Please join us from Monday to Sunday, 15 – 21 June 2020, on Oliewenhuis Art Museum’s social media platforms for the next instalment of Virtual Re-Collections, as we are commemorating Youth Day on Tuesday, 16 June 2020.

With the focus on youth and recognising the important role they play in all sectors of society, including the visual arts sector, the featured exhibition for the week is Beyond Body And Mind, an exhibition curated by the Oliewenhuis Art Museum Guides; Ntswaki Moloi, Baitumetse Moloabi, Keshia Classen, Mary-Jane Letsoalo and Bokang Nkejane. These young vibrant minds used their creative capacities and skilfully assembled a thought provoking exhibition that questions different concepts about being a woman in the 21st century.

The exhibition was curated by selecting artworks from Oliewenhuis Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, The Art Bank South Africa and the Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, University of the Free State. The exhibition features inspiring artists such as; Helen Sebidi, Diane Victor, Noria Mabasa, Justin Dingwall and Norman Catherine and they ingeniously and expertly dissect a range of themes through their diverse artistic expressions.

This annual exhibition curated by the Art Museum Guides at Oliewenhuis Art Museum under the mentorship and guidance of the Education Officer, Yolanda de Kock, forms part of the extensive training and experience provided to the Art Museum Guides during their contract period. They are offered the opportunity to realise an exhibition as a group, through the whole process from conceptualising the theme, selecting the artworks, writing the curatorial statement and press-release, as well as curating and installing the exhibition in the Annex Gallery. They also gain practical experience regarding the professional handling and installation of the artworks.

Beyond Body and Mind was on show from 27 February 2020 and will still be on show when we open to the public as soon as lockdown regulations allow.

A few of the highlights that will be featured in next week’s Virtual Re-Collections, featuring the Beyond Body and Mind exhibition, to look forward to is artist Gerrit Hattingh discussing his artwork, Les Demoiselles d’Pres Brand straat, on Tuesday. On #throwbackthursday we revisit last year’s Art Museum Guides exhibition titled, Light Conversations that shares and reflects on the challenges young and emerging artists, such as themselves, face as they strive for success in the world and the art scene. On Friday we offer a unique colouring-in activity, for all ages, designed by Toni Pretorius, artist at the National Museum.

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About Virtual Re-collections:

The Oliewenhuis Art Museum team has been hard at work to create meaningful virtual experiences for all to enjoy until we are open to the public again. Our social media followers can look forward to a variety of posts featuring images of artworks, interesting information and activities from previous exhibitions and the Oliewenhuis Art Museum Permanent Collection.

Every week will start by introducing the selected exhibition and artworks on Mondays and then continuing with posts right through the week. Posts will include images, photos, videos, interesting information and even practical activities for kids. Delving into our archives we’re discovering treasures of visual material and information, including videos of walkabouts presented by South African artists, demonstrations of techniques and catalogues produced. This affords us the wonderful opportunity to share some visual heritage in the form of past exhibitions that are still relevant or, in some instances, relevant again.

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