The RMB Turbine Art Fair 2020 Goes Online

WORDS Palesa Kgasane IMAGES courtesy of RMB Turbine Art Fair


The RMB Turbine Art Fair, which will be held online from 27 August – 13 September 2020, promises to be a diverse showcase of emerging art in Africa.

The five-day Art Fair includes a walkabout programme as well as the highly-anticipated talks programme hosted by curators, artists like Mary Sibande, collectors, and other industry professionals. There will also be a segment for artists titled “Conversations With Artists and Visionaries”, featuring the likes of Thania Petersen, Sthenjwa Luthuli and Featured Artist Jake Singer. Participating galleries will have virtual booths where viewers will be able to browse and interact with artworks.

Jake Michael Singer – They Who Created Themselves

“We believe that investing in art starts with contextualising the talent behind the art, therefore, through this programme we hope to bring art to life for both our clients and virtual attendees, to provide them with an opportunity to support young and diverse African artists with a better perspective and understanding of their craft,” says Eric Enslin, CEO of RMB Private Bank, the main sponsor of the talks and walkabout programme.

This year, art lovers can virtually access the main exhibition for free by registering online – this is an important aspect of making art accessible and allowing supporters from everywhere and anywhere to join. For avid collectors, tickets can be purchased for the VIP Preview taking place the day before the official opening.

Thania Petersen – I Am Royal (Location 1)

Worth noting are the talks included as part of this year’s programme, all of which deal with different subjects within the art world to offer both visual beauty and insight.

Make sure not to miss Parallel Lives with Gladys Mgudlandlu and Maggie Laubser, presented by Strauss & Co’s Wilhelm van Rensburg, and Tactile Visions – Woven, moderated by curator, artist and Professor Sharlene Khan. This new addition to the talks programme features artists specialising in the mediums of performance, painting, dance and photography, responding to the notion of  “materiality” and “tactility”.

Gladys Mgudlandlu – Birds Over a Field

Visit turbineartfair.co.za to view the full programme. Missed our feature about the Fair’s COVID-19 photographic project, Stilled Life? Read about it here.