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Featuring 60 works by 40 artists under the age of 40, this year’s KRONE X WHATIFTHEWORLD showcase is currently taking place at Twee Jonge Gezellen – the home of Krone Cap Classique – in Tulbagh. Definitely one of the unmissable cultural events of the summer, the exhibition represents a celebratory moment for contemporary art, drawing on young talent from across the African continent – and beyond.
Most of the pieces on show were created during the Covid-19 pandemic, with selected artworks placed together in conversation; the idea is to experience all 60 pieces in relation to one another. Much of the art explores renewed negotiations of intimacy and sociality, and mediums span painting, photography, sculpture, murals, video, mixed media and installation. The artists – some up-and-coming, others well-established – represent a generation determined to flip the script, and manifest new ways of making and being in the world. Lakin Ogunbanwo (Nigeria), Stephané Edith Conradie (Namibia), Sepideh Mehraban (Iran), Chris Soal (South Africa) and Ronald Muchatuta (Zimbabwe) are just a few of the noteworthy participants – and among the many standout works to look forward to are oil-paint-and-plaster sculptures by Mia Chaplin; a delicate pencil drawing by Dada Khanyisa; beadwork sculptures by Asemahle Ntlonti, in collaboration with Noxolo Dyosi and Pumla Lempuku; and large-scale woodblock reliefs by Sthenjwa Luthuli.
Because of the way it’s been laid out, this exhibition is hugely enjoyable to explore, with a map connecting visitors to various installation sites. There are seven indoor and outdoor locations in total, situated across the Twee fi It makes for several hours of enjoyable exploration and contemplation, with the nearby Krone Cap Classique tasting room, set against a majestic mountain and vineyard backdrop, providing an opportunity for refreshment
Jonge Gezellen estate, and the exhibition route is carefully ordered from start to finish. Beginning at the KRONE X WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery premises, the show leads out to the gardens before winding its way to the cellar annex and arcade, and finishing at the reception area. Visit the gallery website for details of guided public walkabouts, and for information about artists’ activations, for which bookings are required.
For more information on the exhibition, visit whatiftheworld.com/krone