Visit our Manor House art gallery, sensitively restored and featuring the best of South African and African art with rotating exhibitions.
Expect be to welcomed by a contemporary collection of art that contrasts with the Manor House’s rich history, providing a nuanced experience for art lovers.
Visit the gallery shop after your visit to take home print, momentos and curated gift items.
Exhibitions rotate every three to four months and admission is free, with daily, guided walk throughs at 10:30am.
A STRANGE SONG: CURATED BY CANDICE THIKESON
A Strange Song is an opportunity to share a number of recent acquisitions, while reflecting on the range of artists, artistic practices and artistic periods within the collection at present. The title of the exhibition, poetic in nature, is borrowed from a recent portrait by Mozambican artist Cassi Namoda, which was included in her solo exhibition titled Life has become a foreign language (2022). Namoda’s portrait, with its rich tones and soft landscape also introduces the exhibition and sets the tone for the kind of artworks exhibited in this show. The artworks selected for A Strange Song are predominantly figurative, often possessing vibrant colours and are rich with symbolism, speaking to various cultural mythologies. Figuration is at the forefront of the exhibition, many of the artists creating works which are explicitly of bodily forms or suggest the presence of the body. It is thus important to consider how these artists, from Africa, engage with portraiture as a genre as well as the nude tradition in their work. Many of these figurative paintings, nudes and portraits alike, also explore the landscape – both real, surreal and imagined. Through the inclusion of various animals such as birds, oxen, horses and snakes the artists imbue their paintings with symbolism. There are three paintings in the exhibition by the figurative painter, Cassi Namoda. The earliest is her work which was shortlisted for the inaugural Norval Sovereign African Art Prize (NSAAP) titled Visit from ancestors III (2021). In this work a woman draped in red fabric looks through the window as she is visited by a pink bird, presumably a flamingo, which the viewer reads as the ancestors Namoda refers to in the title of her painting. A Strange Song also focuses on artists who have engaged with themes of spirituality and transcendence in their work. While some of the artists in the exhibition approach spirituality directly through a reflection on organised religions and spiritual practices, as in the work of John N. Muafangejo, others approach spirituality more subtly, perhaps philosophically.
AN EXHIBITION BY GEENA WILKINSON
Cape Town-based artist Geena Wilkinson will be showing a selection of artworks at the
Boschendal Norval Foundation Art Gallery from 1 March – 13 April
Geena Wilkinson’s work utilises traditional fine-art mediums, often with food as the subject. In this exhibition, Wilkinson features a series of sculptural pieces, using a range of media; hand-cast resin, ceramic and oil on cement. Exploring ideas of domesticity, preservation, utopia and reality, here Wilkinson explores concepts of desire and beauty through the lens of hunger. Focused on the duality of hunger and satisfaction, wanting and restriction, Wilkinson uses sweets to engage with ideas of consumption and addiction. Large hand-cast resin Gummy Bears fill the space, alongside familiar Liquorice Allsorts, Fizz Pops, LOVEHEARTS, biscuits and candy. Viewers are invited to connect with personal memories around these sweets, perhaps nostalgic recollections that evoke a sense of home and contentment.
The enlargement of these sweets heightens our fantasy to touch and taste each piece, stirring a longing and desire in the viewer. Exhibited together, these works invoke a saccharine fantasy, evoking ideas of gluttony and over/consumption. Herein, Wilkinson points to our bodily hunger and questions if what we desire is truly satiable. She questions our lust over foods that cannot nourish us and only provide a perpetual longing for the next taste. Wilkinson suspends the viewer in a state of hunger, longing but never consuming.
Entrance to the exhibition is free. Artworks are available for sale at the gallery, please enquire via email@example.com for more information.
GALLERY DATES & TIMES
Monday – Sunday
09h00 – 17h00
Entrance is free
Daily Tours from 10:30