The Norval Foundation presents a selection of artworks that speak to the evolving identity of the Homestead Collection, a major resource housed there. The Foundation is open to the public as of 2 September 2020.
The exhibtion comprises artworks from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, created by artists from across Africa. The exhibition is broadly made up of four thematic groups.
The first thematic group uses the animal as a means to reflect on human fear and its transcendence. This section includes works by Georgina Gratrix, Kate Gottgens and Alexis Preller.
Two artists from the Democratic Republic of the Congo feature in the second goup. The Pop-inflected figurative painting of Chéri Samba and Eddy Kamuanga speaks to the aesthetic traditions of the region as well as their contemporary realities and position within a global context.
Focusing on artists who share an interest in the compositional capabilities of line and space, the third group includes Gerhard Marx, Elias Sime, Ernest Mancoba and Karel Nel.
In the final grouping, Pierre Fouché’s Bathers II and Cinga Samson’s Into Entle 13, while materially different, both interrogate contemporary masculinity.
Though the exhibition is placed within these four groupings, connections ricochet between the works. The myriad affinities and disparities presented here are illustrative of the broad cross-section of artistic practices taking place within African art, and the nuanced collecting activities of the Homestead Collection.
Venue: Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Rd, Tokai
Time: 2 Sep 2020 to 18 Jan 2021