Art Fairs


FNB Art Joburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
13 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019

Athi-Patra Ruga, 'Proposed Model of Francois Feral Benga' (1906-1957), 2018, High-density foam, artifical flowers and jewels, Approx 280 x 100 x 180 cm, Multiple 2 of 3 + 1 AP 02

Athi-Patra Ruga, 'Proposed Model of Francois Feral Benga' (1906-1957), 2018, High-density foam, artifical flowers and jewels, Approx 280 x 100 x 180 cm, Multiple 2 of 3 + 1 AP 02

The FNB JoburgArtFair has been renamed FNB ART JOBURG after it was officially acquired by its former director Mandla Sibeko, taking over from previous owners Artlogic. With Sibeko taking full ownership, the art exhibition is now 100% black-owned and FNB’s 12-year tenure as a sponsor continues.

FNB Art Joburg announces two new sections – Gallery Lab and MAX

  •  18 leading galleries from 5 countries selected
  •  Introducing Gallery Lab as a 600sqm pavilion
  • Introducing MAX, which transcends the traditional art stand

As part of new and exciting changes and highlights at FNB Art Joburg, the fair announces details of its upcoming show, taking place this September.

This year, the first-of-its-kind Gallery Lab will be a 600sqm pavilion where galleries and hybrid spaces from the continent and beyond gather for an annual conference of collaboration, discussions and sharing of best practices.

The section is curated by Nicole Siegenthaler (Fair Manager, FNB Art Joburg) and Banele Khoza (Founding Director, BKhz) with nine exhibitors. Gallery Lab will serve as an incubator, a space to develop and nurture emerging galleries and programs as well as a space for exploration; to present and test new artists, ideas and business models relevant to the contemporary African arts landscape.

Invited to participate on a proposal basis, featured artists from nine galleries from five countries include 16/16, Lagos; BKhz, Joburg; Hussein Salim, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town; ELA Espaço Luanda Arte, Luanda; Modzi Arts, Lusaka; Balekane Legoabe and MJ Turpin, NO END Contemporary Art Space, Joburg; Sejiro Avoseh, Tonia Nneji and Marcellina Akpojotor, Rele Gallery, Lagos; Revolving Arts Incubator, Lagos and Khulekani Msweli, Mbongeni Dlamini, Mesuli Mamba, Tony Marshak, Phindile Mamba, Thabo Lukhele and Sakhile Gumbi, Yebo Contemporary, Swaziland.

They will make up an active hub set up for workshops, talks and informal gatherings that focus on specific professional practice topics such as artist relationships, web design, art fair applications and financial management and other wider themes affecting the contemporary African creative economy.

Also new to the fair this year is the MAX section – a first in Africa – which will exclusively be dedicated to showcasing large-scale installations that might typically be challenging to exhibit in a fair setting. Unconfined to booths, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town + Joburg will present a massive painting by Misheck Masamvu; Everard Read, Cape Town + Joburg, will exhibit a show-stopping sculpture by Brett Murray; blank projects, Cape Town has commissioned Igshaan Adams to create work on site; SMAC, Joburg will present a new collage by Jody Paulsen; WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, will exhibit a multimedia sculpture by Athi Patra-Ruga; and Stevenson, Cape Town + Joburg will showcase a large scale photographic print by Zanele Muholi.

Galleries in the central section will exhibit in a booth structure and include blank projects; Everard Read, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town + Joburg; Goodman Gallery; Kalashnikovv Gallery, Joburg; SMAC; SMITH, Cape Town; Stevenson; and WHATIFTHEWORLD.

FNB Art Joburg, whose headline sponsor is FNB, takes place from 13 – 15 September, 2019


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