What's going down in the arts scene in 2019?

2019-02-03 00:00

While the year has just begun, the top galleries in South Africa already have an amazing line-up for art lovers.

The largest contemporary museum on the continent, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), starts strong with a group exhibition titled Still Here Tomorrow to High Five You Yesterday, which runs until June 30. Contemporary African artists and those from the diaspora examine notions of utopias, African futures and Afrofuturism.

Among the artists on display are Kumasi J Barnett, MichaeL MacGarry, Muchiri Njenga, Ndiaye Abdoulaye (Florent Mazzoleni), Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Osborne Macharia, The Nest Collective, Yinka Shonibare and Wanuri Kahui.

Butterfly Kid (Girl) IV, 2017
The Amazing Black-Man #203, Kumasi J Barnett

Butterfly Kid (Girl) IV, 2017
General Ngujuna, Osborne Macharia

From this month, Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui will show his piece Tsiatsia in the BMW Atrium. Tunisian photographer Mouna Karray's exhibition Off The Air is currently also on at the Zeits.

Carrie Mae Weems, who has been taking pictures for almost 40 years.

Winter Sculpture Fair, which will be accompanied by food and wine.

Rodrigo Petrella showing Mekaron from February 13 to 27. The subjects are the indigenous Kayapó people in the Amazon forest.


Image: Rodrigo Petrella


Image: Rodrigo Petrella

Wim Botha is showing his distinctive sculptures at Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town from March to May.

Painter Zander Blom returns to the Stevenson in Joburg after a six-year hiatus with a series simply entitled New Painting. It will be running until next month. Legendary artist William Kentridge will have an exhibition in September at the Zeitz Moca and the Norval Foundation in Cape Town.

Yinka Shonibare, who was awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire this year, will be showing Trade Winds at the Norval Foundation from this month.

Butterfly Kid (Girl) IV, 2017
Yinka Shonibare, Butterfly Kid Girl-IV 2017

Indian freedom fighter Jawaharlal Nehru once said: “The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.” If this is true, this will be a revealing year for artists and aficionados. As usual, the Cape Town International Art Fair, Turbine Art Fair, and FNB Joburg Art Fair will be calendar highlights. 

Next on City Press

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

February 23 2020