Pretoria has always been a cultural hub of activity and for those of you still not back at work and looking for something to do in the Capital, why not visit the Pretoria Art Museum?
They have a variety of exhibitions to tickle your fancy:
The Grafika Workshops Exhibition – until 1 February 2015
‘This exhibition features the works of children who participated in a series of art-making workshops that included drawing and intaglio printmaking. As part of a visual art development project in disadvantaged communities, ten children of Bathokgoa Primary School who did not have art as a school subject were invited to attend the workshops. This group of children was coordinated by Moving Contemporary Art (MoCA) in partnership with U-The Space and Capital Arts Revolution.’
The South African Landscape – until 27 January 2015
‘This exhibition comprises a selection of landscape paintings from the Pretoria Art Museum’s permanent collection of Southern African landscapes by various artists. The landscape has long been a favoured subject matter for South African artists. The term “landscape” describes any work of art depicting a scenic view. Such scenery encompasses amongst others mountains, valleys, rivers and trees. The paintings on exhibition showcase the wide diversity of the Southern African landscape – from deserts to forests, plateaus, veld regions, mountain ranges and coastal regions.’
Textiles and tapestries – until 18 February 2015
‘These textiles and tapestries are all part of the Pretoria Art Museum’s permanent collection, ranging from early tapestries to contemporary quilts by artists such as Allina Ndebele, Ester Nxumalo, Cecily Sash and Roy Starke, and some designs by Walter Battiss and Penny Siopis.’
Still lifes – until 8 March 2015
‘A selection of works from the permanent collection depicting still lifes can be seen in the Henry Preiss Hall. A still life depicts mostly unmoving subject matter that may be either natural (e.g. flowers or fruit) or man-made (e.g. vases or hats). A feature of painting since classical times, still life developed as an independent genre in the 17th century, flourishing first in Holland.’
A Story of South African Art – ongoing
‘This selection of artworks from the permanent collection of the Pretoria Art Museum briefly reviews South African art. The selection includes the works of early 20th century painters, Resistance artists of the 1980s, and artists of the 21st century. The exhibition is based on the secondary school syllabus, and the artworks are rotated regularly.’
Corobrik Ceramic Collection – permanent display
‘A selection of ceramics is on display, representing the development of studio ceramics and the work of traditional rural potters of South Africa over the past 30 years. Newly acquired ceramic pieces are added throughout the year. Ceramic pieces acquired recently include those by Dale Lambert, Madoda Fani, Lydia Holmes and Catherina Pagani.’
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