Arguably the world’s most popular and comprehensive international arts event, the Venice Biennale continues to be an inspirational experience to artists and art lovers alike. Generally speaking, Biennales are important international events, since it entails crucial, public sites for the production, distribution, and generation of public discourse around contemporary art.
In the ArtbankSA Collection there are several acquisitions in the three principal painting media of oil paint, water colour and acrylic paint.In The rebirth of painting in the late twentieth century (2000, Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press), the American art critic, poet and Professor,Donald B. Kuspit, argues that painting remains the foremost medium of the visual arts, in terms of its potential for innovation and influence on other modes of art making, but also in terms of its sensual potential to effectively carry and express human condition and emotion.
In celebration of Women’s Day, the Art Bank of South Africa curated and presented We’ve been here, an exhibition of selected artworks by contemporary female artists from 1 to 31 August 2019. Women’s Day marks the anniversary of the Women’s March of 1956 when about 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the carrying of pass books.
Oliewenhuis Art Museum is giving honour to the life and work of an incredible artist,Karin Jaroszynska (1934-2014). Oliewenhuis holds 20 artworks of Jaroszynska in its permanent collection.Most of the works, including the Helsinki-series,were part of a generous donation by the art collector and philanthropist FernandF. Haenggi to Oliewenhuis in 2006; the remainder were purchased by Oliewenhuis. Her work- surrealist, playful and somewhat mysterious- shows Jaroszynska’s extraordinary talent and artistic integrity.
To commemorate Freedom Day on 27 April 2019, Oliewenhuis Art Museum celebrates the work of Elza Botha that is currently on view as part of the exhibition Centennial, A Century of South African Art from the Sanlam Art Collection, 1918 – 2018 on display in the Main Building. The content of both artworks and the courage of the artist to produce these works during the height of apartheid make these artworks relevant celebrating the first democratic election on 27 April 1994.