Current Exhibitions

Any Given Sunday

The anonymous and random public artistic interventions that comprised Any Given Sunday—which originally took place in the city of Cape Town and its townships from 15 May – 24 July 2016— were intended to reflect on the social, economic and political tensions of Cape Town, set against its histories and relevant sites. This covert approach underscored the central intention of the series: as a gentle and submerged way of foregrounding contested notions of visibility and acceptance in the city’s racially segregated spaces.

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The Johannesburg Station Panels

Artist JH Pierneef’s most acclaimed public commission was completed between 1929 and 1932 The Johannesburg Station Panels have been characterised as the epitome of the South African landscape genre. Since 2002 the complete set of thirty two panels - twenty eight landscape and four tree scenes, is on long term loan from the TRANSNET Foundation to the Rupert Art Foundation and have also been exhibited in the Jan Rupert Centre in Graaff-Reinet.

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ICONography

The use of biblical scenes and scriptures have been a popular subject matter in many artists work. From as early as Byzantine period with commissions given to artists by churches, through the Renaissance these scenes are popular with Western artists. Locally during the period 1960s to 1990s artists from art centres such as Rorke’s Drift and Ardmore were also drawing from scriptures as themes and subjects to their work, but very much personalizing it to their customs, believes and interpretations.

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PORTRAIT 100

The PORTRAIT 100 exhibition will enable art lovers to indulge in a genre that has captured the hearts of artists, art historians and -custodians alike for centuries. By allowing us a glimpse into our own personage, the depiction of the human figure has truly stood the test of time as a relatable, enriching, and empathetic subject matter.

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