South African galleries might have shut down due to the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, however, this has not stopped galleries across the country from showcasing artwork. They have found new ways to make their artwork and spaces accessible online with 3D tours and online exhibitions.
Here, we will take a look at some of these galleries and running exhibitions that can be ‘visited’ during this period.
After the Absa Art Gallery, owner of BKhz gallery, Banele Khoza became the first local gallery owner to have 3D tours available online. BKhz has made all of its most recent exhibitions available on their website. Start your 3D tour here.
Currently, the Goodman Gallery has a number of exhibitions available at their main galleries in Johannesburg and Cape Town. View one, or more of the exhibitions here.
Skin, Bone, Fire: The First Album by Philiswa Lila – NWU Main Gallery
North West University’s Main Gallery is pleased to present Skin, Bone, Fire: The First Album, a solo exhibition by 2018 Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto winner, Philiswa Lila. The exhibition, which is the gallery’s first 3D exhibition, opened online on the gallery’s website on 2 April and will run until 5 May. View the exhibition here.
Gymnasium by Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi – Stevenson Gallery JHB
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, an award-winning painter and multimedia artist, hosted her first solo exhibition with Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg. Gymnasium launched on Stevenson’s Instagram feed as well as its website. View the exhibition here.
Udludlilali by Mawande Ka Zenzile – Stevenson Gallery CPT
On 12 March, Stevenson, Cape Town opened Mawande Ka Zenzile’s solo exhibition titled Udludlilali. For those of you who did not get to see this exhibition before the lockdown, installation views are available here.
Virtual Tour of Eclectica Galleries
Eclectica Galleries is currently hosting two solo exhibitions by artists Asanda Kupa and Hussein Salim. Visit the exhibitions here.