Lucie de Moyencourt’s City Bowl & Beyond Exhibition at Chandler House

WORDS Cheri Morris

Chandler House‘s last solo exhibition of the decade, City Bowl & Beyond by artist Lucie de Moyencourt, explores not only some of Cape Town’s most beloved haunts, but the characters that energise its architecture.

Three years ago, Chandler House hosted Lucie’s 50 x City Bowl exhibition, featuring ink paintings of Cape Town that depict everything from scenic mountain peaks to the chaos of the city centre. City Bowl & Beyond is a continuation of that show and nostalgically begins where Lucie last left off: The City Hall.

In her latest version, the architecture – previously a focal point – stands down to allow rugby hero Siya Kolisi riding a sea of fans to take the spotlight. This work sets the tone for the rest of the show: Capetonians of every kind play the protagonists, while Cape Town spaces lend supporting roles.

The show is an ink-on-paper version of the digital gallery one may find in any long-staying Capetonian’s phone. From arresting mountain-kissing-seascapes dotted with sun-dappled promenade joggers to the bustle of bodies buzzing upon Lion’s Head and the glinting of previously-loved goods at the Milnerton Market; there’s a little piece of home for Mother City dwellers in every work. The show ends off further afield in the Klein Karoo, cracking a nod to where the artist may be headed in future works.

The show runs from 30 November to 24 December 2019 at Chandler House. For more information, visit