On the Mines: David Goldblatt

Galleries 2-7

13 February 2019 – 11 August 2019


Shown for the first time in its entirety, On the Mines: David Goldblatt is the last exhibition that the photographer personally helped conceptualise before his death in 2018. Goldblatt is revealed as the great chronicler and documenter of South Africa: the quiet observer of how the country, its peoples, its institutions and landscape have been inscribed by politics and power.

Artist: David Goldblatt

Trade Winds: Yinka Shonibare CBE

Gallery 9

13 February 2019 – 26 August 2019

The exhibition Trade Winds: Yinka Shonibare CBE at Norval Foundation, brings together a series of artworks, including sculptures, photographs and a major installation, created between 2008 and 2018, which are connected through their use of Dutch Wax fabric.

Artist: Yinka Shonibare CBE

Labour of Many: Ibrahim Mahama

Gallery 8
13 February 2019 – 11 August 2019

Norval Foundation is delighted to announce a major installation by Ibrahim Mahama, the first of its kind in South Africa. Mahama’s rigorous, socially engaged and process based practice, brings to the fore Africa’s role in the global exchange of commodities while considering the movement of its people and how labour is valued. For the installation at Norval Foundation, Mahama intervenes in the Foundation’s largest gallery, at nine metres high, covering the surfaces with hessian sacks, contrasting the humility of the materials with the monumentality of the space.


Artists: Ibrahim Mahama

Collectors Focus: Nudes in the Sanlam Art Collection

Gallery 1
13 February 2019 – 21 July 

Norval Foundation’s Collector’s Focus is a series of exhibitions and talks that highlight the role of collectors of visual art and design in shaping culture. It was established by Elana Brundyn, CEO of Norval Foundation, to recognise the unique contributions that collectors play in the preservation and evolution of culture.


Artists: Various

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.


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