I love visiting the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein. This is my place of refuge where I go to calm my soul and mind. The tranquil environment of Oliewenhuis allows me to pause and reflect, and stimulates my senses. Whether it’s walking through the latest exhibit, getting my caffeine fix at the Terrace, taking a walk through the serene walking trail, or enjoying a Sunday picnic on the lush lawn with family.
I am no art expert, but I can appreciate its many different forms. I examine each piece carefully and try to contemplate what this artwork represents to the artist, I try to understand what message they intended for us to take away. It inspires me. I guess you can say I walk out with new thoughts and a different perspective.
Exhibit: “History will break your heart” (11 February until 27 March 2016)
I am looking forward to the next exhibit: “HISTORY WILL BREAK YOUR HEART” by the winner of the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist™ in the visual category, KEMANG WA LEHULERE. Come join me as we soak up the several different media forms he has prepared, including installation, text, video, drawing and performance.
“History will Break your Heart” is an exhibition that takes its cue from the work of Gladys Mgudlandlu, Ernest Mancoba, RRR Dlomo and Nat Nakasa. Looking at these deceased South African-born artists and writers, Wa Lehulere creates a fractured narrative in an attempt to recall past moments, artworks and literature as a way of rethinking the present.”