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Oliewenhuis Art Museum cordially invites you to the opening of the following three exhibitions that form part of the Vrystaat Arts Festival 2023:

  • Learning through Art: The museum as classroom (Main Building, Oliewenhuis Art Museum)

This exhibition is a visual celebration of South African artists and artworks for everyone to enjoy, with a special focus on the Grade 10 – 12 Visual Art curriculums, Artworks were handpicked to optimise the learning experience for the learners so they can have the luxury to view works that are discussed in the classroom, not only see it in the handbook. The exhibition is curated from Oliewenhuis Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, complimented by artwork loans courtesy of Sanlam Art Collection.

  • This is us: Celebrating 29 Years of Freedom (Reservoir, Oliewenhuis Art Museum)

This is us, an exhibition of the Art Bank of South Africa (ArtbankSA) dedicated to the working class, to those who have fought for democracy and restoration of human dignity and for those who face imprisonment by poverty.

Featuring artworks from the Art Bank of South Africa’s Contemporary Art Collection, the exhibition aims to spotlight the mundane lives of South Africans, mothers, fathers, children, and workers.  As a resilient society we are reminded of our strengths and capabilities on national days as we commemorate Freedom Day on 27 April 2023 and Worker’s Day on 1 May 2023 and are reminded of those who fought, struggled greatly under oppression, and gave their lives for a greater cause. We are inspired to aspire to lead and fight for a better life for those who are in desperate need. We are reminded to be compassionate towards one another and lastly, we are reminded of how far South Africa has come.

  • Let there be light: In plain sight (Annex Gallery, Oliewenhuis Art Museum)

In a world full of adversity and uncertainty, everything is in plain sight for everyone to see.

Let there be light: In plain sight, employs the analogy of sight and light by drawing inspiration from colorful composite abstract artworks from Oliewenhuis Art Museum’s Permanent Collection and Art Bank of South Africa’s Contemporary Art Collection, in an attempt to engage visitors, patrons, educators, and students alike to see art for what it is.

As we occasionally wonder, amaze, laugh, and even cry about what life presents us, Let there be light: In plain sight finds expression in the open interpretation of the good, the bad, and the ugly that life presents to us.

The exhibitions will be opened together in the Sculpture Park at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein at 18:00 on Tuesday, 11 July 2023.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information please contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum at 078 968 4300.

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