What We’re Looking Forward To At The RMB Turbine Art Fair 2019

With a new venue in Illovo and more participating artists and galleries, there's so much to be excited about seeing at the RMB Turbine Art Fair 2019.

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'Two Studies of a Wound ii'(2019) by Lwando Dlamini is one of the works due to appear at the RMB Turbine Art Fair 2019.


One of our highlights of the annual art calendar is the RMB Turbine Art Fair, where a slew of lesser-known and more commercial projects get their opportunity to shine. This year, the Johannesburg-based fair is in a new location, moving away from its original space in Newtown at the Turbine Hall to a venue in Illovo, which we hope will make for an interesting change in atmosphere. 

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'Our vision for Turbine Art Fair has always been to develop young artists and grow the market for African art, and elevate art collecting across a wider market. South Africans have really embraced this fair since the beginning, and we are delighted to be moving to a bigger venue in 2019. Visitors will be able to view exciting installations, larger gallery spaces and a more conceptually curated fair – but in the relaxed enviroment that has always been the signature of Turbine Art Fair,' says its founder, Glynis Hyslop.

Here’s What We’re Looking Forward to at the RMB Turbine Art Fair 2019

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'French Kiss' by Nkosinathi Ngulube.

RMB Talent Unlocked  

The RMB Turbine Art Fair is a fantastic place to learn about new artists you might not have encountered yet, and the annual Talent Unlocked section provides a great opportunity to access this new crop of artists.

South African photographer Fulufhelo Mobadi has curated the space this year following the six month intensive workshop that Assemblage, in collaboration with Visual Arts Network of South Africa and the RMB Turbine Art Fair, has coordinated. 

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'Abstract with Green, Blue and Red' by Douglas Portway.

A Meeting of Minds: Louis Khehla Maqhubela and Douglas Portway Presented by Strauss & Co

There was something unforgettable about Strauss & Co's Irma Stern show last year, and equally wondrous was their presentation of JH Pierneef works the year before, so we’re excited for this year’s offering from them.

This year, the company is celebrating the story of artists Louis Khehla Maqhubela and Douglas Portway, who met for the first time in St Ives, Cornwall, in 1967, after Maqhubela won the prestigious Artist of Fame and Promise award at the Adler Fielding Gallery in Johannesburg. This presentation promises to be a great way to understand how their work evolved from this chance encounter. 

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Market Photo Workshop Alumni Exhibition 

If you’re looking for insight into what photography looks like in South Africa – or simply for a different perspective on Johannesburg itself – then the Market Theatre Workshop Alumni Exhibition is always a good place to start.

As one of the city’s foremost talent incubators, the workshop is also an important institution that we should all be supporting in whatever way we can. 

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'Shaka's Shrine' (2013) by Dumisani Mabaso.

Dumisani Mabaso Benefit Exhibition 

The life and work of Rorke’s Drift-trained printmaker Dumisani Mabaso gets a long overdue retrospective at the fair this year. The artist, who passed away in 2013, worked in printmaking for over two decades in South Africa, and established the Sguzu Printmaker's Workshop in Johannesburg. 

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'Midnight' by Kamogelo Masemola.

Graduate Exhibition Curated By Kefiloe Siwisa in Collaboration With Maja Marx

Now in its fifth year, the annual graduate show at the RMB Turbine Art Fair 2019 handpicks some of the most exciting talent coming out of South Africa’s schools.

It’s a brilliant show if you’re trying to start your art collection – and nothing makes more sense than supporting the next wave of talent coming out of the country. 

For more about the RMB Turbine Art Fair 2019, head to their website

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