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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

As Yet Untitled: James Webb

  As Yet Untitled: James Webb Sculpture Garden 2021 – 2023 Norval Foundation is pleased to present James Webb’s As Yet Untitled (2021), a site-specific, sound installation, on view until 2023. Obscured within the Cape Lowland Freshwater Wetland of Norval...

Mixed Company

  Mixed Company Gallery 9 13 February 2021 – 28 June 2021 Mixed Company is a thematic group exhibition exploring the act of gathering, pictured through the eyes of eleven modern and contemporary artists from southern Africa: Omar Badsha, Jody Brand, David...

The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix

  The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix Gallery 1 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,...

Recent Acquisitions by the Homestead Collection

  Recent Acquisitions by the Homestead Collection Gallery 9 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...

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 – 14 March 2022 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 – 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...

Zine Space

  Open Call: Zine Space Submissions: 14 - 27 June 2021  Norval Foundation, in collaboration with Dream Press, is proud to present Zine Space.  Zine Space invites artists to apply for a four-session risograph printing workshop with Dream Press. The workshops will...

As Yet Untitled: James Webb

  As Yet Untitled: James Webb Sculpture Garden 2021 – 2023 Norval Foundation is pleased to present James Webb’s As Yet Untitled (2021), a site-specific, sound installation, on view until 2023. Obscured within the Cape Lowland Freshwater Wetland of Norval...

Happy Birthday: Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi

Happy Birthday, Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi The celebrated South African artist was born #OnThisDay, 5 March 1943 🎉 Born in Marapyane near Hammanskraal in the Northern Transvaal area (Gauteng and Limpopo today), she grew up with her grandmother who was a traditional...

Easter Weekend 2021

We have some entertaining family-friendly programming over Easter Weekend (2 – 5 April). Get all the details below: Easter Egg Hunt 4 April | 10:30 Enjoy a covid-friendly traditional easter egg hunt. R95 entitles your child to a milkshake and an easter egg hunt around...

Mixed Company

  Mixed Company Gallery 9 13 February 2021 – 28 June 2021 Mixed Company is a thematic group exhibition exploring the act of gathering, pictured through the eyes of eleven modern and contemporary artists from southern Africa: Omar Badsha, Jody Brand, David...

The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix

  The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix Gallery 1 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,...

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...

As Yet Untitled: James Webb

  As Yet Untitled: James Webb Sculpture Garden 2021 – 2023 Norval Foundation is pleased to present James Webb’s As Yet Untitled (2021), a site-specific, sound installation, on view until 2023. Obscured within the Cape Lowland Freshwater Wetland of Norval...

Mixed Company

  Mixed Company Gallery 9 13 February 2021 – 28 June 2021 Mixed Company is a thematic group exhibition exploring the act of gathering, pictured through the eyes of eleven modern and contemporary artists from southern Africa: Omar Badsha, Jody Brand, David...

The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix

  The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix Gallery 1 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,...

Recent Acquisitions by the Homestead Collection

  Recent Acquisitions by the Homestead Collection Gallery 9 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...

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 – 14 March 2022 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 – 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...