Heliostat: Wim Botha

Gallery 2-8
Curated by Owen Martin
29 September – 29 January 2019

Heliostat: Wim Botha brings together key works in the South African artist’s career spanning two decades and is organised around the idea of refraction. Refraction, as understood in optics, is the transformation of light, the increasing or decreasing of its wavelengths, as it passes through a material, such as glass or a prism. We perceive this change in wavelengths as either the splitting of light into its visible spectrum, a rainbow, or the bending or distortion of an object.

Artists: Wim Botha

Atrium Commission

Courtesy of the Calire & Edoardo Villa Will Trust


Forced migration is central to Serge Alain Nitegeka’s Structural Response III . The theme of disrupted lives, disrupted work and disrupted spaces is, through his intervention within the Atrium, intended to enable a discussion about displacement.  His use of simple building materials such as pre-cut timber, references the aesthetics of temporary structures that forced migrants often construct

Artist: Serge Alain Nitegeka

Batlhaping Ba Re!

Gallery 2-8
Curated by Portia Malatjie
1 September – 24 January 2019
Opening and Talk from 4-6 PM, Saturday, 1 September
Batlhaping Ba Re! is a solo exhibition by Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi (born 1943, South Africa) featuring paintings, etching and a sculpture from a career spanning five decades. The exhibition reflects on Sebidi’s continuous dedication to mythologies, ancestry and traditional value systems, and highlights the innovations that have characterised the artist’s practice in recent years.

Artists: Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi

notes on spectrality, sorcery and the spirit
Gallery 9 Curated by Portia Malatjie 28 April – 22 October 2018
Stemming predominantly from a period between the 1950s and 1980s to as recent as the 2000s, the artworks in the Norval family’s Homestead Art Collection (and by extension, the exhibition) attest to a longstanding preoccupation with ideas of the oneiric, the spectral, and issues pertaining to different forms of black spiritual economies. Populated by spiritual iconography, representations of visits to the sangoma, and Christian worship, the works speak to a particular mode of black socialisation that is represented through traditional mediums such as painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. The exhibition seeks to offer an interventionist reading and grouping of these works in the context of contemporary art and contemporary black thought. It seeks to draw attention to the prominence of a return to the spiritual, and to in fact highlight that there is no return: the spiritual has always been present and prominent, willfully and unapologetically guiding South African artistic practice for centuries. It seeks to ask what strategies can be employed in dealing with the tenuous, albeit widespread spiritual practices in the context of South Africa, and what is at stake in necessarily bringing these questions to the fore? Artists: Gladys Mgudlandlu, Noria Mabasa, Jackson Hlungwane, Cyprian Shilakoe, Gerard Sekoto, Trevor Makhoba, Dumile Feni, Thomas Kgope, Sithembiso Sibisi, Peter Clarke, Phuthuma Seoka and Billie Mandini.
Sculpture Garden
Sculpture Garden 28 April 2018 – ongoing
The Sculpture Garden at Norval Foundation features three-dimensional and installation-based artworks by artists from South Africa and Africa. The unique site, bisected by a protected Cape Lowland Freshwater Wetland and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Western Cape, features flora that are indigenous to the area. The placement of artwork takes the site into consideration, using the contours of the garden to hide and reveal work, creating an experience of discovery for the viewer. The building has been designed so that the Western side gives way onto the Sculpture Garden at multiple points, allowing visitors access from the galleries, building connections between exhibitions taking place both inside and outside. The exhibition programme in the Sculpture Garden aims to represent a plurality of practices currently taking place in the region, including artists working with the figure, narrative and mythology, abstraction and post-minimalism and craft. Artworks will be a mixture of long term loans and works from the Homestead Art Collection, which are installed permanently. Special thanks to all of the artists and the generous support of Everard Read CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town/Johannesburg/London; NIROX Foundation Trust, Johannesburg; STEVENSON, Cape Town/Johannesburg; and WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town.