Alt and Omega: Jackson Hlungwani

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2 September 2020 – 26 July 2021


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 – 26 July 2021


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.

And then you see yourself: Zanele Muholi

Gallery 1

2 September 2020 – 25 January 2021


Zanele Muholi, born in 1972 in Durban, is a self-described visual activist, working primarily through photography. Their stated mission is to “re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond”. This mission has manifested in their practice in various ways, but a persistent theme within Muholi’s artworks is their meditations on the nature of identity.



Recent Acquisitions by the Homestead Collection

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2 September 2020 – 25 January 2021


Recent Acquisitions by the Homestead Collection brings together a series of artworks that speak to the evolving identity of the Homestead Collection, a major resource housed at Norval Foundation. These artworks are from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and have been created by artists from across Africa. The exhibition is broadly made up of four thematic groups as a means to understand the varied nature of the artistic languages represented.


Sculpture Garden


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.