For more than 40 years, well-known art collector and philanthropist Jack Ginsberg has assembled an extraordinary collection of more than 700 artworks, books and ephemera by esteemed South African artist Walter Battiss. Warren Siebrits, the curator of Walter Battiss: “I invented myself” specially selected 120 of these works for the current Rupert Museum exhibition. The exhibition has been enhanced with the inclusion of 9 further works from the Rupert Museum and private collections in the Cape. This is the first time since 1980 that a body of work of this stature and importance by Walter Battiss has been seen in the Cape.
While previous Battiss exhibitions were conceived thematically, the current exhibition is organised chronologically. Viewers will have the opportunity to walk step by step through Battiss’ life and gain insight into aspects of his artistic production, including his extensive travels, interest in rock painting, calligraphy, exploration of multiple media and the Fook island of his imagination. The exhibition features works in oil, watercolour, pen and ink, photography and printmaking. It is also accompanied by a 340-page illustrated book, which has been specially bound in 5 different colours in editions of 300 copies each.
A sister exhibition of Battiss’ works can be viewed at Imibala Gallery, 16 Bright Street, Somerset West. All items are for sale with a percentage of the proceeds going to charity. The exhibition at Imibala will be on until 30 April.
Rupert Museum – Stellentia Avenue Stellenbosch 7600 | South Africa