What’s On: Art Exhibitions to See in 2024

Shared Roots Renata Larroyd

WORDS Gina Dionisio PHOTOS Ricardo Simal (Rich Mnisi); Hayden Phipps (Justine Mahoney); Boschendal x Brundyn Art (Paris Brummer)


Here’s our round-up of local exhibitions and shows for you to enjoy in 2024. We’ll be adding to this list throughout the year.

FEBRUARY

Shared Roots by Renata Larroyd

5 February – 29 February 2024 | Nosso

Brazilian photographer Renata Larroyd’s Shared Roots exhibition delves into the cultural connections between Brazil and South Africa. The exhibition is an  immersive journey into a world where storytelling, culture, and art converge. Larroyd has curated a visually captivating and culturally rich experience that goes beyond a mere display of photographs.

Brood by Brett Murray

2 February – 30 March 2024 | Everard Read Johannesburg

South African Exhibitions to See in 2024
South African Exhibitions to See in 2024
South African Exhibitions to See in 2024

Brood delves into the theme of comfort, safety, and the importance of family and friends in a world filled with conflict and uncertainty. Brett Murray’s sculptures and reliefs explore these concepts, drawing inspiration from his experiences during the Covid lockdown with his own family. The artworks depict elephants embracing and groups of monkeys huddled together, reflecting on the bonds of kinship and the desire to protect loved ones during challenging times. Through his artwork, Murray explores the importance of human relationships and the sanctuary they provide during life’s challenges and transitions.


Mother Land by Deborah Bell

8 February – 6 April 2024 | Everard Read Johannesburg

South African Exhibitions to See in 2024

Mother Land explores Deborah Bell’s journey from South Africa to New Zealand during the Covid-19 pandemic. Through these mixed media pieces, she reflects on her seismic relocation, intertwining themes of mortality, spirituality, and familial connections. The exhibition highlights the influence of New Zealand’s landscape and culture on Bell’s work, as she navigates her identity between her African roots and her connection to her mother’s homeland. Symbolic motifs like the geisha and baobabs represent this duality, as she contemplates the possibility of building a life between two worlds.


Dzuvula by Rich Mnisi

8 February – 18 April 2024 | Southern Guild

South African Exhibitions to See in 2024
South African Exhibitions to See in 2024

Rich Mnisi’s solo exhibition Dzuvula (Shedding Skin) expands on the themes of duality and fluidity introduced in the designer’s previous collection, Nyoka (2021). Through sculptural bronze furniture, lighting, and a hand-woven rug, the exhibition explores the interplay between the mundane and the magical, the matriarchal and magisterial. The snake motif, symbolising fear and beauty, recurs throughout the collection, disrupting borders and edges with its undulating movement. References to the Bushongo mythological god, Bumba, and the creation of life are intertwined with elements of regurgitation and primordial soup depicted in the artworks. Collaborating closely with Southern Guild and various artists, the designer emphasises a commitment to promoting craft and South African handwork. Intimacy emerges as a central theme, reflected in the forms of the artworks and their interaction with the viewer, inviting a deeper connection and comprehension.


VIGIL by Justine Mahoney

8 February – 18 April 2024 | Southern Guild

South African Exhibitions to See in 2024
South African Exhibitions to See in 2024

VIGIL is an exploration of Jungian archetypes through sculpted figures and large-scale paintings. During the pandemic, Justine Mahoney delved into Jungian meditation, encountering the “Mythopoetic Imagination” and visualising vivid manifestations of the archetypes. The process involved extensive research into Tarot, Plato’s theory of forms, and Jung’s journals. Mahoney’s sculptures disrupt traditional forms, embodying transgressive, hybridised figuration, and symbolising primal human experiences. The figures, standing on plinths, represent a convergence of inner and outer worlds. Paintings on fabric correspond to the sculptures, capturing the archetypes’ essence in graphic form. VIGIL reinterprets ancient knowledge in the context of contemporary upheaval, emphasising collective humanity and shared mythologies.


Boschendal x Brundyn Art

10 February – 30 March 2024 | Boschendal Estate

South African Exhibitions to See in 2024

The art exhibition at Brundyn Arts & Culture showcases the work of contemporary South African photographer Lebohang Kganye. Titled The Sea is History, it features four large-scale pop-up sculptures on the grounds of Boschendal Estate, along with a solo exhibition titled Mmoloki wa Mehopolo: Breaking Bread with a Wanderer inside the Manor House. Kganye’s work expands the boundaries of photography, exploring themes of heritage, migration, and family archives. Through innovative techniques, she creates juxtapositions between light and shadow, memory and history, inviting viewers on an immersive journey of discovery through interactive sculptures.


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