Great Talks with Marilyn Martin
Marilyn Martin independent curator and writer, has once again generously offered Greatmore Studios the two lectures that she delivered at the recent Hermanus Fynarts Fees
Art Safari 2017 – Italy and Germany
Once a decade an amazing confluence of major contemporary art exhibitions occurs – the Venice Biennale (every two years), Documenta in Kassel (every five years) and the Münster Sculpture Project (every ten years), both in Germany. Come with me as I retrace my steps to these events, as well as a pilgrimage to Rome and Pompeii.
TWO LECTURES BY MARILYN MARTIN
Lecture 1 Italy – Rome, Pompeii, and Venice
My journey started in Rome, with William Kentridge’s monumental frieze, Triumphs and Laments, along the banks of the Tiber River. A day-long trip fulfilled my lifetime dream of visiting Pompeii. Then to Venice to join a group for the 57th Biennale: Viva Arte Viva in the Giardini and Arsenale, curated by Christine Macel, and as many of the 84 national pavilions and collateral events as possible. The latter included Damien Hirst at his spectacular best.
Lecture 2 Germany – Kassel and Münster
Documenta was founded in 1955 by artist Arnold Bode in an attempt to counter the cultural darkness of Nazi Germany. It has since become a point of reference for contemporary art and Documenta 14 was no exception. Under the title Universes in Universe artistic director Adam Szymczyk and his curatorial team occupied 35 venues in the city. Initiated in 1977, the Münster Skulptur Projekte is regarded as one of the world’s most important exhibitions of art in public spaces.
Our visiting artist Mwamba Chikwemba gave her presentation at Greatmore Studios. Mwamba covered her past work and what her plans are for her residency with us. Well done on a great presentation and discussion, and thank you to all who came and showed support for this talented artist.
A CASE STUDY TOUR OF ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO SOCIAL JUSTICE & HUMAN RIGHTS AWARENESS
The UCT Global Academy Course with Richard Mudariki and students from Yale University, George Manson University and Australian National University discuss Arts and Social Justice Conscientisation in Cape Town.
GEORGINA JAFEE ARTIST LUNCH
Last week we had an artist lunch or all visiting and resident artists. Georgina Jaffee treated us to her presentation about her trip to the Basel Art Fair 2018.
A SECOND PAINTING LESSON BY ANTHONY CAWOOD
Sharing knowledge at Greatmore
A visit from visual artist and public speaker Lionel Davis
An artist lunch with friends from Sweden representing IASPIS.
A painting lesson by the talented Anthony Cawood
Sharing his knowledge with Hester de Beer here at Greatmore Studios.
Garth Erasmus, Jethro Louw and Glen Arendse are hosting the German-based music group Kante from Hamburg for a collaboration between the 2 groups. The bands will conceptualize a new, yearlong project that will tour in Germany and also Southern Africa. The project entitled THE HOUSE OF FALLING BONES will focus on the historical genocide of the Nama and Herero people by the Germans in the old South West Africa (now Namibia). This musical-theatre production will use adapted fairy tales and local folklore as a means of telling the story.
Khoi Khonnexion hosted Kante at Greatmore Studios for a workshop on Bow-making and playing, which will form an important aspect of the production.
International Thupelo Exhibition
On 26 April 2018, Greatmore Street Studios celebrated work made during a two-week Thupelo International workshop. Well done to all the participants, it was an amazing night and an amazing exhibition. Thank you all who came through.
“First Throught” by Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi & Waileth & Bardon.
Artist Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi – in partnership with Swedish duo Waileth & Bardon – engages in a panel discussion focused on how ideas develop from nothing into something. First thought is based on the origin, the actual spark of an idea. In the research and execution process, ideas are written or sketched down, already secondary and exhausted as they change form. First Thought explores using the idea as raw as possible, forcing one to rely more on the capability of thinking in order to capture images in the mind.
Greatmore Studios Trust is a registered Trust (IT3597/99) and NPO (054-055-NPO).