William Humphreys Art Gallery

The Rovos Hunting Safari journey is unique in that it combines both physical and cultural elements to create a trip that encompasses everything this country has to offer. For those who do not wish to embark on a hunting trip, there is always the choice of perusing one of the most distinguished art galleries in the country, the William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberley. The gallery was opened in 1952, with the name as a homage to its principal patron and benefactor, William Benbow Humphreys.

Peter Clarke - You really must come sometime

Peter Clarke – “You really must come sometime”

Estelle Marais – “Karoo Gothic” (Danie en Dollie)”

William Humphreys himself led a long and rich life; in particular, his passion for arts. In 1948, he bestowed upon the city of Kimberley most of his own personal collection of sixteenth and seventeenth century Dutch, Flemish, British and French paintings, artworks and antique furniture. Added to this already incredible collection were prominent South African artworks compiled by the members of the Art Section of the Kimberley Athenaeum a well as items from the Max Greenberg Bequest. Recently, the gallery acquired two collections of great significance; the Meyer Collection of European and Oriental Porcelain and the Lawson Collection of Old Master Drawings and Prints. The William Humphreys Gallery prides itself on collecting and supporting not just art in South Africa, but all aspects of culture and education. The gallery is also known for being the first to recognise cinema as an art form in the Northern Cape.

Karoo Gothic

 

William Humphreys himself led a long and rich life; in particular, his passion for arts. In 1948, he bestowed upon the city of Kimberley most of his own personal collection of sixteenth and seventeenth century Dutch, Flemish, British and French paintings, artworks and antique furniture. Added to this already incredible collection were prominent South African artworks compiled by the members of the Art Section of the Kimberley Athenaeum a well as items from the Max Greenberg Bequest. Recently, the gallery acquired two collections of great significance; the Meyer Collection of European and Oriental Porcelain and the Lawson Collection of Old Master Drawings and Prints. The William Humphreys Gallery prides itself on collecting and supporting not just art in South Africa, but all aspects of culture and education. The gallery is also known for being the first to recognise cinema as an art form in the Northern Cape.

William Humphreys artworks

 

Take a walk around the gallery and discover the wonders of art as you encounter works that are both historically and culturally significant to South Africa as well as international pieces. The story of South Africa is showcased through notable works by Pierneef, Stern and Van Wouws as well as contemporary artists. Artworks range from paintings and ceramics to sculptures and film; creating a diverse tour unlike any other in the country. The gallery boasts an extensive archive with a collection of 300 African films to view. Once you’ve been culturally enriched, visit the adjoining Palette Tea Room for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea.

Peter Clarke “Passing through”

Peter Clarke Passing through

The gallery regularly hosts musical evenings and soirees while being actively involved in an outreach programme that focusses on showcasing art and staging exhibitions in rural towns around the Northern Cape.

Gabisile Nkosi – “Imvelaphi (heritage)

Gabisile Nkosi's Imvelaphi

 

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