Diary: Local Virtual Exhibitions

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You can view numerous exhibitions at galleries and museums both online or by appointment. We’ve rounded up a list of virtual tours and shows for you to enjoy.

Cape Institute For Architecture 

Gawie Fagan: Celebrating a Life’s Work Retrospective Exhibition

Until 19 February 2021

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In honour of the esteemed architect, family man, musician, scholar, pilot and seaman, the Cape Institute For Architecture, together with the Fagan family, has curated an exhibition of his life’s work. The retrospective exhibition will feature a curated exhibition that pays appropriate tribute to Gawie’s broad range of contributions to our city and country’s built environment and architectural heritage.

For more information, visit cifa.org.za

The Galileo Open Air Cinema, Cape Town

Various dates until 5 March 2021

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The team behind Cape Town’s pioneer outdoor cinema, The Galileo Open Air Cinema, is back for another summer of movie magic under a canopy of stars. There are three concepts for their ninth consecutive season, namely The Galileo Royale, The Galileo Picnic and The Galileo Drive-In:

The Galileo Royale is a brand-new spin-off to the popular Galileo screenings taking place every Wednesday. Lap up the luxury and the royal treatment with a one-hour live music performance, movie, backrest, blanket, welcome drink, appetiser and popcorn – all included in your ticket price. This experience only caters for a limited number of movie-goers, so pre-booking is essential.

The Galileo Picnic provides the classic and cherished Galileo experience, with a local artisanal market, giant lawn games and social picnic before the start of the movie at sunset. Friends and families come together on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at the magnificent Kirstenbosch Gardens and various wine estates across the Cape Winelands.

The Galileo Drive-In will form part of The Galileo’s schedule every Friday, as the need for a COVID-friendly option has been appreciated by movie-goers. With a range of family-friendly favourites lined-up, you can park backwards and cuddle up with your loved ones and pillows and blankets in the boot. Pre-order a selection of goodies with your tickets or bring along your favourite snacks for a nostalgic night out.

To view the movie schedule, venues and to book your tickets, visit thegalileo.co.za.


Until 2 May 2021

Waiting for Gebane Solo Exhibition by Senzeni Marasela

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The exhibition traces significant themes in Senzeni Marasela’s practice, particularly in relation to the persona and alter ego of the artist, Theodorah. Inspired by, and in femage to her mother, Senzeni has over the last sixteen years explored the role of Black working women in South Africa, subjected to the devastating effects of migration, patriarchy and apartheid. Through printmaking, drawing, performance, and mixed-media installations involving textiles and embroidery, Senzeni’s work unpacks history, memory and personal narrative, emphasising historical gaps and overlooked figures.

Alfredo Jaar The Rwanda Project 1994-2000 Solo Exhibition

Until 23 May 2021

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This captivating exhibition is an attempt to honour the victims of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.

The exhibition includes a large selection of works from the artist’s six-year project that began when he travelled to Rwanda and surrounding countries in August 1994 to witness and document the stories of survivors.

For more information, visit zeitzmocaa.museum.

Norval Foundation

Alt and Omega: Jackson Hlungwani

Until 26 July 2021

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Photo: Michael Hall

Jackson Hlungwani (1923 – 2010) was born into a XiTsonga-speaking family that prided itself as being part of a Shangaan warrior lineage. Growing up in rural Limpopo and northern Mpumalanga, he never attended school and, as a child, herded the family goats and sheep. When he was old enough his father taught him to carve, as his father had before him, transferring skills, familiar styles and underlying concepts common to the community.

iiNyanga Zonyaka: Athi-Patra Ruga

Until 26 July 2021

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Photo: Michael Hall

In the first iteration of Athi-Patra Ruga’s iiNyanga Zonyaka — The Lunar Story Book — his story world takes the form of a window vinyl, permeating the space like the mouth of the universe, opening out of the atrium. Inspired by the stained glass of a church, the translucent film depicts a visual narrative which cross-pollinates through various time zones.

For more information, visit norvalfoundation.org.

THK Gallery

Falls Of Abundance

From 9 June

Cape Town’s THK gallery is hosting an online exhibition of Abdus Salaam’s work, “Falls Of Abundance”, from 9 June, and another show, “Soft As Stone”, in January 2022. It will also exhibit his work at a number of international art fairs later this year.

For more information, visit thkgallery.com

Investec Cape Town Art Fair Digital Event

17 – 19 September 2021

Investec Cape Town Art Fair Digital Event

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, together with Artshell and the fair’s Italian owner and producer Fiera Milano,is partnering with Milan-basedmiart for an all-digital event during Milan Art this September. This collaboration between the two art fairs will provide a unique opportunity whereby galleries and visitors will have access to a much broader audience across two continents.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair Digital Event will feature local and international galleries with the theme ‘Connect Through Art from Africa and the World’. 

For more information, visit investeccapetownartfair.co.za