Continuing the exploration of genre themed exhibitions inspired by the Rupert Museum’s permanent collections, Nature Morte is the second in the series, following on the much appreciated show – Faces & Figures.
At its core the various still life and interior scenes in the mediums of drawing, painting, print, sculpture and ceramics portray South African stylistic movements by prominent 20th and 21st century artists. These include Irma Stern, Jean Welz, Cecil Higgs, Alexis Preller, Erik Laubser, Christo Coetzee, Penny Siopis, Karel Nel, Derrick Nxumalo, John Newdigate and Hennie Meyer. The exhibition sheds light on the genre’s reference to the transience of life and socio-political grappling; as well as its historical tradition by featuring Flemish art from the Michaelis Collection of Iziko SA National Gallery. The formal qualities of which is undoubtedly evident as a golden thread through the show.
A photographical component of food and still photography by local photographers Claire Gunn, Michelle Parkin and Nadine Greeff feeds inspiration or reaction to this tradition in our contemporary world.
John Newdiagte & Ian Garrett. Mantis and Nymph III, 2019-2020. Hand painted, glazed porcelain. Courtesy of Private Collection. Photo credit Les Hammond and EBONY.