Additions to Oliewenhuis’ permanent collection

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An exhibition of artworks acquired in the last three years for Oliewenhuis Art Museum’s Permanent Collection may currently be viewed in the Main Building of the Art Museum. This includes purchased artworks as well as those donated to Oliewenhuis Art Museum.
South Africa has produced a number of celebrated artists whose works have become highly regarded both locally and abroad. This exhibition, which includes artworks by Roger Ballen, Nhlanhla Xaba, Zak Benjamin, Antonia Steyn, Vulindlela Nyoni, Helena Hugo, Nandipha Mntambo and Manfred Zylla, showcases a diverse range of styles and media, including various photographic works.
The exhibition also includes artworks acquired by the National Museum in earlier years before Oliewenhuis Art Museum was established, but which were added to the Oliewenhuis Art Museum’s Permanent Collection only after research proved that these were valuable works by South African artists. These include a painting by Septimus Roos, depicting the old Parthenon shop in Zastron Street in Bloemfontein.
Oliewenhuis Art Museum is committed to building a representative collection of fine South African art and has shown a steady and interesting growth in its collection since 1989. The Permanent Collection currently comprises almost 1400 artworks, all by South African artists. Part of the Museum’s vision is to enrich people’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of cultural heritage and all acquisitions are made with the approval of the Art Museum’s Advisory Committee.
The New Acquisitions Exhibition will be on view from Friday, 14 to Sunday, 23 June 2013. For more information, please contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum on 051 011 0525 (ext 611) or oliewen@nasmus.co.za, or visit www.nasmus.co.za.