SAADA / The South African Antique Dealers Association’s Annual Joburg Expo:
2 – 4 October 2015
at The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg
João Ferreira presents: Robert Hodgins, “Twin Cigars” (detail), 1999, Screenprint, Image size: 63 x 65 cm, Paper size: 70 x 70 cm, Signed and dated lower right, Edition /45, Caversham Press
The Art Times was recently afforded the opportunity to ask SAADA’s CEO, Paul Mrkusic about SAADA and a little bit more about the upcoming expo:
AT: In your own words, what can visitors expect to discover at the expo?
PM: There is a layering of history and the contemporary with regard to the evolution of design that is exciting, bold and thought-provoking. And with price points from R200 to R1 000 and all the way up to R2 million and above, there is something for everyone: from the novice to the serious collector.
AT: What is the importance of expos like this to the antiques, art and design industry?
PM: We’ve found that our market has a new demographic, a hip, socially mobile sector that is thirsty for the story each item tells, as well as the histories our dealers can share. These buyers want to experience the smell of things, the way they feel, where they’ve been, and hear the anecdotes behind each piece, and they love to interact on a personal level with the dealers.
“Fresh, playful and accessible” – perhaps these are not adjectives you would usually associate with antiques. Intimately engaged with veritable treasure troves of history, the dealers of SAADA (South African Antique Art and Design Association), would very likely disagree. They may appear to deal in centuries-old antiques, vintage objects of design, and contemporary works of art, but their real currency is in stories. Each item has an intricate history, and a personality waiting to be discovered.
The upcoming SAADA expo is an opportunity for collectors to search for these stories and special treasures. Items on display will appeal to veteran and new-generation collectors, as well as anyone looking for decorative investment items. It will be bigger and better than ever, with twenty premier accredited antique, art and design dealers revealing only their finest selection.
Visitors to the expo stand the chance to win a two-night stay at Tintswalo Atlantic valued at R18 740. Every item on display at the expo is vetted to the highest quality is maintained. However, this year, SAADA will have one item on display that does not qualify to be there. Find out which item is a fake and enter your details on the entry form provided at the expo. The winner will be drawn at 6pm on the 4th of October.
Treasure-hunters can peruse through collections at leisure and meet top clients in the know at the opening gala on the 1st of October. The trendy cocktail event promises an evening of live music, delectable canapés, complimentary wine and Steenberg MCC. SAADA also presents Delicious Design on the 2nd of October, which includes a talk by Jeremy Du Mughn, specialist dealer and design thought leader, an artisan lunch, complimentary Steenberg MCC, goodie bags, and much more. In addition to this, SAADA’s CEO, Paul Mrkusic will lead a guided walk through the expo giving informative insights into each collection.
2015 marks fifty-two years since SAADA’s inauguration. Currently representing about fifty dealers nationally, SAADA association maintains standards similar to those of their UK equivalents in ensuring the probity of members and the quality of items they offer. Applicants wanting to join have to have been in business for at least three years before being considered for membership. Membership is recognition of their specialised experience and contribution to the South African art industry.
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October 2015
At The Wanderers Club, 21 North Road, Illovo, Johannesburg
10am to 6pm daily
R100.00 per person
Tickets available at the door
Thursday 1st October 2015
6PM – 9PM
R150.00 per person
Book online on www.saada.co.za
Friday 2nd October 2015
10.00: All day access to SAADA Jhb Expo
11.30: Exclusive entrance to Jeremy Du Mughn’s “The Bear, the Clam & the Swan” 20th century Design presentation.
13.00: Artisan lunch paired with Steenburg bubbly
14.30: ‘Design through Time’ walk-through with SAADA CEO Paul Mrkusic.
R220.00 per person
Book online on www.saada.co.za
For tickets to the Gala Opening or Delicious Design, visit SAADA’s website: www.saada.co.za
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