's Gallery
A fun-filled tour for children between the ages of 4 and 10.
Time: Tuesdays to Saturdays between 10:00 and 13:00
Duration: Two hours
Number of learners: 20 learners per hour (divided into groups of five)
Cost: R20,00 per learner (entrance fee of R5,00 included)
Bookings are essential and can be made with Mmutle Arthur Kgokong (tel: 012 358 6750 or fax: 012 344 1809).
Adults – R20,00; Pensioners/students – R10,00; Learners – R5,00
Open to the public:
Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00 to 17:00
Closed on Mondays and public holidays
Pretoria Art Museum
Cnr Francis Baard/Schoeman and Wessels Streets
Arcadia Park, Arcadia
GPS: Lat: 25◦44'53.63”S Long: 28◦12'45.20”E