Category: Exhibition Program

STILLNESS and DARK CITY DREAMS by MICHAEL MEYERSFELD | 28 October 2015 to 31 January 2016 | North Gallery

The internationally recognised Johannesburg-based photographer Michael Meyersfeld is exhibiting two of his latest collections of photographs at the Pretoria Art Museum. Meyersfeld’s work schedule revolves around his personal fine art projects and commercial work for the advertising industry, both in South Africa and abroad. With his remarkable use of and play with light, he draws the eye to the mystery beyond the phenomenon. Close to 60 photographs will be on exhibition.

The collection titled Stillness represents a distilled and superbly refined body of work, where Meyersfeld uses a visual language to describe the human condition and prompts the viewer to rethink notions such as fragility, brevity and illusive peace.

Dark City Dreams consists of fifteen staged images that portray the intrinsic hope of Alexandra and furthers Ubuntu, the universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.

FRAGILE HISTORIES, FUGITIVE LIVES by KEITH DIETRICH | 21 October 2015 to 17 January 2016 | South Gallery

Fragile histories, fugitive lives is a compelling body of work by Keith Dietrich conceptualised to draw from our history and engage with current debates and issues. The works are stimulated by the artist’s serious historical research and have a direct relevance to our contemporary attempts to build a cohesive society. Through the interaction between words, images and materials, Dietrich has endeavoured to examine the interplay between histories and social and political differences in South Africa. By so doing, he has attempted to bring about a dialogue between the past and present, and between difference and diversity. As such, the artist believes that this work explores a new way of understanding the world folded into the self.

A STORY OF SOUTH AFRICAN ART | Ongoing | Albert Werth Hall

This selection of artworks from the permanent collection of the Pretoria Art Museum briefly reviews South African art. It includes the works by early 20th century painters, Resistance artists of the 1980s, and artists of the 21st century. The exhibition is based on the secondary school syllabus, and the artworks are rotated regularly.


A selection of ceramics is on display, representing the development of studio ceramics and the work of traditional rural potters in South Africa over the past 30 years. Newly acquired ceramic pieces are added throughout the year.


UMLAMBO UZWIWA NGE DONDOLO, by BAMBO SIBIYA | 19 November to 13 December 2016 | Preiss Hall

Opening: Thursday, 19 November at 18:30

Bambo Sibiya has performed extremely well in South African art competitions in recent years: in 2012 he was a finalist in the Absa L’Atelier top ten awards, and the winner of the prestigious Gerard Sekoto Award, which granted a three month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2013. Working at the the APS Gallery, he has also worked on the large scale linocuts of several leading artists such as William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Norman Catherine and Colbert Mashile.

Rich stylistic detail and textures mark Bambo Sibiya’s linocuts and drypoint works, which seem to give insight into masculine identity and community on the streets of Johannesburg.  Sibiya has found inspiration in the social realists – Hogarth’s social allegories, Goya’s Disasters of War and Diane Victor’s Disasters of Peace – and has been strongly engaged with the theme of poverty in his local community, including the role of single mothers as heads of their households.  In his current work Sibiya has shifted his focus to the lifestyle that developed around migrant communities.

For enquiries please contact the Alliance Française of Pretoria at 012 343 6563 or


We invite you to make use of our Art Library which houses books on South African Art, African Art,  Western Art as well as Crafts and Ceramics. Our library is accessible by appointment from Tuesday to Friday 10:00 to 03:00.


Published 21 years after Lucas Sithole passed away and more than 35 years after the first exhibition catalogue was printed in 1979, this publication covers major works in private, corporate and public collections throughout the world, being a brief introduction to 100 selected sculptures.

This publication should be a valuable document for museums, art libraries, researchers, educationalists and galleries. This monograph includes a brief biography, stories and legends about the sculptures of Lucas Sithole, a list of public and institutional collections, selected references and statements about Lucas Sithole, and extracts from the artist’s handwritten private diary from 1985.

The publication is available in South Africa from Clarke’s Bookshop in Cape Town ( or from the publisher (the Haenggi Foundation Inc. at The ISBN is 978-3-033-04655-9.



Option A: South African Art

Time: Tuesdays to Fridays between 10:00 and 13:00

Duration: One hour

Number of visitors: No more than 100 per appointment

Cost: R20,00 per person for learners (entrance fee of R5,00 included); R37,00 per person for adults (entrance fee of R22,00 included)

Option B: Children’s Gallery

A fun-filled tour for children between the ages of 4 and 10.

Time: Tuesdays to Saturdays between 10:00 and 13:00

Duration: Two hours

Number of learners: 20 learners per hour (divided into groups of five)

Cost: R20,00 per learner (entrance fee of R5,00 included)


Bookings are essential and can be made with Mmutle Arthur Kgokong (tel: 012 358 6752 or fax: 012 344 1809).



Adults – R22,00; pensioners/students – R11,00; learners – R5,00

Open to the public:

Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00 to 17:00

Closed on Mondays and public holidays

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This entry is taken from the speech presented  at the opening of the PELMAMA Art Exhibition held on 11 November 2009

Since the opening of the Pretoria Art Museum in 1964 there was a close relationship with the Haenggi’s. It started with a donation of a drawing by Frans Oerder to the Pretoria Art Museum by Madame Fernande Marie-Louise Haenggi.

Mr Fernand Haenggi was the Co-owner and co-director of Gallery 101, Johannesburg, established jointly with his mother, Madame Haenggi, and operating from 1961. The Gallery 101 Group had at its peak 3 branches in Johannesburg. He left the 101 Group in 1972 to start his own gallery, taking over the Hyde Park Corner Branch in Johannesburg, operating henceforth as Gallery 21 Johannesburg, concentrating on top modern South African and international art.

The character of Gallery 21 was somewhat different from the catch-all character of Madame Haenggi’s gallery.  Fernand leaned towards contemporary styles in both local and international art, and he tended to concentrate on a small group of artists, whom he nurtured and promoted.  He devoted energy and effort to fostering his exhibitors, exposing them on major exhibitions in South Africa and abroad, publishing books about their work and issuing folios of their graphic prints.   

Mr Haenggi was dynamically involved in the South African art market from 1961 until 1993, and also the driving force behind PELMAMA, when he decided to retire and settle in Switzerland, his home country. In 1979, Mr Haenggi organised a Lucas Sithole retrospective exhibition at Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, which was then shown at the Pretoria Art Museum in 1979.

As from 1991, The Haenggi Foundation Inc. donated and loaned a number of important art works to the Pretoria Art Museum, in recognition of the many years of congenial cooperation. This included works by many exciting South African artists covering the period of the 1960’s to the 1980’s. It consisted of mostly graphic artworks and a collection of ceramics. The donation of ceramics was a very considerable addition to the small collection already brought together by the Art Museum and almost doubled the Museum’s ceramic collection at that stage. The Haenggi Foundation received a variety of art objects from the collection of Gertrude Agranat and some of the ceramics that came to the Museum stems from this bequest. From 1991 onward the Museum received various artworks on loan from the Haenggi Foundation.

All works of art donated over the years to The Haenggi Foundation by artists or private collectors have been passed on freely to public museums in South Africa, as part of the PELMAMA Permanent Art Collection. In 1995, the donation was extended to include works and items from the studio of Lucas Sithole. All the artworks donated and on loan became an integral part of the Pretoria Art Museum’s exhibitions.

On the occasion of Mr Haenggi’s 75th birthday in January, 2009, all works until now loaned to the Pretoria Art Museum through The Haenggi Foundation Inc. are to be considered freely donated to the Pretoria Art Museum. This gift is all the more meaningful and significant in the light of the financial constraints under which art museums have to deliver, and the lack of funding for acquisitions.

With this exhibition the Pretoria Art Museum would like to acknowledge the generosity of Mr Fernand Haenggi for this tremendous donation.