Exhibition of contemporary art Rendez-vous, Iziko South African National Gallery
As part of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013, Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) will host Rendez-vous 12 in collaboration with the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, the Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes and the École nationale supérieure des beaux‑arts de Lyon. The exhibition is produced in association with the Lyon Biennale.
The exhibition will be open to the public on the 12th of July. You will also have the chance to come and meet the visiting artists on Thursday, 12th and on Saturday, 14th July at 11h00 at the Iziko South African National Gallery before going back to their respective countries. To book, please contact Shameen Adams at email@example.com or 021 481 3974.
An unusual feature of Rendez-vous is the involvement of ten curators of international biennials and triennials. Each was invited to submit the names of several artists to the curators of Rendez-vous, who then made their final selection of twenty artists. The exhibition showcases the participants’ new projects in sculpture, video, installation, drawing, painting and performance.
The works on Rendez-vous 12 express a diversity of interests and concerns. Quiet, contemplative images by Viriya Chotpanyavisut reflect the artist’s interest in using photography ‘to observe little things’ while, in contrast, Julia Cottin’s ‘trees’ in her installation Fôret de Juma have a massive physicality. The work of several artists, such as Thomas Leon or Rohini Devasher, occupies the in-between space bordering the real and the fictitious, reached through the use of contemporary technology. At the other end of the scale, Emilie Peythieu finds inspiration in waste and debris, the product of urban living and consumerism. References are made to a miscellany of sources, from spaghetti westerns to Marcus Garvey, and materials range from the mass-produced to the ancient and homemade.
While the National Gallery has previously hosted exhibitions from France, in collaboration with the French government, this exhibition represents a first in terms of contemporary international art on such a large scale - from Japan, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Australia, South Korea, India, Russia and France among other countries. The focus on young artists from across the globe provides visitors with a unique opportunity to discover and explore the work of emerging artists internationally.
Pictures of the exhibition here!
This event is organised as part of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013. www.france-southafrica.com