SELECTION OF RECENT DONATIONS TO THE ART MUSEUM | North Gallery
| Georgie Papageorge, Procession Wall |
Rosemarie Marriott, Ringe, ringe, rose
This exhibition consists of a selection of recent donations to the Pretoria Art Museum by artists such as Rosemarie Marriott, Georgia Papageorge, Gordon Froud, Orlando de Almeida and Ingrid Winterbach. It also includes some of the artworks donated by the Pelmama Foundation in 2009.
The most recent donation was by Rosemarie Marriott. Marriott’s three sculptures, constructed from animal skin, deal with themes from children's stories and nursery rhymes that carry an underlying message. She attempts to capture the way a child might see and interpret that message.
Georgia Papageorge has travelled around the world creating art performances that deal with the geographical, emotional, political and racial rifts that exist between people. In the context of Africa Rifting/Bloodlines Processional Wall, the bloodlines become the ethnic ties that link us to each other as human beings.
In the sculpture Nucleus, Gordon Froud uses an unusual medium, the plastic coat hanger, as a module. Ignoring the obvious external associations between the star-like shape of the piece and a hugely magnified snowflake for a moment, this shows how the repetition of modules contributes to a self-reflexive text and intrinsic meaning.
De Almeida’s donation of the sculpture Moving into Dance depicts the country’s future where all people will be able to dance together, learn from each other and share joy.
PRETORIA SCENES | Until 16 March 2014 | South Gallery
This exhibition shows artworks, created from 1857 to the early 1990s, that depict scenes of Pretoria and show some well-known streets in Pretoria. It makes for an interesting comparison of Pretoria, then and now. Beautiful gems of late artists such as Jan van Nouhuys, Henry Whitehead and Michael Mmutle are on display.
UNION BUILDINGS 100 YEARS, 1913-2013 | Until 16 March 2014 | 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 for 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, and also combined an idiom of the English Renaissance, as well as incorporating significant elements of Cape Dutch detail, such as in the carved main doorways and fanlights and in much of the wrought-iron brass work and balustrades of the smaller areas.
ALETA MICHALETOS: PRECIOUS CIRCLE AND NELSON MANDELA SERIES | Until 16 March 2014 | South Gallery
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 period of 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 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 very 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 subsequently 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 has prophetically visualised his beloved countrymen to be, and at last Mandala and Mandela have united.
CHILDREN’S TILE ART PROJECT | 1 December 2013 to 2 February 2014 | East Gallery
The Children’s Tile Art Project is held annually at the Pretoria Art Museum. It consists of Saturday art-making workshops presented to a group of selected youths from the neighbouring townships in Tshwane. This year, learners from Ngaka Maseko High School were introduced to different art-making mediums over a period of four weeks, during which they were tasked with producing their own original artworks, ranging from pastel drawings and coffee drawings to acrylic paintings and ceramics. This exhibition will be on show from 1 December 2013 to 2 February 2014.
A STORY OF SOUTH AFRICAN ART | Ongoing | Albert Werth Hall
| Andrew Motjuoadi, Study for Township Life I, 1965 |
| Wille Bester, Conspiracy, 1998 Ruth Prowse, District Six
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: 012 344 1807 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
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