Venue: Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein
Dates: 3 March – 8 May 2022
Opening: 19:00 on Thursday, 3 March 2022
Walkabout: 10:00 on Friday, 4 March 2022

“Man cannot change or escape his time. The eye sees the present and the future.” – Salvador Dali.

The narrative thread to the upcoming Art Bank of South Africa (ArtbankSA) exhibition at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum on 3 March 2022, is the artistic reflection of our time. The seventy unique works selected from the hundred and thirty-eight artworks acquired by the ArtbankSA in 2021 reflect the artists visions and our society, embracing the everyday South Africa in a world in crisis. With the many threats to the future of humanity such a global pandemic, anthropogenic climate change, and the developments in technology, IN STRANGER TIMES, explores what constitutes life; biophilic and human, the relationship between individuals and technologies, the connection between bodies and the earth.

As the world gingerly opens following a time of fear, it may be time to adjust our expectations. Emerging from a period of fear and loss these inspired expressions of identity, socio-economic conditions, socio-religious belief, heritage, and morality create the opportunity for dialogue about future possibilities to make the world better, seeking new conditions of existence.

ArtbankSA is a national programme of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as part of the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) strategy implementation and is hosted by the National Museum Bloemfontein, an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. Its vision is to promote, foster and stimulate a vibrant market for the collection of South African contemporary visual art through the lease and sell of artworks to South African government departments, private companies and private individuals. Visit for more information.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum cordially invites the public to attend the opening and walkabout of IN STRANGER TIMES. Entrance is free of charge for both events. The opening will take place at 19:00 on Thursday, 3 March 2022 and the walkabout of the exhibition at 10:00 on Friday, 4 March 2022.

The exhibition can be viewed from 3 March until 8 May 2022 at Oliewenhuis Art Museum. The art museum is located at 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein and is open to the public from Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 17:00, and on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays between 09:00 and 16:00. Entrance is free and secure parking is available for visitors. A ramp at the entrance of the main entrance provides access for wheel chairs, while a lift provides access to the Permanent Collection display areas on the first floor.

For more information please contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum on 051 011 0525 (ext 200) or


Khulekani Brilliant Mkize, Inkosazana, 2021, Oil paint on canvas, 164 x 119 cm


Palesa Motsomi, The mute invocation, 2021, Mixed media, 740 x 1110 mm

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