Jan Rupert Art Centre
Lay of the Land, a selection of 20th century South African Art
From September 2019 to September 2020 the Jan Rupert centre in Graaff-Reinet tipped its hat to a collection of SA Masters with an exhibition of 20th century prints, paintings and sculptures. The exhibition took its cue from the permanent exhibition at the Hester Rupert Art Gallery, but focused on the land and its people as imagined and immortalised by prominent South African artists. From Cecil Skotnes’ prints, Assassination of Shaka to JH Pierneef’s Dorpstraat toneel: the loved, the familiar and the formidable were celebrated. These representations of scenes, scapes and peoples tapped into the spirit of SA’s 20th century artistic production. The show featured work by Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern, Lucas Sithole, Sydney Kumalo, Maud Sumner, Hugo Naudé, Erik Laubscher, Ezrom Legae, Pieter Wenning, WH Coetzer, and others.