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Absa Gallery

Banking is not something you usually associate with art - yet, as you walk into the Absa Towers North building in the Johannesburg CBD, you are struck by the sheer volume and potential of the open-plan space that was designed around the art it was created to house.

The major artworks were commissioned while the building was being designed - allowing artists and architects to work together to create a space that accommodated the artworks perfectly. There are a number of artworks that can be seen in these larger spaces, including:

  • A huge colourful marvel by artist, Karel Nel, titled ‘Place of Narture’ hangs in the reception area
  • Five, six-storey tall tuft carpet banners by Norman Catherine - which were woven by hand by rural men
  • An 11-meter tall Walter Oltmann wire sculpture depicting replicas of carved African chairs; weighing half a ton
  • A two-storey tall metal mobile of the old City of Johannesburg shown against the newer, more modern city in perfect balance; created by Lewis Levin, Paul Cawood and Susan Woolf. It moves slowly, making a cycle every 20 minutes
Back To Top Absa Art Exhibitions Schedule for 2014
February 18 Absa Gallery Exhibition:A Struggle without Documentation is no Struggle – Dr Peter Magubane (photographs from 1954 to 1994) – opening of exhibition (runs until 13 March 2014)
March 3 - 7 Absa L’Atelier: Receiving of entries at all collection points around South Africa. For further details view www.absalatelier.co.za
10 Absa L’Atelier: Regional exhibition – Durban (artSPACE) – opening of exhibition (runs until 22 March 2014)
13 Absa L’Atelier: Regional exhibition – Bloemfontein (Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery) – opening of exhibition (runs until 28 March 2014)
14 Absa L’Atelier: Regional exhibition – Pretoria (Association of Arts Pretoria) – opening of exhibition (runs until 29 March 2014)
18 Absa L’Atelier: Regional exhibition – Durbanville (Rust en Vrede) – opening of exhibition (runs until 27 March 2014)
18 Absa L’Atelier: Regional exhibition – Port Elizabeth (NMMU North Campus) – opening of exhibition (runs until 28 March 2014)
19 Absa L’Atelier: Regional exhibition – Johannesburg (Absa Gallery) – opening of exhibition (runs until 11 April 2014)
20 Absa L’Atelier: Regional exhibition – East London (Ann Bryant Gallery) – opening of exhibition (runs until 5 April 2014)
29 Absa KKNK (Oudtshoorn): Curated exhibition “Post Colonial Africa” and “Dr Peter Magubane” (runs until 5 April 2014)
May 11 Absa Gallery Exhibition: Elrie Joubert - Absa L’Atelier winner 2012 – opening of exhibition (runs until 30 May 2014)
13 Port Elizabeth: Exhibition, A Struggle without Documentation is no Struggle - Dr Peter Magubane, The EPSAC Community Art Centre, Port Elizabeth (runs until 29 May 2014)
June 8 Absa Gallery Exhibition: Blood, Sweat and Tears: Curated exhibition of previous winners and finalists of the Absa L’Atelier – opening of exhibition (runs until 27 June 2014)
July 14 Bloemfontein: Exhibition “Re-sampled 2014” – a collection of works from the Absa collection and a re-sampling of them by artists from the Absa L’Atelier art competition (runs until 1 August 2014)
July 16 Absa L’Atelier: Awards evening and announcement of winners – opening of the Absa L’Atelier (runs until 21 August 2014)
August 11 Bloemfontein: Exhibition, A Struggle without Documentation is no Struggle - Dr Peter Magubane, Stegmann Gallery, Bloemfontein (runs until 12 September 2014)
September 7 Absa Gallery Exhibition: [Degrees of Separation]: Curated exhibition of artists of Assemblage – opening of exhibition (runs until 26 September 2014)
October 5 Absa Gallery Exhibition: Re-sampled 2014 – opening of exhibition (runs until 31 October 2014)

 

 

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