Standard Bank Gallery exhibitions

The Standard Bank gallery has previously hosted retrospective exhibitions by prolific South African masters, including Irma Stern, Gerard Sekoto, Cyprian Shilakoe and most recently JH Pierneef. Contemporary South African artists such as Penny Siopis, Willem Boshoff, Karel Nel and Wayne Barker have also lent their vibrant creative energies to the gallery. View some of the most recent past exhibitions details for further insight on some of the gallery artworks.

Past exhibitions
Air: Inspiration-Expiration exhibition
10/8/2016

This is the fourth and final installment in a series of exhibitions at the Standard Bank Gallery based on the four elements of water, fire, earth and air. In considering how works of visual art might represent an ‘invisible’ element, the curators of Air: Inspiration – Expiration have drawn on diverse artistic traditions, styles, methods and media.

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Andrew Tshabangu: Footprints
2/18/2017

This exhibition covers almost twenty-five years of Andrew Tshabangu’s distinctive black-and-white photography. Tshabangu is recognised as one of South Africa’s most important photographers; his work can be situated in a trajectory that includes David Goldblatt, Santu Mofokeng, the Afrapix Collective and the Market Photo Workshop.

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David Goldblatt: The Pursuit of Values
10/21/2015

David Goldblatt is one of South Africa's most widely admired photographers and, indeed (although he dislikes being described this way), one of the country's most influential artists.

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Exact Imagination: 300 Years of Botanically Inspired Art in South Africa
10/8/2014

Originating out of a desire to showcase the extraordinary national treasure of botanical illustrations in the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) collection and extended by curator Cyril Coetzee

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From Sitting to Selfie: 300 years of South African Portraits
6/25/2014

From Sitting to Selfie: 300 years of South African Portraits maps the long tradition of portraiture and its changing use and function in society.

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Hasan and Husain Essop: Unrest
4/22/2015

Over the course of a decade, twin brothers Hasan and Husain Essop have grown from art school graduates to internationally recognised and multiple award-winning artists.

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Henri Matisse: Rhythm and Meaning
7/13/2016

This is the first major showcase of the art of Henri Matisse on the African continent. The range of material collected allows visitors to engage with the broad range and scope of the artist’s work. Curators: Patrice Deparpe and Federico Freschi Matisse Walkabouts: are hosted by Wilhelm van Rensburg between 1pm and 2pm. Saturdays will be scheduled subject to demand.

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J.H. Pierneef: A Space for Landscape
7/8/2015

The work of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886-1957) was a dominant presence in South African art for much of the twentieth century.

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On the Trail of Qing and Orpen
1/30/2016

In December 1873 a party of armed men from the Cape Colony and its north-eastern borderlands travelled through the Maloti highlands of Basutoland. Among the members of the party were the British official Joseph Orpen and a young Bushman guide named Qing. They passed a number of rock-shelters whose walls were decorated with paintings. Although the party had an essentially military purpose, the exchanges between Qing and Orpen on the topic of the art have become the most famous result of its operations.

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