Museums and galleries reopen post lockdown

September 30, 2020


As we cautiously venture out into the world following a long period of isolation, we can truly appreciate what we’ve been missing out on. Feeding the soul with art is a reminder of the beauty and creativity of humanity.

Whilst adhering to the Lockdown regulations, museums and other art spaces are opening to the public, allowing us to enjoy the curated exhibitions in person once again.

As a reminder of our heritage, take a tour of the recently reopened Liliesleaf museum and heritage site on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Learn about the history and visit Liliesleaf.

Javett-UP reopened on Heritage Day, with a new temporary sculpture exhibition, Shaping the Grain. This 18-piece drive-through sculpture exhibition, curated by Gerard de Kamper of the University of Pretoria, is a first for a South African gallery.

Zeitz MOCAA is set to reopen on 22 October 2020 with a call for entries to their “Home Is Where The Art Is: Art Is Where The Home Is” exhibition. The open submission exhibition invites Capetonians as participants as well as visitors.

‘Home is Where the Art is: Art Is Where The Home Is’


The Joburg Contemporary Art Foundation (JCAF), a non-profit organisation, opened their doors to showcase Contemporary Female Identities in the Global South, and explores the multiple constructions of female identities by five women artists whose practice is embedded in the Global South. Featuring artists Bharti Kher, Nandipha Mntambo, Wangechi Mutu, Shirin Neshat, and Berni Searle.

The exhibitions which mark the reopening of Norval Foundation in September  include works by some of South Africa’s most inspiring rising artists including iiNyanga Zonyaka (The Lunar Songbook): Athi-Patra RugaAlt and Omega: Jackson Hlungwani, And Then You See Yourself: Zanele Muholi and also feature Recent Acquisitions by the Homestead Collection.

See the virtual tour here.

iiNyanga Zonyaka: Athi-Patra Ruga
Image by: Michael Hall, Cape Town.

Online exhibitions continue to grow in strength as shown by The Goodman Gallery’s launch of William Kentridge’s animations five-day-long video programme (29 September-3 October).

Three decades of William Kentridge’s animations will be shown exclusively through the gallery’s website. Each selection of videos is available for only 24 hours.

On Saturday, 3 October, watch the Premiere of City Deep (2020) on The Art Newspaper website, 9 minutes 41 seconds.