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Updated 02nd of August 2019


1-31 AUGUST 2019

This year’s theme is: 


Robert Hodgins I Stanley Pinker I Alexander Podlashuc from the Kilbourn, Bloch and Podlashuc Collections

Dear Art Lovers and Friends of Welgemeend,

to quote the artist Marcel Duchamp: ‘You cannot define electricity. The same can be said of art. It is a kind of inner current in a human being, or something which needs no definition.’

This winter we hope to warm hearts with a strong electrical art current in the form of the sixth annual Art Month at Welgemeend exhibition.

The exhibition, with the scintillating theme Satire and Irony, offers the opportunity view works by Robert Hodgins, Stanley Pinker and Alexander Podlashuc.

This ‘electrical art current’ promises not only to recharge art lovers’ batteries, but also to let sparks fly on the Cape Town art scene. Look out for a few surprise works by other renowned artists that will also feature.

The 2019 Art Month at Welgemeend is a collaboration between the Friends of Welgemeend, Frank and Lizelle Kilbourn, Jonathan and Marion Bloch, Strauss &Co, Leo and Erin Podlashuc, Delaire Graff Estate and others, with the support of Hoerskool Jan van Riebeeck.

Welgemeend, a historic Cape Dutch Manor house from the late 1600’s, is situated in the Cape Town City Bowl. The art collection and books of the South African poet and linguist Boerneef (the late Prof IW van der Merwe) are housed here. Hoerskool Jan van Riebeeck is the custodian of the homestead and the collection, supported by the volunteer organisation Friends of Welgemeend. Together they are committed to the preservation and administration of this significant cultural heritage.

Art Month at Welgemeend is aimed at promoting this cultural gem, malting artworks from private collections available for public viewing, and raising funds for restoration and essential maintenance of Welgemeend. Funds raised this year will go towards the extensive overhaul of the manor house’s roof structure. Our goal is to raise R300 000. A masterplan provides for the prioritising of specific areas of Welgemeend that need restoration or structural maintenance. We also aim to make the space more user friendly. Work done over the past six years include
overhauling Welgemeend’s lighting and electricity installations, extensive damp proofing, painting the interior of the house, restoration of certain art works from the Boerneef collection, installing a professional art hanging system throughout, and restoring the centuries’ old floors and windows  of three reception rooms and two collection rooms. However there still remains a lot of work to be done.

Please come and join in the celebrations!

For more information or bookings contact us at info@welgemeendart.co.za
Tel: 073 203 3999