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Current exhibitions



Lifescapes: Six Object Biographies

 1 February - 9 July 2017

Mboko_bowl bearing figure_detail of headsWits Art Museum is excited to invite you to Lifescapes, an exhibition that is the culmination of an innovative post-graduate course entitled ‘Writing Art’s Histories’, run by the Wits History of Art department. The course requires each student to write the ‘biography’ of a single object from WAM’s collection. The exhibition presents six objects researched by students in 2015 in dialogue with other objects and pictures, evoking aspects of their wider lives that students uncovered. The biographies are published in detail in an accompanying book of the same name. Lifescapes is the third in a series of linked books and exhibitions based on postgraduate object biography research and we are delighted to host it at WAM for the first time.

Artist unrecorded (attributed to Kitwa Biseke). Mboko (bowl-bearing figure). Luba, Democratic Republic of the Congo. c.1930, patinated wood, (w) 31 x (h) 53 x (d) 30.4 cm. Wits Museum of Ethnology Collection (Wits Art Museum).



Overtime: representations, values and imagined futures of 'classical African Art'

22 February - 23 April 2017

Overtime - Press image

Overtime is a collaborative exhibition that includes both past and present WAM student staff. The participants were encouraged to engage the museum’s ‘classical African Art’ collection from which they produced new multimedia works in order to question the value of the classical African items and the making of meaning.

The exhibition explores the various ways that African cultural material has been, is and can be represented, valued and imagined in the future. It considers the ideologies that have influenced archaic visions of the African cultural material, art and Africa itself. Thus, critical to the exhibition is the idea of the cultural material having relevance and meaning over time



Curated by Tatenda Magaisa and Katleho Shoro
Anathi Bukani, Kevyah Cardoso, Michael Cheesman, Rosa Elk, Luke Gibson, Leigh Leyde, Lebogang Mabusela, Gontse Mathabathe, Boitumelo Molalugi, Boitumelo Motau, Maxine Thomik and Matshelane Xhakaza.



Moses Tladi (1903 - 1959) 

15 March - 16 July 2017

Moses Tladi. No 1 Crown Mines. Undated. Oil on canvas board. 350 x 500mm. Angela Read Lloyd private collection. Image courtesy of Print Matters. 

Wits Art Museum (WAM) is excited to host the seminal exhibition, Moses Tladi (1903-1959) in celebration of Moses Tladi. Previously shown at Iziko South African National Gallery (SANG), Johannesburg viewers will now have the opportunity to explore the life and work of one of South Africa's great, but largely unknown landscape painters. Many of the works on the exhibition come from the Tladi family's private collection.

Moses Tladi. No 1 Crown Mines. Undated. Oil on canvas board. 35 x 50 cm. Angela Read Lloyd private collection. Image courtesy of Print Matters. 

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