Press release: A century of South African art from the Sanlam Art Collection 1918–2018

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Centennial: A century of South African art from the Sanlam Art Collection 1918–2018
at the Sanlam Art Lounge in Johannesburg

5 September to 14 December 2018

From Botha’s devastating Butterfly Box and Kentridge’s eerily abandoned Stadium to the perpetually discharging pistol of van der Merwe’s Gaste and the #RhodesMustFall reference behind Mudariki’s The Model, is art the most truthful documentation of a nation’s history? And if so, what does Sanlam’s Centennial exhibition say about the transformation of SA? The exhibition commemorates Sanlam’s centenary and is one-of-a-kind in its objective to showcase SA history. Curator Stefan Hundt takes visitors on a journey through the last 100 years, with guided tours available by appointment on set dates. A journey that brings one face-to-face with chapters of colonial hegemony, political repression, a triumphant democracy and the economically unbalanced society that followed. 

The exhibition can be viewed from 05 September to 14 December at the Sanlam Art Lounge at 11 Alice Lane in Sandton, Johannesburg. The gallery will be open Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 16:30 and Saturdays 10:00 – 13:00. Closed Sundays and public holidays. 

Free guided tours will be offered on 5 September at 16:00 and 18:00 and on 7 September at 10:00, 14:00 and 16:00.

For more information please contact the curator, Stefan Hundt on 021 947 3359 or email stefan.hundt@sanlam.co.za.

Maggie Laubser, Self portrait, 1928

Willie Bester, Blue truck crossroads, 1992

Ezrom Legae, Point of departure

David Koloane, Moon over squatter settlement

Elza Botha, Manifes, 1982

Cecil Skotnes, Portrait of a visit to battlefield, 1975

Images supplied by Atmosphere

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