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Sculpture Garden
Ongoing

The Sculpture Garden at the Norval Foundation features three-dimensional installations by artists from South Africa and the rest of Africa. The unique site, bisected by a protected Cape lowland freshwater wetland and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Western Cape, features flora 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 to the Sculpture Garden and creating connections between exhibitions taking place both inside and outside. The exhibition programme in the Sculpture Garden aims to represent a plurality of practices currently taking place in the region, including artists working with the figure, narrative and mythology, abstraction and post-minimalism, and craft. Artworks will be a mixture of long term loans and work from the Homestead Art Collection, which are installed permanently.

Special thanks to all the artists and the generous support of Everard Read CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town, Johannesburg and London; Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Johannesburg and London; Cape Town and Johannesburg; SMAC, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Stellenbosch; and WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town.

Yinka Shonibare CBE
Wind Sculpture SG (III), 2018
Steel armature with hand painted fibreglass resin cast
700 x 254 x 200 cm

 

Courtesy of the artist, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Johannesburg and London; James Cohan Gallery, New York; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. 

Michele Mathison
Volition, 2017
Steel
375 x 95 x 162 cm

Courtesy of the artist and WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town.

Angus Taylor
Holderbestolder, 2018
Belfast Gabbro granite and steel
645 x 605 x 423 cm

Courtesy of the artist, Everard Read CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town, Johannesburg and London.

Joni Brenner
Kin, 2015 – 2016
Bronze
82 x 90 x 110 cm

Courtesy of the artist.

Brett Murray
Again Again, 2015
Bronze
250 x 180 x 260 cm

Courtesy of the artist, Everard Read CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town, Johannesburg and London.

 William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx
Fire Walker, 2009 – 2010
Painted steel
300 x 175 x 204 cm

Courtesy of the artists, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Johannesburg and London; Lia Rumma, Milan and Naples; and Marian Goodman Gallery, London, New York and Paris.

Current exhibitions

The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix

  The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix Gallery 1 13 February 2021 – 31 May 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,...

Recent Acquisitions by the Homestead Collection

  Recent Acquisitions by the Homestead Collection Gallery 9 2 September 2020 – 18 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...

And then you see yourself: Zanele Muholi

  And then you see yourself: Zanele Muholi 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...

iiNyanga Zonyaka (The Lunar Songbook): Athi-Patra Ruga

  iiNyanga Zonyaka: Athi-Patra Ruga Athi-Patra Ruga Atrium 2 September 2020 – 26 July 2021 Athi-Patra Ruga, born in Mthata, Eastern Cape in 1984, uses myth, of his own invention and in public circulation, in order to respond to contested histories as well as the...

Alt and Omega: Jackson Hlungwani

  Alt and Omega: Jackson Hlungwani Jackson Hlungwani Galleries 2 - 8 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...

The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix

  The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix Gallery 1 13 February 2021 – 31 May 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,...

Happy Birthday: Walter Battiss

Happy Birthday, Walter Battiss  The 20th-century South African artist was born #OnThisDay, 6 January 1906 🎉 Born in the Karoo town of Somerset East in the Eastern Cape, Battiss’ family name was well-known in the area. His great-grandfather was a Royal Engineer and was...

Five Things to Know: Elias Sime

Five Things to Know: Elias Sime Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1968   1. Sime primarily makes wall-based, ‘sculptural assemblage’, using recycled objects as a medium. This includes recycled electrical components as seen in the work Tightrope: Noiseless 16 (2019),...

Family Weekend | December

    Join us on 19 & 20 December for a weekend of family fun with yoga 🧘🏾‍♀️  art 🖼️  music 🎶 art treasure hunts 🔍  and our very first Art Book Fair 📚  Find all our programming below. All Weekend Family Art Treasure Hunt Art Book Fair Summer Sessions in the...

Summer Sessions in the Sculpture Garden

We are celebrating summer with Summer Sessions in the Sculpture Garden on 19 & 20 December. You are invited to purchase a swag bag, bring their picnic blankets, find a spot in the Norval Foundation Sculpture Garden and spend the day enjoying music, art and good...

Norval Foundation: The power of art to transform society

Norval Foundation: The power of art to transform society By Elana Brundyn In the early nineteen nineties, Louis Norval attended an art auction and bought two paintings, one of which was Maggie Laubser’s,“Woman with a yellow scarf”. It was a defining moment for him,...

Five Things to Know: Ernest Mancoba

Five Things to Know: Ernest Mancoba Born in Johannesburg, 1906 - 2002   1. Mancoba was likely South Africa’s first Black professional artist (in the Western sense of the word).   2. Mancoba began his artistic career producing decorated furniture at Grace...

Festive Gift Guide

Need some inspiration for gift-giving this year? Here are the Norval Foundation Shop gift guides suitable for a variety of ages, interests, and budgets. See items and their prices below. Kids Gift Guide: "How Vincent Found His Croak" NF Kids Activity Book: R180 Walter...

Cape Town Art Book Fair

19 & 20 December 2020 | 10:00 - 18:00 Norval Foundation Foyer Celebrating the visual arts, art publishing and the broader creative community, we are proud to present Cape Town Art Book Fair on 19 and 20 December 2020.  Art book fairs have taken off around the...

Art Club Exclusive: Masterclass with Mary Corrigall

Attitudes and perceptions around African art and artists are often determined by European auction houses, but how does this affect the greater market, and the subsequent behaviour of buyers and sellers? We would like to invite our Art Club Members to Masterclass:...

The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix

  The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix Gallery 1 13 February 2021 – 31 May 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,...

Recent Acquisitions by the Homestead Collection

  Recent Acquisitions by the Homestead Collection Gallery 9 2 September 2020 – 18 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...

And then you see yourself: Zanele Muholi

  And then you see yourself: Zanele Muholi 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...

iiNyanga Zonyaka (The Lunar Songbook): Athi-Patra Ruga

  iiNyanga Zonyaka: Athi-Patra Ruga Athi-Patra Ruga Atrium 2 September 2020 – 26 July 2021 Athi-Patra Ruga, born in Mthata, Eastern Cape in 1984, uses myth, of his own invention and in public circulation, in order to respond to contested histories as well as the...

Alt and Omega: Jackson Hlungwani

  Alt and Omega: Jackson Hlungwani Jackson Hlungwani Galleries 2 - 8 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...