10th SAQG Travelling Exhibition of Quilts

Dates:12/04/2019 - 05/05/2019

Venue:Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Annex)

The quilts on exhibition were selected from entries in the Siyadala Competition and were chosen to inspire and educate the viewers about the different styles and techniques, colours and designs used to create this collection of quilts.

This collection under the title ‘We Create’ has travelled across the country to various destinations and regions and will conclude at the SA National Quilt Festival in Midrand in September 2019. The opportunity to admire and see the talent and creativity of South African Quilters is not to be missed.

#5WomenArtists Campaign

Dates:  from 8 March 2019

Venue:  Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Main Building) 

Oliewenhuis Art Museum is a satellite of the National Museum in Bloemfontein, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa. We proudly present outstanding female artists' work from our Permanent Collection to participate in the powerful campaign, #5WomenArtists powered by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York. 

The following pioneering female artists, Nandipha Mntambo, Nomusa Makhubu, Diane Victor, Mmakgabo Mmapula Helen Sebidi and Penny Siopis were selected to represent Oliewenhuis Art Museum in this campaign. They were selected in terms of extraordinary achievements in their careers regardless of age, race or background. They speak up and address contemporary debates, relating not only to South Africa, but also current issues globally. 

Come and view these artists' work in the Main Building at Oliewenhuis Art Museum from 8 March 2019.


The campaign will also run via the following Oliewenhuis Art Museum Social Media pages.




Centennial, A Century of South African Art from the SANLAM Art Collection, 1918 - 2018

Dates:  14/03/2019 - 28/04/2019

Venue:  Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Main Building)

Informal Walkabout:  12:00 on Thursday, 14 March 2019

Opening:  19:00 on Thursday, 14 March 2019

Informal Walkabout:  10:00 on Friday, 15 March 2019

South African financial services group Sanlam celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion is hosting this special art exhibition. The Centennial exhibition presents 70 iconic works from the exquisite Sanlam Art Collection, one of the largest art collections in the country.

The works on display represent an outstanding retrospective of South African art history and include paintings, drawings and sculptures by some of the most important South African artists of the twentieth century including Irma Stern, Dumile Feni, Walter Battiss, Alexis Preller, Penny Siopis, Christo Coetzee, Gerard Sekoto, Sydney Kumalo and JH Pierneef.

Light Conversations, curated by the Art Museum Guides

Dates:  07/03/2019 - 07/04/2019

Venue:  Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Annex)

Talkabout (event):  19:00 on Thursday, 7 March 2019

By exploring the Permanent Collection, these bright minds creatively assembled an exhibition that is unconventional in its approach in that it by shares an honest reflection on the challenges young and emerging artists, such as themselves, face as they strive for success in the world and the art scene.

The Art Museum Guides of Oliewenhuis Art Museum curated this exhibition with artworks sourced from the museum’s permanent collection. The curators resonated with rarely exhibited artworks from acclaimed artists such as Dumile Feni, Pippa Skotnes, Norman Catherine, Judy Woodborne and Lucas Sithole to convey a narrative that could be associated with the different emotions the emerging artist might experience.

The curators understand and experience the difficulties and doubt they address in Light Conversation, and subsequently chose to focus the exhibition on the journey of an artist. To focus on the creator of artworks and not his or her products is to invite a conversation about a topic that, though hardly ever discussed past the surface, is unexpectedly layered. Artists not only have to adapt to the challenges of life after university like their peers, but also experience the extra pressure of having no guaranteed employment in their field of study. They live with a different set of fears: that of failure to use their talents or a loss of artistic integrity should they decide to buy into success by masking their voice and vision to fit into trends in the art scene.

Tswela Pele:  New Acquisitions of the Art Bank of South Africa

Dates:  7/02/2019 - 10/03/2019

Venue:  Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Main Building)

Opening:  19:00 on Thursday, 7 February 2019

Informal Walkabout:  10:00 on Friday, 8 February 2019

Oliewenhuis Art Museum is excited to host the annual Free State exhibition of the Art Bank of South Africa that showcases the best of South African contemporary art by emerging artists. Tswela Pele:  New Acquisitions of the Art Bank of South Africa features artworks selected and purchased from the over 200 submissions received for consideration in October 2018 by the Art Bank. The exhibition will be on show from 7 February 2019 until 10 March 2019.

The Art Bank of South Africa is a national programme of the Department of Arts and Culture as part of the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) strategy implementation and is hosted by the National Museum Bloemfontein, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture. The vision of the Art Bank is to promote, foster and stimulate a vibrant market for the collection of South African contemporary visual art.

The Art Bank of South Africa is tasked with purchasing artworks from South African artists, particularly that of emerging artists in order to lease and sell the artworks to South African government departments, private companies and private individuals.

The featured artists are Khulekani Cele, Alka Dass, Sibusiso Duma, Gary Frier, Victor Geduldt, Nicola Holgate, Laylaa Jacobs, Thalente, Takalani Ligege, Poloko Madikong, Morgan Mahape, Qhama Maswana, Lungisa Matbatuba, Nkosingiphile Mazibuko, Wonder Buhle Mbambo, Mondli Mbhele, Mothobi Mefane, Thato Motana, Thabo Motseki, Major Ndlovu, Minenkulu Ngoyi, Karla Nixon, Derrick Nxumalo, Taiwo Ohu, Zolile Phetshane, Sandile Radebe, Zwelinjani Radebe, Daniel Ramontseng, Lazarus Ramontseng, Kenneth Shandu, Vanessa Tembane, Lebo Thoka, Daniel Tladi and Luyanda Zindela

Art Bank of South Africa Mission:

•          Curating a definitive collection of contemporary South African visual art.

•          Promoting financial sustainability for the artists and Art Bank of South Africa through the leasing of art.     

•          Nurturing emerging South African artists by expanding the market for their work and providing skills development opportunities.   

•          Fostering an appreciation for contemporary art by making art accessible to the broader public in their workplaces and shared spaces.

For more information please contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum on 051 011 0525 (ext 200) or oliewen [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za. For more information on the Art Bank of South Africa, please contact Nathi Gumede on 051 447 9609 (ext 121) or artbank2 [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Reconciliation by Women Father Frans Claerhout

Dates:  17/01/2019 - 24/02/2019

Venue:  Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Permanent exhibition Gallery)

These works by Vader Frans Clearhout are currently exhibited on the upper floor of Oliewenhuis Art Museum and will be on display until 24 February 2019. The popular Flemish-born artist died in his sleep at a Bloemfontein hospital at the age of 87 on July 4, 2006 after contracting pneumonia. Claerhout was born in Belgium in 1919 and came to South Africa as a Catholic priest in 1946 where he worked in mission stations in the Free State from 1948. In the 1950s, he began painting and continued until shortly before his death. Besides paintings he also did sculptures and printing.

Clearhout explained this series with the following: “Reconciliation breaks loneliness; it brings sun, humour, laughter and liberation. It breaks through the invulnerability and speaks in compassionate language. Reconciliation is to jump from the hills into a plain. "

Christ and the other person by Father Frans Claerhout

Dates:  17/01/2019 - 24/02/2019

Venue:  Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Annex Gallery)

Father Frans Claerhout's famous series, Christ and the other person, is currently exhibited at Oliewenhuis Art Museum. Claerhout was born in 1919 in Pittem, Belgium and came as a Catholic priest to South Africa in 1946, where he worked from 1948 with mission stations in the Free State. In the 1950s he began painting and continued doing so until shortly before his death in 2006. Claerhout was also one of a group of artists, writers and collectors who established an art association in the Free State, called the Bloemfontein Group. His stylized, expressionistic images in thick paint focus on rural scenes with animals and children. His works quickly became popular throughout South Africa and were later exhibited in Belgium, Canada, Germany, USA and Britain. Although he mostly painted in oil and acrylic, he also made sculptures and prints.

10 Years of Collecting: Additions to the Permanent Collection 2009 - 2018

Dates:  14/12/2018 - 03/02/2019

Venue:  Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Main Building)

Talkabout (event): 19:00 on Thursday, 31 January 2019

An exhibition of selected purchased and donated artworks added to Oliewenhuis Art Museum’s Permanent Collection during the last 10 years will be on display from 14 December 2018 to 3 February 2019. 

Oliewenhuis Art Museum, a satellite of the National Museum, Bloemfontein is committed to building a representative collection of South African visual art and has shown a steady and interesting growth in its collection as South Africa has produced a number of celebrated artists whose works have become highly regarded both locally and abroad.