Centennial – Sanlam Art Collection 1918 – 2018

The Sanlam Art Collection has been part of the Sanlam Group for more than half of its existence. Founded in 1965, the collection holds more than 2000 items associated with more than 500 South African artists whose works cover more than a century. Sanlam actively shares its collection with all South Africans in exhibitions at the Sanlam Art Gallery in Bellville and the Sanlam Art Lounge in Sandton and in regular collaboration with public museums and private collections on themed exhibitions. This provides the public with unique opportunities to view works which would not normally be easily accessible and to gain a deeper understanding of the value and meaning of art in a broader social and art historical context.

Art provides us with mechanisms to negotiate our differences and to develop idiosyncratic as well as shared visions of the past and the future. Viewed as a barometer of change, art plays a crucial role in the realisation of a democratic and free South Africa. By collecting art and displaying it wherever we can Sanlam, besides being a major role player in the economic growth of South Africa, contributes to the mental sustenance that makes this a truly unique country and nation. Sanlam is indeed proud to have contributed meaningfully to society for over 100 years and to the development and preservation of the visual arts for more than 50 years. The Sanlam Art Collection stands as physical and symbolic testament to this company’s commitment to South Africa its people and its diverse cultures and will continue to do so for the generations to come.

Johan van Zyl
Chairman: Sanlam Ltd

This exhibition provides a selection of significant objects and images which capture in instances the spirit of the aesthetic thought of the time; reflect on a point of history or on aspects of a the social dispensation of the time. There are many narratives that could be constructed tying these objects together. This text provides an introduction as points of departure for the construction of such narratives and some insights into specific works on display. Viewers of the exhibition are of course free to construct the stories they wish and enrich these with personal histories. For every South African this exhibition will hopefully provide an opportunity to identify with and reflect on the past and how they are part of this transformation of the country, its art and how this art speaks to us today and will do so in generations to come.

Stefan Hundt
Curator: Sanlam Art Collection
Bellville, June 2018

Dates:  14/03/2019 – 28/04/2019

Venue:  Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Main Building)

Informal Walkabout:  12:00 on Thursday, 14 March 2019

Opening:  19:00 on Thursday, 14 March 2019

Informal Walkabout:  10:00 on Friday, 15 March 2019

  • 1 Stefan Ampenberger (1908 – 1983) The Red Sun not dated oil on board
  • 2 Kenneth Bakker (1926 – 1988) Abstract Landscape 1963 gesso and oil on board
  • 3 Walter Whall Battiss (1906 – 1982) Assignment 1965 oil on canvas
  • 4 Gerard Bhengu (1910 – 1990) Zululand Landscape circa 1948 watercolour on paper
  • 5 Kim Berman (1960 – ) Fires of the Truth Commission 1999 monoprint on paper
  • 6 Willie Bester (1956 – ) Blue Truck Cross Roads 1992 mixed media on board
  • 7 Willem Hendrik Adriaan Boshoff (1951 – ) City Book 2007 various wood types
  • 8 Elza (Josephine Elizabeth) Botha (1938 – ) Butterfly Box 1982 lino cut prints on paper, wooden school desk and perspex
  • 9 Elza (Josephine Elizabeth) Botha (1938 – ) Manifes 1980 lino cut on paper
  • 10 Wim Botha (1974 – ) Pros and Cons 1997 official paper documents, neon lights and steel
  • 11 Neels (Johannes Cornelius) Coetzee (1940 – 2013) Judas XIII 1984 bronze
  • 12 Christo Coetzee (1929 – 2000) Xtobal 1978 mixed media on paper
  • 13 Christo Coetzee (1929 – 2000) Still Life with Face 1948 oil on canvas
  • 14 Jacques Coetzer (1968 – ) Cluster Park 2006 digital video
  • 15 Dumile (Zwelidumile Jeremiah Ngxaji) Feni (1942 – 1991) Dedication to Ruth First and Lilian Ngoyi n.d. 1980 ink on paper
  • 16 Ricky Ayanda Dyaloyi (1974 – ) Untitled 2004 acrylic and oil on canvas
  • 17 Paul Emsley (1947 – ) The Visit: Arrival, Life and Times, Departure, 1987 charcoal on paper
  • 18 Leora Farber (1964 – ) Beauty Bar 1998 wax, surgical instruments and perpsex display unit
  • 19 Jacques Reneé Fuller (1960 – ) Die Mollevangers 1999 welded copper and brass
  • 20 Pauline Gutter (1980 – ) Their Last Supper – unfinished 2007 oil on canvas
  • 21 Willem de Sanderes Hendrikz (1910 – 1949) Tama Morena 1950 bronze
  • 22 Dorothy Kay (1886 – 1964) The Song of the Pick 1938 etching on paper
  • 23 William Joseph Kentridge (1955 – ) Stadium 1987 charcoal and pastel on paper
  • 24 David Mathubu Koloane (1938 – ) Moon over Squatter Settlement 1993 acrylic on canvas
  • 25 Moses Kottler (1892 – 1977) Girl with Plaits circa 1950 bronze
  • 26 Sydney Alex Kumalo (1935 – 1988) Woman with a Dove (Peace) 1964 bronze
  • 27 Sydney Alex Kumalo (1935 – 1988) Man on a Horse 1969 bronze
  • 28 Maggie (Maria Magdalena) Laubser (1886 – 1973) Poplars – Italy circa 1920 oil on cardboard
  • 29 Maggie (Maria Magdalena) Laubser (1886 – 1973) Selfportrait 1928 oil on cardboard
  • 30 Maggie (Maria Magdalena) Laubser (1886 – 1973) Red Fisherman’s Cottage circa 1953 oil on canvas on board
  • 31 Ezrom Kobokanyo Sebata Legae (1938 – 1999) Point of Departure 1989 bronze
  • 32 Ezrom Kobokanyo Sebata Legae (1938 – 1999) Horse and Rider 1998 bronze
  • 33 Adam Letch (1968 – ) Perpetuum 2008 digital video (45 min.)
  • 34 Johann Louw (1965 – ) Karel se Uur van die Engel 2005 oil on panel
  • 35 Speelman Mahlangu (1958 – 2004) The Spear n.d. bronze
  • 36 Johannes Maswanganyi (1949 – ) Family Tree circa 1988 polychromed wood
  • 37 Leonard Matsoso (1949 – ) Warrior and Beast 1979 pastel on paper
  • 38 Shepherd Mbanya (1965 – ) Working for Peace 2013 wood
  • 39 Gladys Nomfanakiso Mgudlandlu (1917 – 1979) Birds 1962 gouache on paper
  • 40 CJ (Coenrad Johannes) Morkel (1960 – ) Hotnotsgot and I 1992 airbrushed duco on board
  • 41 Richard Mudariki (1985 – ) The Model 2015 oil on canvas.
  • 42 Pieter Hugo Naudé (1868 – 1941) Malay Quarter Cape Town circa 1920 oil on canvas
  • 43 Ndikhumbule Ngqwinambe (1977 – ) Walk of Numbers 2010 oil on canvas
  • 44 George Mnyalusa Pemba (1912 – 2001) Harvesters 1976 oil on canvas
  • 45 Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef (1886 – 1957) Lead Wood Trees – Northern Transvaal 1944 oil on canvas
  • 46 Stanley Faraday Pinker (1924 – 2012) Ons Land circa 1959 oil on canvas
  • 47 Alexis Preller (1911 – 1975) Primavera 1954 oil on canvas
  • 48 Tracey Rose (1974 – ) L’Annunciazione after Fra Angelico 2004 light jet print on paper
  • 49 Peter Schütz (1942 – 2008) Window n.d. polychromed gelutong
  • 50 Helen (Mapula Makgoba) Sebidi (1943) Running on the Eastern Side 1984 oil on canvas
  • 51 Gerard Sekoto (1913 – 1993) Indaba 1946 oil on canvas
  • 52 Cyprian Mpho Shilakoe (1946 – 1972) Totem circa 1971 teak
  • 53 Penelope Siopis (1953 – ) Salon 1987 pastel on paper
  • 54 Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes (1926 – 2009) Visit to a Battle Site 1975 oil on canvas on panel
  • 55 Irma Stern (1894 – 1966) Flowers 1949 oil on canvas
  • 56 Irma Stern (1894 – 1966) Portrait of a young Malay Girl 1939 oil on canvas
  • 57 Paul Tavanha (1949 – ) Sangoma and Snake circa 2000 polychromed wood
  • 58 Jan Lodewijk van der Merwe (1958 – ) Gaste 2000 found objects rusted metal, vcr and television monitors
  • 59 Johan van Heerden (1930 – ) Untitled 1979 cast aluminium
  • 60 Diane Veronicque Victor (1964 – ) And All Hell Followed Close (Disasters of Peace no.11) 2002 etching on paper
  • 61 Diane Veronicque Victor (1964 – ) Down on the Farm (Disasters of Peace no. 4) 2000 etching on paper
  • 62 Diane Veronicque Victor (1964 – ) Why Defy (Disasters of Peace no. 2) 2002 etching on paper
  • 63 Diane Veronicque Victor (1964 – ) Mind the Gap (Disasters of Peace no. 13) 2002 etching on paper
  • 64 Diane Veronicque Victor (1964 – ) Kom Vrou en bring die Kinders (Disasters of Peace no. 5) 2000 etching on paper
  • 65 Diane Veronicque Victor (1964 – ) Blind Justice (Disasters of Peace no. 1) 2000 etching on paper
  • 66 Edoardo Daniele Villa (1915 – 2011) Woman 1969 bronze
  • 67 Jean Max Friderich Welz (1900 – 1975) Du Plessis se Dam n.d. oil on board
  • 68 Pieter Willem Frederik Wenning (1873 – 1921) Keerom Street Cape Town circa 1917 oil on canvas
  • 69 Pieter Willem Frederik Wenning (1873 – 1921) Evening Transvaal circa 1916 oil on canvas
  • 70 James Gavin Forrest Younge (1947 – ) Forces Favourites 2 2000 post office bicycle, vellum, vcr and monitor.