Penny Siopis - Open Form/Open Studio

April - July 2017
Penny Siopis - Open Form/Open Studio

Penny Siopis - who recently received an honorary doctorate from Rhodes University - is in residence at the Maitland Institute, working in situ on large-scale paintings. The space is open to the public (Wednesdays from 26 April, 11am to 3pm, and by appointment), offering a rare opportunity to see how her glue and ink paintings evolve.

Simon Gush at Oberhausen film fest

11-16 May 2017
Simon Gush at Oberhausen film fest

Simon Gush's video Invasion, a re-enactment of a first-person account of South Africa’s invasion of Lesotho in 1998, has been selected for participation at the 63rd International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen. This will be the international premiere of the film, following its debut in Gush's recent solo exhibition The Island.

Focus on Africa at Fondation Louis Vuitton

26 April - 28 August 2017
Focus on Africa at Fondation Louis Vuitton

At Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Art/ Afrique, le nouvel atelier features Nicholas HloboJane Alexander, Moshekwa Langa, Zanele Muholi, Kemang Wa Lehulere and Bogosi Sekhukhuni on Being There, South Africa; Barthélémy Toguo on The Insiders; and Robin Rhode and Meleko Mokgosi as part of the collection.

Hylton Nel at the Fine Art Society

Hylton Nel will exhibit ceramics including plates, vases, bowls, and plaques at The Fine Art Society, London. For Use and Display is his fourth solo exhibition with the space.

Viviane Sassen at

Umbra by Viviane Sassen will be exhibited at  the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg as one large spatial installation. For this exhibition, Sassen has made a new series of works that focus on the play of light and shadow, supplementing these with previously unseen images from her archives.

Meschac Gaba at Kunstraum Baden

Meschac Gaba shows among various artists in Markets and Man: of economic and other values. The artists have been asked to 'put up new contexts for discussion, drawing threads between emotions and capital'.

NTU in London

NTU: UBULAWU will be the first UK exhibition by NTU, of which Bogosi Sekhukhuni is a founding member. Drawing on the collective’s research project NTUSAVE, this programme continues their engagement with Ubulawu – a sacred collection of plants with phytochemical properties used in southern African spiritual practice.

Various artists at the videobox festival

Video works by Simon Gush, Meschac Gaba and Robin Rhode will be screened at the 2017 Videobox festival themed Noise and Movement. The three day festival is held at Le Carreau du Temple. 

Jo Ractliffe on Things Fall Apart

Jo Ractliffe is included in Things Fall Apart - 'reflections on African connections to the Soviet Union' - curated by Mark Nash. The exhibition was previously shown at Gallery Municipais, Lisbon, Calvert 22, London, and Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth.

Zanele Muholi at Kyotographie

Zanele Muholi's Somnyama Ngonyama series will be exhibited at the 2017 Kyotographie International Photography Festival, themed 'Love'. Muholi will also present a masterclass on self-representation though photography.

Zander Blom at the ICAIO

Zander Blom is a visiting artist at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, with a presentation including workshops and a solo exhibition.

Anton Kannemeyer in Belgium

Anton Kannemeyer shows in Frans Masereel and Contemporary Art: Resistance in Images. The exhibition looks at Masereel's ideas in dialogue with the work of contemporary artists, highlighting their social commitment.

Various artists at FM Center for Contemporary Art, Milan

Work by Guy Tillim, Meschac Gaba, Nicholas Hlobo, Moshekwa Langa, and Robin Rhode is included in The White Hunter. African Memories and Representations curated by Marco Scotini. The exhibition intends to challenge identity politics and propose a de-centered subjectivity, one that goes beyond the capturing gaze.

Award for Penny Siopis' Time and Again
Time and Again, Penny Siopis' monograph edited by Gerrit Olivier, spanning 35 years of her career and accompanying her survey exhibition, has won the Creative Collections category at the 2017 Humanities and Social Sciences Book Awards.
Afrique Capitales in Paris and Lille

Meschac Gaba, Simon GushNicholas Hlobo, Moshekwa LangaNandipha Mntambo and Guy Tillim are included on Afrique Capitales, curated by Simon Njami, at La Villette in Paris (including the Mois de la Photo) and the Gare Saint Sauveur in Lille.

'Artist of the Year'

Kemang Wa Lehulere is Deutsche Bank's Artist of the Year for 2017, with a solo exhibition titled Bird Song at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin, accompanied by a new monograph. Wa Lehulere was also shortlisted for the 2017 Future Generation Art Prize.

Pieter Hugo, NGV Australia

Work by Pieter Hugo will be appearing in the Contemporary Photography section of the National Gallery of Victoria Festival of Photography in Melbourne.

Pieter Hugo and Guy Tillim Fondazione Fotografia Modena

Pieter Hugo and Guy Tillim are included in 10 Years Old 2007-2017: A  History of the World Told Through the Images of the Fondazione Cassa di risparmio di Modena Collection. The exhibition is curated by Filippo Maggia and Chiara Dall’Olio.

Deborah Poynton at Sharjah Biennial

Paintings from Deborah Poynton's Arcadia body of work are showing in the 13th edition of the Sharjah Biennial, curated by Christine Tohmé under the title Tamawuj.

Various artists at Heong Gallery, Downing College

Meschac Gaba, Barthélémy Toguo, Nandipha Mntambo, Moshekwa Langa and Zanele Muholi are included in When the Heavens Meet the Earth: Selected Works from the Sina Jina Collection of Contemporary Art. The exhibition brings together selected works from Robert Devereux’s contemporary art collection. 

Nicholas Hlobo in Uppsala
Nicholas Hlobo has a solo exhibition consisting of new and earlier works, titled Zawelela ngale ('They have crossed to the other side'), at the Uppsala Konstmuseum's gallery space in the old Gustav Vasa castle - his first solo showing in Sweden.
Pieter Hugo at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg presents a survey of Pieter Hugo's work, titled Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, in February 2017 - the artist's first solo museum show in Germany. The show, spanning 13 years of work, is accompanied by a new monograph.
Pieter Hugo at the Rijksmuseum

Pieter Hugo's 1994, focusing on children born after the year in which apartheid was officially abolished, is part of the Rijksmuseum's expansive exhibition Good Hope. South Africa and The Netherlands from 1600.

Sekhukhuni wins a Prix Net Art award

Rhizome, the New York–based digital arts organisation, has named Bogosi Sekhukhuni as one of three winners of its annual Prix Net Art award. This year, each winner is awarded an unrestricted prize of $5 000, funded by the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai.

Nandipha Mntambo, Stoschek Collection

Nandipha Mntambo is included in an exhibition at the Julia Stoschek Collection titled Jaguars and Electric Eels. The exhibition investigates an alternative interpretation of anthropology and zoology.

Pieter Hugo at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Pieter Hugo and Nandipha Mntambo are included in Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The exhibition seeks to 'reflect the vitality and effervescence that motivate Africa today, as well as the chaotic, brutal and at times tragic African reality'.