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IMPORTANT NOTICE - COVID-19:

We are currently still open to the public, but all functions (opening events and walkabouts) at the museum have been cancelled. Visiting groups to the museum will be limited to ten visitors at a time.

We will keep you up to date should this status change.

Stay safe. 

Wednesdays: R2,00 entrance fee for all visitors

We are happy to announce that a security fence has been erected around the art museum and visitors can now park safely while visiting the museum. 

 

IN MEMORY

The exhibition in the Preiss Hall, in honour of Alice Elahi and Andrew Verster, showcases some of their artworks in the museum's permanent collection. 

 

Alice Elahi at her retrospective exhibition, held in 2015 at the Pretoria Art Museum.

 

ALICE ELAHI

1926–2020

 

Alice Elahi, the renowned South African landscape artist, passed away on Saturday, 7 March 2020, just before her 94th birthday. Born in Cape Town in 1926, Alice Elahi studied in London in the 1950s. She then spent most of her working life in Pretoria after winning the 1968 New Signatures Award which kick-started her career; a solo exhibition followed in 1972. She was best known for her watercolours and oil paintings of the remote and inhospitable Namibian wilderness areas. Elahi's 40-year career culminated in a three-month-long retrospective exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum at the beginning of 2015.

 

Please note that the memorial service that would have taken place on Friday, 20 March 2020, has been cancelled following the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

   

 

ANDREW VERSTER

1973–2020

 

Born in Johannesburg in 1937, Andrew Verster passed away at the age of 82 on 16 February 2020. Verster won numerous design awards. He was also bestowed with an honorary doctorate from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in April 2009 for his significant contribution to the arts through his paintings, writings and designs of sets and costumes, and for his generous community contributions.

                          

Fragile Paradise (1990), oil on canvas,

Pretoria Art Museum Collection

 

MAJAK BREDELL: THE NEW YORK YEARS 1981–2003

14 March to 14 June 2020 | North and South Galleries

Take note that the walkabout that would have taken place on Tuesday, 24 March 2020, at 11:00 has been cancelled.

 The exhibition will close on Sunday, 14 June 2020.

This exhibition is a curated collaboration between the Association of Arts Pretoria and the Pretoria Art Museum. The two-part retrospective overview is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue that includes an essay by the curator, Prof Elfriede Dreyer. The works on show at both venues cover a period of 22 years and follow the trajectory of the artist's initial confrontations with issues of belonging and dis-belonging as the chasm between her mother country and her adopted home was mediated in both image and poetry. Bredell states: "During my sojourn in that great city, art-making remained my passion despite limited exhibition opportunities. Longing for my mother country and the loss of a South African identity eventually precipitated my return to South Africa after a hiatus of almost 23 years. By which time my identity had shifted to include my New York identity that I wore like a second skin – a double identity I wear to this day." 

 

X_POSURE GROUP EXHIBITION | Until 29 March 2020 | East Gallery

Tatenda Chidora, Captured I, digital photography Tatenda Chidora, Sekotlela, digital photography

 

The X_Posure Art Exhibition is a collaboration between BKhz Studio and the Pretoria Art Museum. This contemporary art exhibition presents a mixture of photography and installation art by Tatenda Chidora, Oratile Papi Konopi, Lunga Ntila, Nelson Makamo and Vuyolwethu Bukelwa Ndakisa. It is a body of work whose narratives range from the personal to the public in their interrogation of the discomfort brought on by self-reflexivity on the part of the artist with regard to one's place in society. BKhz Studio is a Johannesburg-based contemporary art gallery in the Braamfontein cultural precinct. It was established by a fine artist, Banele Khoza, a former education assistant at the Pretoria Art Museum. 

 

VERF DIT SWART / PAINT IT BLACK | Until 23 April 2020 | Foyer

 

Installation view of Verf dit Swart / Paint it Black at Aardklop, National Arts Festival Potchefstroom 2019, photograph by Carla Crafford

 

In response to the invitation to participate in the Aardklop National Arts Festival 2019 with the overarching title of Kunsrevolusie: Briewe aan die nag, Modern Art Projects South Africa (MAPSA) deemed it an opportune moment to showcase a selection of black artwork from its collection. The works were collected by Harrie Siertsema over the last five decades, and the main criterion has been for the works to be dominantly black. Siertsema's love for Kazimir Malevich's Black Square, 1915 – which was a revolution in itself – forms the main inspiration for this collection. The metaphors for black are endless; its most apparent associations are with the dark, death, evil, aggression and rebellion. However, for Siertsema, the positives also attract him, namely sophistication, mystery, elegance, authority and strength.

 

The exhibition will be housed in a purpose-built black cube. From the outside, the cube appears to be nothing more than an art packing crate. However, once viewers enter the cube and their eyes adjust to its dark interior, a real discovery awaits them: A full-scale exhibition of black artwork curated from Siertsema's personal collection spanning more than two decades. 

 

A STORY OF SOUTH AFRICAN ART | Ongoing | Albert Werth Hall

Margaret Vorster, Consecration, oil on canvas

 

This selection of artworks from the permanent collection of the Pretoria Art Museum briefly reviews South African art. It includes works by early 20th century painters, the Resistance artists of the 1980s and artists of the 21st century. The exhibition is based on the secondary school syllabus, and the artworks are rotated regularly.
           

COROBRIK CERAMIC COLLECTION | Permanent display | Ceramic Gallery

A selection of ceramics that represent the development of studio ceramics and the work of traditional rural potters in South Africa over the past 30 years is on display. Initially, the collection was started by the Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery, which in 1977 became the sponsor of the Association of Potters of Southern Africa (APSA) (now Ceramics Southern Africa) and purchased the winning pieces at national and regional exhibitions. In 1982, Corobrik became the sponsor and acquired the collection. Since then, numerous acquisitions from exhibitions as well as pieces contributed by members have been added to the collection.

 

SPECIAL REDUCED ENTRANCE FEE

The City of Tshwane's museums are excited to announce that a special reduced entrance fee has been implemented on Wednesdays. Visit the Pretoria Art Museum, Melrose House Museum or Fort Klapperkop Heritage Site on any Wednesday and only pay a R2,00 entrance fee.  

GUIDED TOURS

No guided tours are available until further notice. 

Admission:

Adults: R25,00; pensioners and students: R12,00; learners: R7,00

Wednesdays: R2,00 for all visitors

The museum is open to the public from Tuesdays to Sundays between 10:00 and 17:00 and closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Pretoria Art Museum

Cnr Francis Baard and Wessels Street

Arcadia Park, Arcadia

Tel: 012 358 6750 | www.pretoriaartmuseum.co.za

Email: art.museum@tshwane.gov.za

GPS coordinates: Lat: 25°44'53.63"S; Long: 28°12'45.20"E

 

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