Archive: Issue No. 57, May 2002

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15.05.02 'Akwaba' - Ivory Coast Week in South Africa
01.05.02 David Goldblatt at the Goodman Gallery
01.05.02 'Creation Story' at RAU Art Gallery
01.05.02 'Episodes' - Handspring Puppet Company at the Gertrude Posel
01.05.02 Grace da Costa and Rod Shaw at the Alliance Française
01.05.02 Peter Friedl at Johannesburg Art Gallery
01.05.02 Steven Hilton-Barber at PhotoZA
01.05.02 Lettie Gardiner at Art on Paper
01.05.02 National School of the Arts Open Day
24.04.02 'Playtime' festival at Newtown Precinct
24.04.02 Fiona Couldridge and Walter Oltmann at Standard Bank Gallery
24.04.02 Leora Farber at The | Premises
24.04.02 'Freedom 1001 Miniatures' at Spaza Art
24.04.02 Chair exhibition at Merely Mortal
24.04.02 Diana Hyslop at Millennium II
24.04.02 Beverly Price at Alastair Findlay
17.04.02 'New Acquisitions' at Gallery on the Square
10.04.02 Doreen Southwood and Antoinette Murdoch at Spark!
10.04.02 Nel Erasmus and Adele Hamblin at the Art Space
10.04.02 Sue Williamson at the Goodman Gallery
10.04.02 Colbert Mashile and Tamar Mason at Art on Paper
10.04.02 Mixed bag at the Little Louvre
03.04.02 VACA exhibition at the Sandton Civic Gallery

15.05.02 'Matriach' at Mind's i
01.05.02 Max Liu at the Pretoria Art Museum
17.04.02 Lionel Smit, Liam Lynch, Zander Blom at Millennium Gallery
10.04.02 'Oer Baan' at the Open Window
27.03.02 'Transmigrations' at Pretoria Art Museum
27.03.02 'Jabulisa 2000' at Pretoria Art Museum

'Akwaba' - Ivory Coast Week in South Africa

Ties between South Africa and the Ivory Coast are developing and strengthening with the aim to further increase the potential of trade and investment between the two countries. The Sandton Convention Centre and Sandton City host 'Akwaba' ("welcome"), comprising a business forum and an exhibition. The show, which focuses largely on handicrafts and textiles is open to both consumers and trade buyers. Call Leigh Angelo or Steven Phillips for more information on (011) 447 6568.

Opening: May 29
Closing: June 2

Sandton City, Sandton, Johannesburg

David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt
Sunday Afternoon: Margaret Mcingana at Home, Zola, Soweto, Johannesburg, Oct 1970

David Goldblatt at the Goodman Gallery

One of South Africa's most famous photographers, David Goldblatt is probably the one other visual artist in South Africa whose international success is on a par with that of William Kentridge. This exhibition showcases a collection of images, some of which have rarely been exhibited before, as well as new works.

Opening: May 18 at noon
Closing: June 8

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Tel: 011 788 1113
Fax: 011 788 9887
Hours: Tues - Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 4pm

'Creation Story' at RAU Art Gallery

Presented in collaboration with the Artist Proof Studio, this exhibition focuses on creation stories and myths as seen through the eyes of San, Navaho Indian and urban South African artists. Five San artists, involved with the Kuru Art Project in Botswana, were invited by the Artist Proof Studio in October 2000 to work with five Artist Proof studio artists in making lithographs on this theme. 'How Man Got Fire' and 'Where Babies Come From' are some of the resulting stories and images that will be on show.

The Crow Shadow Institute of the Arts, a print studio and craft centre operating on the Umatilla Indian reservation in Oregon, USA, has also produced prints depicting creation myths. The artists from Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg have put together their own work reflecting similar themes.

Although the content is similar throughout, the representations of these myths are markedly different as one would expect from artists from vastly differing cultural and historical contexts.

This exhibition has formed part of an ongoing exchange between Artist Proof Studio and the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper. Johnson and Johnson International have funded the project and exchange. Members of the RAU Contemporary Dance Company will be interpreting some of the works through dance and movement on the opening night.

Opening: May 8 at 6pm
Closing: May 29

RAU Art Gallery, Rand Afrikaans University, cnr Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park
Tel: 011 489 2099
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

Handspring Puppet Company

Handspring Puppet Company

'Episodes' - Handspring Puppet Company at the Gertrude Posel

As a celebratory preview for the next tour by William Kentridge and the Handspring Puppet Company, 'Episodes' is an installation of puppets from seven productions over 16 years, including Tooth and Nail, Woyzeck on the Highveld, Faustus in Africa, Ubu and the Truth Commission, Il Ritorne d'Ulisse and The Chimp Project.

Hosted by the Gertrude Posel Gallery, with the Wits Graduate School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the exhibition is touted as a further step toward strengthening the links between the creative and intellectual projects undertaken by the institution. The show demonstrates the company's aesthetic and engineering experiments carried out over decades.

The opening will be followed by a series of brief talks at the Graduate School that focus on the mechanics of puppetry, movement, simulated action, and the poetics of the artificial body, by James Sey, Gerhard Marx and William Kentridge. The Company's Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler will be on hand to discuss their work.

This symposium marks the launch of a new initiative by the Wits School of Arts, University Art Galleries and the broader university community, to make relevant scholarship available to the public via brief and contained presentations. The theme for 2002 is "Subjects and Objects" and there will be a similar presentation of papers associated with the exhibition at the University Art Galleries by artist Penny Siopis later this year.

The exhibition will be opened by Professor Jane Taylor, Skye Chair of Dramatic Art.

Opening: May 7 at 5.30pm; talk: May 7 at 7.30pm


Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein
Tel: 011 717 1363
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 4pm

Grace da Costa and Rod Shaw at the Alliance Française

Grace da Costa and Rod Shaw both share a common history with past careers in the fields of advertising and related fields of communication. While their work demonstrates similar stylistic directions, their content is markedly different. Da Costa explores the connection and paradox between diverse elements such as spirituality, commercialism, ritual and technology by working her painterly medium into conflicting states of excess, subtraction, texture and process. She also exhibits bronze structures.

Zambian-born Rod Shaw concentrates on the human figure, drawing from life whenever possible. Over the past three years, Shaw has incorporated a certain level of abstraction, satire and humour and introduced animal subjects with human qualities.

Opening: May 7
Closing: May 30

Alliance Française, 17 Lower Park Drive, Parkview
Tel: 011 646 1169
Fax: 011 646 4521

Peter Friedl at Johannesburg Art Gallery

Johannesburg art and music fans may remember American cult musician Daniel Johnston's visit to the city early last year. His performance at the Bassline in Melville on a toy guitar was a defining moment in the subcultural history of the city. Johnston was in town to collaborate with Berlin-based artist Peter Friedl on a new video piece King Kong, shot in Sofiatown/Triomf.

Presented by the Institute for Contemporary Art at three venues across South Africa during May, Peter Friedl's project, which manifests as video, interventions, interviews and further research, asks the following burning questions: "How can artistic practice be redefined as a strategy to disarm power, in its widest sense? How does artistic practice relate to institutional practice in its various manifestations: exhibition, mediation, publication and distribution? What does the concept 'genre' mean today? How much autonomy is possible or even necessary?"

These are the fundamental questions which Friedl confronts in his practice. His works refuse stylistic or formal categorization and instead take the form of 'conceptual, aesthetic acts' which offer diverse models to help finds answers to these questions.

Conceived within the genre of the retrospective, as a collaboration between three institutions: the Casino Luxembourg-Forum d'art contemporain, the Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen and the ICA Cape Town, Friedl's project involves the re-presentation of fragments of the same exhibition in different institutional contexts and locations.

The exhibition component in Johannesburg will involve the screening of King Kong (2001).

Opening: May 5
Closing: May 26

Johannesburg Art Gallery, corner Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park
Tel: 011 725 3130
Fax: 011 720 6000
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm

Steven Hilton-Barber at PhotoZA

After controversy between sponsor (Nedbank) and artist (Steve Hilton-Barber) during Cape Town's current Month of Photography, this exhibition was pulled, reconstituted and is up in Johannesburg for one day only during the monthly Fuji FotoBuy, presented in conjunction with PhotoZA. Titled 'It's a Wildlife, and My Wife Loves Her Bushveld!', this collection of 31 images was taken over the lpst few years which Hilton-Barber spent wandering through the wilderness with his wife Monica. He describes the work as "an attempt to think crooked and shoot straight" and as a "mere footnote in the noble savage/savage noble debate".

The exhibition will preview for a week at the PhotoZA Gallery and open for one day only as part of Photo Buy in Rosebank.

Opening: May 5 at 11am

PhotoZA, The Mews, Rosebank
Cell: 082 533 7143 (Michelle Rock)

Lettie Gardiner

Lettie Gardiner

Lettie Gardiner at Art on Paper

This exhibition centres around three series of painted portraits executed on used industrial drawing paper. Gardiner maintains the previous scribbles, notes, cover-ups, folds and discolouration of the drawings of machine parts and instructions for their assembly. The works are hung as a large wall installation, resembling mug shots or model agency-style head shots, ultimately confusing the boundaries between similarity, difference, familiarity and distance. Through the grid structure, Gardiner suggests an organising principle but the additional suggestion of possible interchangeability "suggests a re-evaluation of accepted structures".

There will be a discussion of the exhibition on May 18 at 3pm, led by Douglas Irvine (collector and political scientist), Elza Miles (artist and art historian) and Helene Smuts (art educator).

Opening: May 4 at 3pm
Closing: May 23

Art on Paper, 8 Main Road, Melville (next to Outer Limits bookshop)
Tel: 011 726 2234
Hours: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm

National School of the Arts Open Day

"Africa's leading Art School" hosts its annual Open Day with entertainment at the artist's village, street theatre, dance, live music, drama and art. Workshops in all artistic disciplines will be presented.

May 4 between 2pm and 5pm

National School of the Arts, corner Hoofd and Melle Streets, Braamfontein
Tel: 011 339 6539

'Playtime' festival at Newtown Precinct

Initiated by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and partnered by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), 'Playtime' is a multidisciplinary arts festival with a special focus on contemporary installation and video art.

'Playtime' will run for five days in the first week of May and takes place on and around the Newtown Cultural Precinct, with installations by local and international artists housed in MuseumAfrica. Moeketsi Koena of Inzalo Dance Theatre will be doing a series of performances included in a programme with a bias towards the creative arts from the continent and diaspora.

>> Click here to view programme details.

Fiona Couldridge

Fiona Couldridge
Fragments: Jellyfish
Mixed media and oil

Walter Oltmann

Walter Oltmann
Disarticulated Flower
Aluminum and copper wire and brass upholstery studs
250 x 1800 x 330 cm

Fiona Couldridge and Walter Oltmann at Standard Bank Gallery

Fiona Couldridge is known for her high-relief, small-scale paintings depicting the textures of insect exoskeletons. 'Fragments' is her second solo show, this time concentrating on sea creatures. In her abstract fragments, she attempts to frame the emotive or instinctive fascination we have with these creatures, by articulating this through qualities in the paintings that embrace sensuousness and tactility. The detailed, magnified and abstracted skins begin to resemble aerial landscapes. As a counterpoint to this, Couldridge also shows a series of drawings of magnified surfaces of trees. As the references to sea creatures often appear land-like, the trees appear bodily in their abstracted and fragmented state. You can see her work at

Couldridge has a perfect exhibition partner in Walter Oltmann, whose Standard Bank Young Artist exhibition finally comes to Johannesburg. A neat catalogue with text by Brenda Schmahmann accompanies the exhibition, which features his own wirework "transformation of the commonplace". Like Couldridge, he has a bit of a thing for creepy crawlies. The press release recalls an anecdote about the transport - on foot through the streets of Durban - from store room to the Durban Art Gallery of his giant python held in two equally giant hands. A posse of council employees cleared a path ahead while a few formed a circle around to protect it from inquisitive hands. Questions were asked while an impromptu vanguard was formed to lead the procession. The spectacle was inevitable - see if it does the same for you. See Virginia MacKenny's review of this show at the Durban Art Gallery and Sue Williamson's review of the recent Cape Town exhibition.

Opening: April 30
Closing: May 25

Standard Bank Gallery, corner Simmonds and Fredericks streets, Johannesburg
Tel: 011 636 4231
Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 4.30pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

Leora Farber

Leora Farber
Corpa Delicata
Wax chocolates

Leora Farber

Leora Farber
Corpus Delicti
Still from video

Leora Farber at The | Premises

A performance, happening, video shoot and installation, "event" is the easiest way to describe this unique happening inspired by Leora Farber's remarkable exhibition 'All You Can Be' at the Aardklop Festival last year. That exhibition included a video piece entitled Corpus Delecti, featuring a primodial ooze of bubbling, molten wax. Alongside graphic footage of cosmetic surgery and Farber's abject wax sculptures, this small interlude seemed to indicate a new desire in Farber's work that has something to do with "undoing" her usually obsessive, labour-intensive process.

Corpa Delicata (delicate/delicious bodies) focuses on the slow melting of 750 exquisite handmade, flesh-like wax chocolates, painstakingly produced over a period of five months. The installation, which will be on view in its original state for one hour, functions as the "set" and raw materials for a new, experimental video piece, which will be filmed on the opening night and exhibited in place of the original installation four days later. The experiment occupies a risky space between contingency and obsessive control, and the scale and labour-intensive nature of the pre-production for this project means that there can be no rehearsal for the filming process. For this event, The | Premises becomes a controlled film-set and live workspace, with viewers performing as witnesses and ultimately participants.

The associations with body and flesh that the chocolate simulacra invoke are ambivalently gendered, but the process they go through from solid to liquid and back again inevitably refers to issues relating to Western constructs of beauty, control, bodily boundaries and desire.

Including the limited edition, boxed wax chocolates which will be on sale at the gallery, exactly 1 000 handmade wax chocolates have been specifically produced for this event.

For this event, The | PREMISES will be a controlled environment. For safety reasons, visitors are requested to leave bags, jackets and similar items outside the gallery.

Opening: April 27 at 6pm. Filming will begin at 7pm sharp
Closing: May 11

The | Premises, Johannesburg Civic Theatre, off Loveday Street, Braamfontein
Tel: 011 403 3408 ext 184 (Boy Bangala)

Special hours during this exhibition: April 27: 6pm - 8pm (first installation, performance and filming); May 2 - 11: 12pm - 8pm (second installation); closed May 5/6.

Spaza Art

Miniature at Spaza Art

'Freedom 1001 Miniatures' at Spaza Art

To commemorate Freedom Day, Troyeville's Spaza Art hosts an exhibition of tiny visual celebrations of democracy and constitutional freedom.

Opening: April 27 at 5.30pm
Closing: May 31

Spaza Art, 19 Wilhemina Street, Troyeville
Tel: 011 614 9354
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5 pm, Sat 10am - 2pm

Chair exhibition at Merely Mortal

'The Great Merely Mortal Chair Exhibition' allows a free association between art and design at this great venue for kicking back with a cocktail and engaging in the art of conversation. The show features interior scenes with well-loved and specially crafted chairs by artists Joan Abrahams, Walter Oltmann, Owen Ndou, Mark Swart and others, as well as contributions by chair designers and importers @work, Dauphin, Twiice International, Pago, Alutec, Modutec, My Design, the Design Centre, Tinderbox and Charles Storr.

Opening: April 25 at 6pm

Merely Mortal, 356 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall Tel: 011 326 3820 (Heather Greig) Email:

Diana Hyslop

Diana Hyslop

Diana Hyslop at Millennium II

Johannesburg-based painter Diana Hyslop shows recent works. Hyslop has participated in a number of exhibitions locally as well as Thupelo and Thapong workshops, taught art at Streetwise and was resident at the Santa Monica Fine Arts Studio in California in 1993.

Opening: April 24 at 6pm
Closing: May 18

Millennium II, 19 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank
Tel: 011 880 5270
Hours: Tues - Fri 11am - 6pm, Sat 12pm - 5pm

Beverly Price at Alastair Findlay

Contemporary jeweller and sculptor Beverly Price currently shows two large sculptural pieces in Alastair Findlay's showcase window, opposite Franco's restaurant in Parkview. Call her on 011 485 5053 for more information.

Alastair Findlay Showcase, 54 Tyrone Avenue, Parkview
Tel: 011 486 2940

Mimmo Paladino

Mimmo Paladino
Etching and aquatint
298 x 408 mm

'New Acquisitions' at Gallery on the Square

Gallery on the Square presents a collection of original etchings, lithographs and ceramics by a cast of big names including Gillian Ayres, Marc Chagall, Jim Dine, Sam Francis, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, William Kentridge, Marino Marini, Henry Moore, Mimmo Paladino, Victor Pasmore, Pablo Picasso, Frank Stella and Edoardo Villa.

Opening: Thursday April 25 at 6.30pm

Gallery on the Square, Sandton Square, Sandown
Tel: 011 784 2847
Fax: 011 784 2849
Hours: Mon - Thurs 10am - 6pm, Fri - Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 2pm

Antoinette Murdoch

Antoinette Murdoch
From 'Gereformeerd II'

'Eksie Perfeksie' - Doreen Southwood and Antoinette Murdoch at Spark!

Doreen Southwood and Antoinette Murdoch come together in a show that promises to bring a breath of fresh air to the art-women-home triad that often looks so very Seventies in the hands of less accomplished and self-critically sharp artists. Both are in their 20s and are, in their own words, bound by "mood altering medication and domestic crafts ... [and] dealing with issues of obsession and mental illness, striving to find the perfect balance between fear and love, order and chaos".

Southwood had a successful solo show entitled 'Too Close for Comfort' at Bell-Roberts in Cape Town last year, while Murdoch's 1996 show 'Trane Trekkers' ('Tearjerkers') was followed by the equally successful 'Gereformeerd II' ('Reformed II') in 1998.

Opening: April 17 at 6pm with guest speaker Kathryn Smith
Closing: May 12


Spark!, 10 Louis Road, Orchards
Tel: (011) 622 8297
Pieter Vorster 082 574 2152; Glynnis Jackson 083 836 1210
Hours: Mon - Sat 10am till café-bar closes, Sun 10am - noon

'Timeshift' - Nel Erasmus and Adele Hamblin at the Art Space

Seventy-three-year-old abstract painter Nel Erasmus collaborates with 33-year-old commercial photographer Adele Hamblin in an exhibition appropriately titled 'Timeshift', that seeks to unite two generations of image-makers through digital technology. The invitation is over-designed and the descriptors applied to Hamblin ("neo Surrealist" and "conceptual photographer") run the risk of over-determining the exhibition before it's even opened.

Check out their respective websites at and

Opening: April 14 at 5pm
Closing: May 11

The Art Space, 3 Hetty Avenue, Fairland
Tel/fax: (011) 678 1206
Cell: 082 651 4702

Sue Williamson

Sue Williamson
'From the Inside'
Installation view

Sue Williamson - 'From the Inside' at the Goodman Gallery

Sue Williamson's 'From the Inside' project, which consists of a series of double portraits, visual and textual, of people living with HIV/AIDS - opens this week at the Goodman. The idea behind the series was to put messages out into the world that would go beyond graffiti or advertising slogans. The series was conceptualised when Williamson was invited to make work for the international conference on AIDS in Durban during July 2000, and has been worked on since then with six pieces produced for the Joubert Park Public Art Project.

Williamson will be also be showing Can't Forget, Can't Remember, the interactive CD-Rom dealing with two cases that came before the South African TRC and which has travelled around the world to critical acclaim from art critics, but some criticism from the digerati of new media.

Opening: April 13 at noon
Closing: May 11


Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Tel: (011) 788 1113
Fax: (011) 788 9887
Hours: Tues - Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 4pm

Colbert Mashile

Colbert Mashile

Tamar Mason

Tamar Mason

Colbert Mashile and Tamar Mason at Art on Paper

"Please join us for a calabash of home brew", reads the invitation to the exhibition 'Insider/Outsider', featuring painter, draughtsman and major rising star Colbert Mashile showing alongside master ceramicist Tamar Mason. I hope it's for real, but even if not, this should be a powerful but intimate exhibition and one that asks important questions about the role of the traditional in contemporary society, with a focus on male and female circumcision.

Mason works in clay, bronze and with engraved cattle horns. Her sculptural clay vessels are handbuilt and many are deliberately rendered "useless" by being drilled with holes and studded with upholstery pins. Mashile renders what he terms "the mental big pictures" of personal experience of initiation rituals, compelled to produce visual images where language fails.

Mason and Mashile will conduct a walkabout on Saturday April 20 at 3pm.

A panel discussion about initiation will be held on Wednesday April 24 at 4pm. The discussion will be led by Prof Anitra Nettleton (Head, History of Art Department, Wits), Prof R Thornton (Anthropology Department, Wits) and others. This event will be preceded by a poetry reading. Booking is essential as space is limited, but entrance is free for all events.

Opening: April 13 at 3pm
Closing: May 2

Art on Paper, 8 Main Road, Melville (next to Outer Limits bookshop)
Tel: (011) 726 2234
Hours: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm

Mixed bag at the Little Louvre

The Little Louvre Gallery shows new work by Patrick Rorke, Nico van Rensburg, Diane McClean, Estelle Marais, Jan Cizek, Scott Harrison, Flip Hattingh, James Durno, Elnor Leach, Barbara Shaw, Wanda Van Den Hogen, Sharle Matthews, Collin Cole and Elaine Cowley.

Opening: April 13 from 10am to 1pm
Closing: May 18

The Little Louvre, 69 11th Street, Parkhurst
Tel: (011) 327 1384
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

VACA exhibition at the Sandton Civic Gallery

The full title for this multi-part exhibition is 'Passages of Time, Celebrating the Past, Welcoming the Future', mounted by the Visual Art and Craft Academy's Vis+Ability project. 'Celebrating the Past' shows the work of previous VACA students, directors and teachers including Wessel van Huyssteen, Nhlanhla Xaba, Moses Seleko, Keith Dietrich, Obed Mbele, Usha Seejarim, Richman Buthelezi, Churchill Madikida, Tiny Malefane, Loren Kaplan, Chantel Collet and Ruth Sack. 'Welcoming the Future' shows work by current VACA matric students.

VACA is an NGO that grew out of a need expressed by students from Katlehong, who could not enter universities, technikons or colleges due to the lack of a matriculation certificate as a result of the ongoing education crisis. Since its inception more than 200 students have obtained their matric certificates with an average pass rate of 95% allowing them to pursue careers in the arts.

Opening: April 7 at 10.30am with guest speaker Shelley Barry and a performance by Gcina Mhlope
Closing: May 5

Sandton Civic Gallery, corner Rivonia Road and West Street, Sandton
Tel: 011 881 6431
Hours: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 4pm

Visual Art and Craft Academy: 011 726 1109 (Toni Meyer)


Retha Buitendach

Retha Buitendach
Oil on wood

'Matriach' at Mind's i

Mind's i presents a group exhibition in celebration of women to coincide with Mother's Day. More than 30 artists from all over the country are featured, including Michele Nigrini, Diek Grobler, Retha Buitendach, Hanneke Benade, Strijdom van der Merwe, Franci Cronje, Suzanne du Toit, Anette Pretorius, Marinda du Toit, Cecile Heystek and Piet Grobler.

The artists were invited by the gallery to present one work each, celebrating an aspect of the female or feminine, whether as mother, lover or muse. Among the works, Heystek comments on the stark reality of the mother's often thankless role of provider and caretaker in a humorous wooden sculpture of a bag of dog food and a poop scoop; and Cronje looks at family relationships and history in her photographic work which combines old family photos with contemporary images.

Opening: May 8
Closing: May 25

Mind's i art space, Brooklyn Square, Pretoria
Tel/fax: 012 346 5131
Hours: Tues - Sat 10am - 6pm

Max Liu

Max Liu

Max Liu at the Pretoria Art Museum

Max CW Liu's solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum (Preiss Hall) is supported by Hsin Tien City Hall, assisted by Taipei Liaison office (Pretoria) and Taipei Liaison office (Johannesburg). It is an occasion tinged with sadness, as Liu died on April 12 2002, only one month before his South African opening. He was 92.

Well known in Taiwan as an electrical engineer, watercolorist, cultural anthropologist, writer and adventurer, Liu published more than 30 books on art. Inspired by "exotic" cultures' and the dreamlike imagery of Paul Klee, Liu painted semi-abstract imagery with a mystical bent which was once described as "innocent and humorous without academic seriousness". He was 38 when he started painting and learned what he knew from friends who were lecturers at the local university. He has been exhibiting in Taiwan since the late 1960s, having served with the American forces in Vietnam.

Opening: May 8 by Ambassador Du Ling of Taiwan
Closing: July 7

Pretoria Art Museum, corner Schoeman and Wessels streets, Arcadia
Tel: 012 344 1807/8
Fax: 012 344 1809
Hours: Tues, Thur - Sat 10am - 5pm, Wed 10am - 8pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm

Lionel Smit

Lionel Smit

Lionel Smit, Liam Lynch, Zander Blom at Millennium Gallery

The Millennium Gallery present a trio of shows by Lionel Smit, Liam Lynch and Zander Blom.

Opening: Thursday 25 April at 7pm
Closing: May 15

Millennium Gallery, 75 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof
Tel: 012 460 8217
Fax: 012 346 5552
Cell: 083 263 5842
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 2pm


The invitation to 'Oerbaan'

'Oer Baan' at the Open Window

Haidee Nel, MJ Lourens and Rossouw van der Walt show new work. The opening features a video projection for one night only.

Opening: April 17 at 7pm
Closing: May 11

Open Window Art Academy, 10 Rigel Avenue, Erasmusrand
Tel: (012) 347 1740
Fax: (012) 347 1710
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm, Sat 10am - 2pm



'Transmigrations' at Pretoria Art Museum

Artists' collective Dasart, headed by Ashley Johnson, initiated 'Transmigrations' as an exhibition that is concerned with story-telling "in the belief that the many levels within myth and enchantment are vital to our well-being. Western ways of seeing accept the culturally familiar and reject as superstitious that which is culturally 'divergent'." Thirteen South African artists, among them Rookeya Gardee, Nhlanhla Mbatha, Diane Victor and Wim Botha, are joined by one Canadian artist and one American artist, picked up on the show's journey from here to Los Angeles and Tijuana.

After Pretoria the exhibition will travel to the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein (Sept - Nov 2002), the Ann Bryant Art Gallery, East London (Nov - Jan 2003), the Durban Art Gallery and the Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

Further information on 'Transmigrations: Rituals and Items' as well as archival information on Dasart can be accessed at

Opening: April 6 at noon
Closing: July 21

Pretoria Art Museum, corner Schoeman and Wessels streets, Arcadia
Tel: (012) 344 1807/8
Fax: (012) 344 1809
Hours: Tues, Thur - Sat 10am - 5pm, Wed 10am - 8pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm

'Jabulisa 2000' at Pretoria Art Museum

Direct from the Johannesburg Art Gallery, this is a sprawling exhibition that covers every conceivable aspect of creative production in KwaZulu-Natal from contemporary art to crafts. While it cannot be faulted for being too selective, the exhibition would have benefited from more rigorous curatorial strategy and exhibition design.

Opening: April 2
Closing: May 5

Pretoria Art Museum, corner Schoeman and Wessels streets, Arcadia
Tel: (012) 344 1807/8
Fax: (012) 344 1809
Hours: Tues, Thur - Sat 10am - 5pm, Wed 10am - 8pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm