Walter Battiss: “I invented myself” at Rupert Museum

By MapMyWay
20 February 2018

Walter Battiss: “I invented myself”

The exhibition Walter Battiss: “I invented myself” will be on show at the Rupert Museum until 11 August, 2018. This is the first time since 1980 that a body of work of this stature and importance by Walter Battiss has been seen in the Cape.

For more than 40 years, well-known art collector and philanthropist Jack Ginsberg has assembled an extraordinary collection of more than 700 artworks, books and ephemera by esteemed South African artist Walter Battiss. Warren Siebrits, the curator of Walter Battiss: “I invented myself” specially selected 120 of these works for the current Rupert Museum exhibition.

The exhibition has been enhanced with the inclusion of 9 further works from the Rupert Museum and private collections in the Cape.

Chronological exhibition through Battiss’ life

While previous Battiss exhibitions were conceived thematically, the current exhibition is organised chronologically. Viewers will have the opportunity to walk step by step through Battiss’ life and gain insight into aspects of his artistic production, including his extensive travels, interest in rock painting, calligraphy, exploration of multiple media and the Fook island of his imagination. The exhibition features works in oil, watercolour, pen and ink, photography and printmaking.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 340-page illustrated book at a cost of R1 500, which has been specially bound in 5 different colours in editions of 300 copies each. Unfortunately, the blue edition is already sold out with the other 4 colours available for sale at the Rupert Museum.

A sister exhibition of Battiss’ works can be viewed at Imibala Gallery, 16 Bright Street, Somerset West. All items are for sale with a percentage of the proceeds going to charity.

WHAT: Walter Battiss: “I invented myself”
WHERE: Rupert Museum, Stellentia Avenue, Stellenbosch
WHEN: Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays 10h00 – 16h00
INFO: Tel (Mon – Sat): 021 888 3344. Robyn-Leigh Cedras on or Tel 021 888 3306

Walter Batiss, Rupert Museum

Walter Battiss with Bull X (1946), given to him by Pablo Picasso in Paris on 3 June 1949