Why Should I Hesitate: Sculpture

Atrium, Galleries 2-8

24 August 2019 – 23 March 2020


Why Should I Hesitate: Sculpture is the first exhibition internationally to address Kentridge’s output as a sculptor, and is a unique focus on this aspect of his practice. Covering several bodies of work, and testifying to his longstanding improvisation when handling three-dimensional form, this exhibition sees the origins of these works in props from his operas and images from his animations stepping off the stage and out of the screen, confronting us directly at ground level. 

Artist: William Kentridge

Mapping Worlds: Selected Works from the Scheryn Art Collection

Gallery 9

2 November 2019 – 27 January 2020


Mapping Worlds: Selected Works from The Scheryn Collection is part of Norval Foundation’s ongoing Collector’s Focus series, exhibitions and talks highlighting the divergent ways collections of visual art and design are assembled, managed, understood and engaged with by audiences. Initiated by the Foundation’s Founding CEO, Elana Brundyn, this series draws upon a broad range of local, national and international collections, to consider the impact of these collections on the practice of collecting and, more broadly, on cultural production.

Artists: Various

in Pursuit of Venus [infected]: Lisa Reihana

Gallery 1

3 August 2019 – 20 January 2020


This exhibition features the immersive video artwork in Pursuit of Venus [infected] (2015-17) by Lisa Reihana (born Aotearoa New Zealand, 1964). Integrating hand-painted landscape with live action figures and a densely layered soundtrack, in Pursuit of Venus [infected] invites viewers to observe a series of restaged historical events, both real and imagined, of the first contact between British and Pacific peoples.

Artist: Lisa Reihana

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.