Exhibition Opening – Arium by Jaco van Schalkwyk

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.

Fête de la Musique

The energising power of live music will fill the streets of Newtown on Saturday 8 June 2019, when the Fête de la Musique brings yet another unforgettable day-long party to the streets of Joburg’s cultural heartland.

Now in its eighth year of treating the citizens of Jozi to new and eclectic forms of musical expression, this free public music festival is presented by the Alliance Française of Johannesburg and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), with the support of Total South Africa and in partnership with Bassline Live, the Market Theatre Foundation, Trace, Newtown Junction, Workshop Newtown and News Café.

Bring the family along, park safely at Newtown Junction, and come and enjoy an afternoon of fun, music, food and festivities as Joburg turns out in force to celebrate the unifying power of music, across boundaries and continents.

The block framed by Miriam Makeba, Lilian Ngoyi, Carr and Henry Nxumalo streets will transform into a giant pedestrian zone where six indoor and outdoor stages will feature more than 20 exciting South African, French and international music acts between 11am and 7pm.

The uplifting world-music vibes by a host of established and emerging artists – spanning genres ranging from Afro-folk to Zulu rock, from reggae to neo-soul, and from countries ranging from Mozambique to the Democratic Republic of Congo – will continue non-stop throughout the day on the various stages:

  • Trace TV stage from 11am: Refentse Solo, Tendaness, the US, Darkie Fiction
  • Work Shop Newtown stage from 11am: Grace-Attalie, Umle, Musa Mashiane, Deltino Guerreiro
  • Total stage from 12 noon: Les Fantastiques, Dark Blue Orchestra, Urban Village, Msaki
  • News Café stage from 12 noon: Finna Cry, DJ Monique, Nandele, Jackie Queens
  • Newtown Junction stage from 11am: PG_13, Gunshot Blue, Red Robyn, Tidal Waves
  • Market Theatre stage from 11am: Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble (two performances)

Plus, look out (and listen out) for the uplifting sounds of the Bambanani Brass Band as they make their way around the precinct during the day’s festivities.

Offering you the opportunity to discover fascinating new music and meet new friends – for free – this year’s Fête de la Musique on 8 June 2019 promises to be the most festive ever. It’s Jozi’s ultimate winter warmer!

For more information, and to view the full programme, visit www.fetedelamusiquejhb.co.za; you can also like @fetedelamusique on Facebook, and follow @JoburgFDLM on Twitter and @fetedelamusiquejhb on Instagram.