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  • SA Black Artists 1964 - 1994

    SA Black Artists 1964 - 1994

    Thu, Mar 5, 2020

    Event:              South African black artists in the Pretoria Art Museum collection,                                                                   1964–1994

    Walkabout:       15 February at 10:30 for 11:00.

    Where:             North Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum (Cnr Francis Baard and Wessels Street, Arcadia, Pretoria)



    When the Pretoria Art Museum opened its doors to the public on 20 May 1964, it had only one piece of artwork by a black artist. This artwork, by Simon Lekgetho, was part of the nucleus collection that hung in the City Hall and the Municipal Offices of the then City Council of Pretoria before the existence of the Pretoria Art Museum. For a museum that was tasked with collecting modern art through an informal policy that favoured South African Old Masters, ie the works of JH Pierneef, Frans Oerder, Maggies Laubser and European art that had influenced the development of early South African art, the collection of black artists was initially compromised.

    However, over the years as our country witnessed the political repression of the 1960s and went through the 1970s, which saw the youth uprising of 1976, and the turn into the eighties wherein the apartheid government declared states of emergencies as our townships erupted in resistance, the museum slowly built a collection of South African black artists. The archives of the museum confirms it has more than 80 artworks by black artists. This exhibition aims to bring this body of work to the public's attention and afford it the opportunity to reflect on the kind of works that have found their place into the collection in the three decades leading to 1994. On show, there will be works by Daniel Rakgoathe, George Pemba, Noria Mabasa, Jackson Hlungwane, Louis Maqhubela and Moshile wa Nthodi, to name a few artists.

    The South African black artists in the Pretoria Art Museum collection, 1964–1994 will be on show in the Pretoria Art Museum's North Gallery on Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 to 17:00, with guided tours arranged by appointment. The exhibition will be on show until Sunday, 1 March 2020. 


    Mmutle Arthur Kgokong

    Strategic Project Coordinator 012 358 6752

    General enquiries:

    Pretoria Art Museum

    012 358 6750



    The Pretoria Art Museum is open on Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 to 17:00. It is closed on Mondays and public holidays.


    Pretoria Art Museum

    Tel: 012 358 6750


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