Norval Foundation announces their 2018-2019 Exhibition Programme. Norval Foundation is a centre for art and cultural expression, dedicated to the research and exhibition of 20th and 21st century visual art from South Africa and beyond. Exhibitions will include complementary programming, such as talks, guided tours, educational workshops and private views. The titles of the exhibitions are
- Historical Glitch
- Helen Sebidi
- Prism: Wim Botha
- On the Mines: David Goldblatt
- Ibrahim Mahama
- Sculpture Garden: Yinka Shonibare
7, 14 and 28 July 2018
Historical Glitch is a series of performance-based interventions taking place in Norval Foundation’s galleries over the month of July 2018. Within the context of South Africa’s violent history of colonialism and Apartheid, Historical Glitch brings together queer musicians, performers, poets and vogue artists, who use body, language, sound and touch to explore the complex relationship between amnesia and remembrance and create emancipatory practices. Curated by Khanyisile Mbongwa.
8 September 2018 – 24 January 2019
Featuring drawings and paintings from a career spanning five decades, this exhibition will look at Helen Sebidi’s (born South Africa, 1943) continued dedication to issues of non-western mythologies, ancestry and traditional African value systems. Through the relationship between dreams and ancestry, Sebidi references the politicisation of landscape, and its relationship to growth and issues of creation. Curated by Portia Malatjie.
Prism: Wim Botha
29 September 2018 – 28 January 2019
Wim Botha (born South Africa, 1974) has developed a singular visual language through the interpretation and questioning of icons from the natural world, including African fauna, European regalia, architectural motifs and works of art historical significance. This exhibition will bring together key works in Botha’s career, including commune: suspension of disbelief (2001) and Prism 13 (Dead Pietà) (2015), alongside a new major and immersive installation. Curated by Owen Martin.
On the Mines: David Goldblatt
13 February – 25 August 2019
David Goldblatt’s (born South Africa, 1930) photographic series On the Mines, exhibited as a complete set for the first time, documents the communities and landscape associated with the gold mines of Gauteng, South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. This exhibition will be accompanied by texts written by Nobel Laureate, Nadine Gordimer, which sensitively responds to Goldblatt’s photographs. Curated by Karel Nel.
13 February – 18 August 2019
Ibrahim Mahama’s (born Ghana, 1971) practice, predominantly focused on installation and architectural interventions, questions Africa’s role in the global exchange of commodities and the way labour is valued. This is suggested by the materials Mahama employs, such as hessian sacks that bear traces of cocoa production and used shoe shine kits. Norval Foundation has invited Mahama to create a site sensitive work. Curated by Owen Martin.
Sculpture Garden: Yinka Shonibare
13 February 2019 – ongoing
Following its acquisition by the Homestead Art Collection, Norval Foundation will unveil Yinka Shonibare’s (born United Kingdom, 1962) Wind Sculpture (SG) III (2018) as part of the permanent display in our Sculpture Garden on 13 February 2019. Shonibare’s practice considers how colonial and postcolonial representations and identities function within complex historical and contemporary networks, particularly in the relationship between Africa and Europe.
Comments by Chief Executive and Chief Curator
“Norval Foundation is honoured to include Yinka Shonibare’s Wind Sculpture (SG) III (2018) on permanent display, which is a first for our continent. Celebrating the experience of art with an appreciation for nature, we believe this is an important moment for the Foundation. Shonibare’s work will add to our Exhibition Programme and enrich our offering to the local community, contributing to our children’s future.” Elana Brundyn, Chief Executive
WHERE: Norval Foundation, 1 Ou Kaapse Road, Tokai, Cape Town, 7945