Alt and Omega: Jackson Hlungwani
2 September 2020 – 10 January 2022
Jackson Hlungwani (1923 – 2010) was born into a XiTsonga-speaking family that prided itself as being part of a Shangaan warrior lineage. Growing up in rural Limpopo and northern Mpumalanga, he never attended school and, as a child, herded the family goats and sheep. When he was old enough his father taught him to carve, as his father had before him, transferring skills, familiar styles and underlying concepts common to the community.
iiNyanga Zonyaka: Athi-Patra Ruga
2 September 2020 – 14 March 2022
In the first iteration of Athi-Patra Ruga’s iiNyanga Zonyaka — The Lunar Story Book — his story world takes the form of a window vinyl, permeating the space like the mouth of the universe, opening out of the atrium. Inspired by the stained glass of a church, the translucent film depicts a visual narrative which cross-pollinates through various time zones.
The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix
13 February 2021 – 18 October 2021
Norval Foundation is proud to present The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix, the first solo exhibition at a museum of the South African artist’s paintings. Bringing together 27 major artworks, completed between 2011 and 2020, The Reunion draws upon the holdings of the Homestead Collection, based at Norval Foundation, as well as loans from private lenders.
‘I have made a place’
12 July 2021 – 27 September 2021
I have made a place’ is a group exhibition of painting, installation and video by modern and contemporary South African artists, drawing from the Homestead Collection and the Scheryn Art Collection. Borrowing its title from the eponymous Gerda Scheepers painting, the gathering force of the exhibition can be summed up as follows: “Our endless and impossible journey toward home is in fact our home.” Author David Foster Wallace used these words to describe our struggle to establish a sense of self. The exhibition explores the processes through which we make a place for ourselves, physically and psychologically.
As Yet Untitled: James Webb
2021 – 2023
Obscured within the Cape Lowland Freshwater Wetland of Norval Foundation’s Sculpture Garden, As Yet Untitled’s physical presence is inconspicuous, with a utilitarian visual language reminiscent of scientific apparatus and municipal infrastructure. The sounds are produced in response to the astronomical phenomena taking place in the skies above the Foundation, controlled by software which has been specifically programmed for this purpose.
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.