Strauss & Co, the leading auction house on the African continent, recently announced the opening of their new artistic office space in Cape Town in 2023 at Brickfield Canvas, the creative hub and technology campus located in Woodstock, Cape Town.
The inaugural exhibition programme in February will unveil two special projects: a public exhibition showcasing the works of art to be offered in a new auction format, Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa, which will take place on 28 February 2023, and a non-commercial exhibition devoted to Ezrom Legae and Sydney Kumalo, in anticipation of the first ever catalogue raisonné for these two internationally celebrated South African modernist sculptors, titled Sculptures of Sydney Kumalo & Ezrom Legae to be launched later in the year.
Strauss & Co’s new pan-African auction will feature collectable art by pioneering modernist and contemporary artists selected by five leading curators from important art centres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Early highlights include works by contemporary artists Pierre-Christophe Gam, Cyrus Kabiru, Zanele Muholi, Simphiwe Ndzube, Thierry Oussou, Athi-Patra Ruga, Cinga Samson and Tafadzwa Tega.
“It is a celebration of African achievement,” says Bina Genovese, Managing Executive, Strauss & Co. “The auction will present works by renowned African artists to the public at a time when Cape Town, a global art capital, is the centre of attention. I have no doubt that this new sale will broaden dialogue among artists and collectors from across the African continent and beyond, as well as provide networking opportunities for art professionals.”
Main image – Strauss & Co New Building – Cape Town. Sourced from: Strauss & Co