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Members Spotlight: Joburg Contemporary Art Foundation (JCAF) South Africa

JCAF is an academic research institute, a platform for museum exhibitions and an innovative technology laboratory. The foundation is located in Johannesburg, a city of rapid change and innovation, whose growth has accelerated in post-apartheid South Africa.  JCAF looks to this energy for inspiration, while seeking to serve as a place of intellectual and creative rigour, and contributing to the advancement of the city and society.

JCAF is a foundation dedicated to research, technology and art. As a hybrid institution, JCAF combines an academic research institute, an innovative technology laboratory and a platform for museum-quality exhibitions. JCAF is a non-collecting foundation, which does not own art or house a private art collection.

Exhibition of the Week:

Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, Athens, Greece

‘Nouveau Realisme’

Nouveau Réalisme, or New Realism, is one of the major art movements of the 20th century and it emerged at a turning point in History, when art ceased being called modern and became contemporary. Some of its 13 members became well-known artists who have left their mark on art.
Eight of these artists were present on October 27, 1960, the day that the joint declaration written by art critic Pierre Restany that briefly defined New Realism as the “new perceptive approaches to reality” was signed. In alphabetical order, those were

WAF Members: Events Schedule


Our the next few months we have WAF Members virtual events covering fundraising with Leslie Ramos, Head of International Relations at Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght, mediation and education programmes with Inês Brandão, Head of Cultural Mediation and Digital Strategy at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and as well as marketing and communications with Leonie Merkl, Communications Manager at Kunstnernes Hus. View our full programme here…

WAF Conference 2022 Review: Photos & Programme

Read Our Latest Newsletter: Traveling Through the World of Art Foundations

This imaginary exhibitions world tour around art foundations provokes plenty of thoughts about our past and future, starting with three iconic women artists ‘Kahlo, Sher-Gil, Stern‘ at the J.C.A.F. in Jo’burg (SA); more about the now and the future with the artist Jota Mombaça in KADIST San Francisco (USA); further on the recent past (How did the pandemic change our way of thinking?) in Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (JPN); and about the influence of classic art in today’s world with ‘Recycling Beauty‘ at Fondazione Prada in Milan (IT). Finally, there is a very last chance to see this weekend the ‘Labyrinths’, that mysterious symbol of fear and hope at Fundación PROA in Buenos Aires (AR).

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