Tag Archive: Art Exhibitions in Tshwane

International Museum Week

Memory + Creativity = Social Change

14 May – 19 May 2013

 pretoria art museum

1.        What is International Museum Day all is about?

International Museum Day celebrates the importance of museums around the world on 18 May every year. It serves as a platform to raise awareness to the public on the role that museums play in the development of our societies. International museum day was established by international council of museums (ICOM) in 1977, to date more than 30 000 museums in 100 countries have participated, it’s a day dedicated to the celebration of Art, Science and history all over the word. International Museum Day gives communities around the world a great opportunity to visit, appreciate and support their local museum.

2.        History of Pretoria Art museum

The Pretoria Art Museum was erected by the City council of Pretoria in 1962 and it was opened officially on 20 May 1964 to house its growing art collection that had become a permanent collection since 1912. The collection was originally housed in the City Hall. In addition to collecting South African Modern art over the years the Pretoria Art Museum has acquired graphic works by a number of famous international artists.

3           Arcadia Park

The Pretoria Art Museum is located in Aarcadia park Cnr Wessels & Francis Baard (formerly known as Schoeman) street


• Although entrance fee to the museum if free during international museum week, a guided tour is still ideal to experience whats on show. The museum provides guided tours to make the present exhibitions accessible to the visitors. It is advisable to book for a guided tour because you will be taken around the museum by professionally trained tour guides who have better understanding of the visual arts and are armed with information on the current exhibitions on show.

•Guided tours give visitors the opportunity to interact with the exhibitions and ask questions regarding artworks on show

Mmutle Arthur Kgokong

Culture Officer: Education Development Programme

012 344 1807/8 (08:00 – 16:00)



Rudzani Mabugana

Education Assistant

071 431 2666 (09:00 – 14:00)



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 info.pretoria@alliance.org.za


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 (books@clarkesbooks.co.za) or from the publisher (the Haenggi Foundation Inc. at pelmama.thf@gmail.com). 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

Pretoria Art Museum

Cnr Francis Baard and Wessels Streets

Arcadia Park, Arcadia

Tel: 012 358 6750 | www.pretoriaartmuseum.co.za

Email: art.museum@tshwane.gov.za

GPS: Lat: 25°44’53.63”S Long: 28°12’45.20”E

9 to 14 November 2010


The body of work comprising the Cross-pollination exhibition is the result of 15 weeks of practical art-making workshops in which the Education Assistants of the Pretoria Art Museum and adults from Lethabo le Khutso participated.

Lethabo le Khutso is a non-profit organisation committed to providing in the unique needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder, such as accommodation and skills training.

The aim with the workshops was to produce a varied collection of artworks. So the art-making techniques practised at the workshops ranged from drawing to weaving and printmaking, all of which were part of a programme that was conceptualised by the Education Assistants under the auspices of the Creative Industries Consortium. The Lethabo le Khutso artists exceeded expectations with their impressive creativity.

The Pretoria Art Museum provides educational programmes that introduce Tshwane communities to fine art through guided tours of its collections and practical art-making workshops. In this the Education Assistants play a vital role. Some participate in the workshops and others curate the resultant exhibitions.

The Cross-pollination exhibition opens on 9 November at 12:00 and runs until 26 November.

The Corobrik Collection is a collection of ceramics that represents the development of studio ceramics and the work of the rural traditional potters of South Africa over the past thirty years. Linked to this development is also the growth of the Association of Potter of Southern Africa (APSA).

APSA was founded in 1972 and is the official representative body of potters in Southern Africa. It has branches in the Western and Eastern Cape, Kwa Zulu-Natal and has three branches that make up the Gauteng region. The objective of the Association is to promote ceramics in South Africa by improving the work being produced and to foster an interest in ceramics by the general public. This is done by presenting workshops and organizing exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally. National Ceramics Quartely, a full coloured magazine is the official publication of APSA.

Initially the collection was started by Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery who in 1977 became the sponsors of the APSA National and Regional Exhibitions and purchased the winning pieces from this exhibition to start a contemporary ceramics collection. When in 1982 Corobrik became the sponsors of APSA the pieces acquired by SFW became the beginning of the Corobrik Collection. The acquisition of the winning pieces from the Exhibitions continued  and pieces were also contributed by APSA. This process continued until 1992 when Corobrik ceased the sponsorship of the exhibition and in 1996 created a trust between itself and APSA to ensure the future of the collection and to make funds available for the continued acquisition of contemporary South African ceramic art.

In the present economic and social situation in South Africa during this transition period, the support and sponsorship of   the arts by corporate business is very necessary and important. That Corobrik, the largest clay brick manufacturers in the country, have continued to sponsor this ceramic collection bears testimony to their commitment to the arts and is indeed welcome.

The Corobrik Collection is housed in The Pretoria Art Museum.

N.B. The Corobrik Full Exhibition of ceramics opens on 24 October at 12:00pm

the above information was taken directly from the Corobrik brochure.