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Exhibition Opening – Arium by Jaco van Schalkwyk

13/06/2019 @ 18:00 - 20:00


The Gerard Sekoto Gallery, in collaboration with Barnard Gallery, Cape Town is pleased to present -arium, a solo exhibition by award winning artist Jaco van Schalkwyk.

Prof. Karen von Veh, from the University of Johannesburg, will be our guest speaker for the evening.


Jaco van Schalkwyk’s ever-evolving exploration of the photorealist technique may be seen to indicate a preoccupation with illusionism – a constant attempt to seamlessly capture reality in paint, to achieve perfection in surface, to master the representation of space and light. But this painterly hyperrealism points to an investigation which functions beyond illusionism, one fascinated with and attuned to the processes of representation itself. In -arium, this consideration of the modes and constructions of representation finds its most complex and multi-faceted expression yet. Through the use of various media – painting, sculpture, installation, assemblage and film – van Schalkwyk considers questions of representation both in the artistic endeavour and in the everyday ways we construct and mediate realities around ourselves, our environment and our encounters with the ‘other’.

Central to -arium is van Schalkwyk’s contemporary play on the concept of the cabinet of curiosities. The cabinet of curiosities or Wunderkammer as it emerged in Renaissance Europe, a predecessor of our modern practices of collecting and cataloguing, aimed to create a microcosm of the world in its presentation of a vast array of collected objects and specimens from foreign cultures and locales. In -arium, van Schalkwyk seeks to recreate and restage this practice – and the questions of voyeurism, power, fetishization and objectification implied within it – through the lens of our contemporary modes of engagement with the ‘other’ and the ‘exotic’.

Barnard has presented five solo exhibitions of van Schalkwyk’s work including Nemora at VOLTA, Basel in 2018. His work has been selected for inclusion on curated shows at respected museums and institutions in South Africa, USA, China and France and his paintings can be found in the collections of the South African Reserve Bank, University of Pretoria, Absa Bank, Ellerman House, Pretoria Art Museum, University of Johannesburg and Rand Merchant Bank Corporate Collection.


The Exhibition opens Thursday evening 13 of June 2019 at the Alliance Française in Johannesburg and will run until the 6 of July.

The Opening takes place from 18:00 to 20:00.

We invite you all to experience this beautiful exhibition with us.

Hope to see you there!


The exhibition will be on display for viewing from 14 of June until the 6 of July 2019. The Gerard Sekoto Gallery is open to the public from 09:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and from 09:00 to 12:30 on Saturday.


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Gerard Sekoto Gallery
17 Lower Park Drive, Parkview
Johannesburg, South Africa


Alliance Française Johannesburg