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Hope for Life

‘My dreams my aspirations’

 hope for life children

HIV/AIDS affects us all. Still today at the closure of the first decade of the twenty first century we still do not have a cure. More and more we are waking up to the realization and the acceptance that prevention is cure. The scourge of this fatal illness has ravaged our parents, brothers and sisters and has left behind affected vulnerable orphans.

This initiative of the Education and Development Programme of the Pretoria Art Museum, the Children Tile Art Project, has been incepted with the aim to involve vulnerable children from our communities in Tshwane, this project that gives them an opportunity to express their challenges, wishes and aspirations through practical art making processes; leading to the production of a body of work which is on exhibition during the month of December to mark the international HIV/AIDS month.

The Pretoria Art Museum is greatly indebted to the Hope For Life Orphanage, which has branches in both Lotus Garden and Jeffsville (Saulsville), for responding positively to the invitation by giving 16 children under the care of the shelter the opportunity to be part of the Children Tile Art Project for the current year.

The NGO Hope For Life provides

1. After care for the children

2. Help the children with school home work

3. HIV/AIDS counseling

The Pretoria Art Museum will also like to thank the team work of Art Beat Foundation and Ithuteng Art Outreach Project, who devices a four day workshop programme spaced over four weeks, of which the facilitators were meeting with the children once every Saturday. The following were the contents covered by the workshops:

• Introductory Guided tour to the Pretoria Art Museum and some art terms

• Drawing Techniques

• Composition and Collage

• Collagraph

The workshop remain true to the dictum

‘Skill transference and non content imposing’

This dictum saw to it that the facilitators only walked with the children shoulder to shoulder in terms of introducing the art making techniques however distancing themselves from determining the nature of the work done by the children once the theme ‘My dreams my aspirations’ was given to the children to work with. The facilitators were available for guidance, to help the children realize the finished pieces and their full potential in terms of their individuality, primarily and ultimately to represent Hope for Life when their work is considered as a collective. The Pretoria Art Museum is forever indebted to the knowledge, skill and dedication of the facilitators.

Lastly on behalf of the City of Tshwane the Pretoria Art Museum would like to extend warm thanks to SANAVA (South African National Association for the Visual Arts) and the trustees of the Charl Van Der Merwe Trust for once more making this Project a reality.

The Hope For Life children will be available for interactions and walkabout of their work on 11 December 10:00 to 12:00. The public is welcome to meet and interact with the children on that day.

for more details:

Contact: Mmutle Arthur Kgokong

Call 012 344 1807/8

mmutlekg@tshwane.gov.za

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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.