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The final unveiling of the Triennale 2020 took place on 20 February with the opening of the From the Vault exhibition. Comparing the collections of the Universities of Stellenbosch and Fort Hare, the exhibition features some rarely seen works and sure to attract wide interest. Artists and patrons gathered at the US Museum, which was hosted by Strauss & Co.

This historic exhibition contains works from many of the greatest masters in South African art and it’s free to the public. Bringing the magnificent University of Fort Hare Art Collection to the Stellenbosch Triennale was only possible because of two very special partners – Marsh Insurance and iToo Art Insure. We are so grateful for their support and belief in how important it was for this exhibition to take place.

 

 

 

 

 

The inaugural Stellenbosch Triennale 2020 takes place 11 February – 30 April in various locations across Stellenbosch. The event brings together the finest contemporary art from Africa for the world. See the programme below for more on the Stellenbosch Triennale 2020, and click here to download the programme and map for this unique event.


 Curators’ Exhibition

The Woodmill Lifestyle Centre, Vredenburg Road, Devon Valley

Curators Khanyisile Mbongwa and Bernard Akoi-Jackson

Situated at a major entrance to the town of Stellenbosch this anchor exhibition is curated by the Stellenbosch Triennale curators who have selected 20 artists from various countries on the African continent. The artists interpret the 2020 theme Tomorrow there will be more of us through multi-disciplinary art installations, both indoors and outdoors.

Opening hours: Tues – Fri 10:00 – 18:00 | Sat 10:00 – 16:00 | Sun 10:00 – 14:00 | Mon Closed


 On the Cusp

Libertas Parva (Little Libertas), 25-33 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch

Curators Khanyisile Mbongwa and Bernard Akoi-Jackson

An exhibition of artworks by 10 young African artists, On the Cusp is about revealing and unravelling the creative talents of tomorrow. Focused on graduating visual art students and young art practitioners who have pushed their creative boundaries and sit on the cusp of beauty and magic through their aesthetic, conceptual, critical, material choice, form or installation methods.

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Opening hours: Tues – Fri 10:00 – 18:00 | Sat 10:00 – 16:00 | Sun 10:00 – 14:00 | Mon Closed


 From the Vault

Stellenbosch University Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch

Curators Mike Tigere Mavura and Khanyisile Mbongwe | Curatorial assistant Gcotyewa Mashiqa

From the Vault exhumes archives and engages with buried museum collections as a critical resource to contextualise and map contemporary society and culture. The exhibition represents a critical engagement with time by browsing through historical acquisitions, examining their significance as fragments of the past and showing how museum vaults can be a compass for the future. This inaugural exhibition examines the university art collections from Stellenbosch University and the University of Fort Hare.

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Opening hours: Mon – Fri 09:00 – 16:30 | Sat 09:00 – 12:30 | Sun Closed


 Die Braak Pavilion

Die Braak, Stellenbosch Central

Curator Pieter Mathews

The inaugural pavilion is a fusion between the disciplines of public art, sculpture and architecture. By providing only the armature as defined structure the pavilion encourages the community to participate in its filling in, so it will “grow” throughout the Triennale. Waste materials such as discarded fishing nets, ropes, plastic bags and nylon packaging will be woven and knotted as infill material, communicating the value of waste and the future of a waste economy. An afterlife for the pavilion is envisaged: as a playground for a crèche or a shading device for local crafters. Conversations around everyday materials and their afterlives is integral to the message the pavilion portrays.


Concepts of Freedom

Curator Silas Miami

A group video art installation is on exhibition upstairs at 118 Dorp Street throughout the Triennale, with the film festival taking place from 18 March through to 21 March 2020 in Kayamandi, Jamestown and Pniel.

1.  Concepts of Freedom Group Video Installation

118 Dorp Street 

Opening hours:

Tuesday – Friday 10h00 – 18h00
Saturday – 10h00 – 16h00
Sunday – 10h00 – 14h00
Mondays closed

2.  Concepts of Freedom Meditation

The film screenings will be held in Kayamandi, Jamestown and Pniel from 18 – 21 March 2020.

Go to www.stellenboschtriennale.com for programme details.


 African Ad: Analog + Digital – Music Programme

Various locations throughout Stellenbosch

Curator Khanyisile Mbongwa

Through African AD we explore African sounds and dancing as a constant connection and conversation with the cosmos. African AD thus explores the congregation of sounds and vibrations that permeate Africa by inviting artists, musicians, DJ’s to search the archives and put into composition their encounters and experiences via this platform.


 Creative Dialogues Talks Programme

The Woodmill Lifestyle Centre, Vredenburg Road, Devon Valley

Curators Mike Tigere Mavura and Silas Miami 

The Talks Programme engages the diversity of South Africa, the continent and global art sector through short, powerful panel discussions, talk about and seminars. By extending the conversation with professionals in other fields, the Talks Programme brings together interesting and exciting insight into the topics underlined by the Triennale.

13 February 2020 – Imagination as Revolutionary Practice: Institutions

  • Session 1: Imagination as Revolutionary Practice in relation to Institutions
    • When:  13:00-14:20, Thursday 13 February 2020
    • Panellists: Tandazani Dhlakama in conversation with Ibrahim Mahama and Selom Koffi Kudjie
  • Session 2: Institutions as Sites of Experiments, Emancipatory Practices and Futuring
    • When: 14:30-15:30, Thursday 13 February 2020
    • Panellists: Ukhona Mlandu, & Nisha Von Carnap, ASAFO collective, moderated by Saziso Phiri

14 February 2020 – Imagination as Revolutionary Practice: Concepts of Freedom

  • Session 1: Imagination as Revolutionary Practice: Gestures, Intimacy & Spirituality
    • When: 13:00-14:30, Friday 14 February 2020
    • Panellists: Sethembile Msezane, Tracey Thompson, Victor Ekhmanahor and Vicky Lekone (Moderator)
  • Session 2: Concepts of Freedom
    • When: 14:30-15:30, Friday 14 February 2020
    • Panellists: Sunny Dolat, Rehema Chachage and Silas Miami (Moderator)

15 February 2020 – Imagination as Revolutionary Practice: Archives and Futuring in collaboration with Africa Open Institute

  • Session 1: Sounding and Reading Freedom
    • When: 13:00-13:20, Saturday 15 February 2020
    • Robert Machiri, Tinashe Mushakavanhu and Lizabé Lambrechts
  • Session 2: PUNGWE / Reading Zimbabwe Performance
    • When: 14:30-16:00, Saturday 15 February 2020
    • Reading Zimbabwe Performance

 The Imaginarium

Curators Andi Norton Asisipho Msitho

The Imaginarium is a supplementary, online, open-source (free) discovery and learning resource centre for all ages. The portal has been designed to stimulate imagination and support 21st-century learning skills. Using the Triennale as context and reference, the 8Cs of learning – Curiosity, Creativity, Criticism, Communication, Collaboration, Compassion, Composure, Citizenship – will be stimulated and explored. For online reference, school tours and workshops go to www.stellenboschtriennale.com.

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The Imaginarium can be accessed through the Triennale website at www.stellenboschtriennale.com.


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