Heliostat: Wim Botha

Gallery 2-8
29 September – 21 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.

Artist: Wim Botha

Atrium Commission


Courtesy of the Claire & 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
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.

Artist: Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi

Collector’s Focus

Gallery 2-8
27 October – 4 February 2019

Norval Foundation is delighted to open Vedanā: Experiences of Tonality in the Véronique Susman-Savigne Collection, the second exhibition in the Collector’s Focus Initiative. This exhibition presents a constellation of works from the collection of Véronique Susman-Savigne, which ruminates on humanity’s existential questions and the psychology of being. The collection, which includes contemporary works acquired on several continents, exists as a mirror to the human psyche; it reflects on fundamental existential questions that relate to human thought, behaviour and personality. By extension, the exhibition enacts a silent conversation across varied experiences, with the abstract works registering tones, whilst the figurative works pose the questions: Who am I? What is my true nature or essence? What is my true identity? Why do people behave the way they do?


Artists: Nicholas Hlobo, Wim Botha, Cinga Samson, Igshaan Adams, Zanele Muholi, William Kentridge, Kudzanai Chuirai, Mohau Modisakeng

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.