Gallery 4

Nature Morte

The Still from Life

4 September 2020 - 22 August 2021

  • Nature Morte

Continuing the exploration of genre themed exhibitions inspired by the Rupert Museum’s permanent collections, Nature Morte is the second in the series, following on the much appreciated show – Faces & Figures.

At its core the various still life and interior scenes in the mediums of drawing, painting, print, sculpture and ceramics portray South African stylistic movements by prominent 20th and 21st century artists. These include Irma Stern, Jean Welz, Cecil Higgs, Alexis Preller, Erik Laubser, Christo Coetzee, Penny Siopis, Karel Nel, Derrick Nxumalo, John Newdigate and Hennie Meyer. The exhibition sheds light on the genre’s reference to the transience of life and socio-political grappling; as well as its historical tradition by featuring Flemish art from the Michaelis Collection of Iziko SA National Gallery. The formal qualities of which is undoubtedly evident as a golden thread through the show.

A photographical component of food and still photography by local photographers Claire Gunn, Michelle Parkin and Nadine Greeff feeds inspiration or reaction to this tradition in our contemporary world.


In conversation with Nature Morte – The Still From Life installation

27 November 2020 – 15 March 2021

My Grundig Lounge – Sam Nhlengethwa

The artist is best known for his figurative paintings and collage works exploring themes of social and art history, jazz, mining and domestic life, as well as his iconic Goat lithographs and the series of Tributes to other artists printed at The Artists’ Press in White River. Look forward to seeing a selection of works from his Tribute series as well as family photographs amongst the sound of Nhlengethwa’s Jazz vinyl collection.

If you missed out on the installation, have a look at the link below:

My Grundig Lounge Matterport Virtual Experience


The Dining Room of Irma Stern 

23 March 2021 – 22 August 2021

Celebrating the interior spaces that have played a fundamental and historical role to key South African artists’ careers, the inclusion of IRMA STERN’s DINING ROOM in collaboration with the Irma Stern Trust and Museum celebrates the artist, collector, traveller and entertainer. The installation features personal memorabilia, artefacts and artworks from the artist’s estate and invites the viewer to engage with a more unknown genre of religious themed paintings.

From Tuesday, 4 May the exhibition also celebrates the inclusion of five local ceramicists recent works – Melissa Barker, Andile Dyalvane, Zizipho Poswa, Sinethemba Xola and Madoda Fani in collaboration with Eclectica Contemporary.