Pierneef exhibition - Ons Land/Our Land: The Johannesburg Station Panels Revisited
Stellenbosch University Art Gallery, corner of Dorp and Bird streets
Date & Time:
Until May 12.
Tel: 021 808-3524/3489.
Pierneef’s Johannesburg Railway Station panels, made in the early 1930s, are cornerstones of South African landscape painting.
They hung in the concourse of the city’s old railway station and depicted 28 views in South Africa and Namibia. In 2007 photographer Monique Pelser and painter Carl Becker independently set out to explore whether these places ever existed and, if so, what they look like today. The result of their travels in Pierneef’s footprints is a collaborative Ons Land/Our Land: The Johannesburg Station Panels Revisited. Highlighting the complex dynamic between past and present, history and culpability, and truth and imagination, it is an intelligent, heartfelt exhibition that transcends its subject.