The world of arts and culture can move so fast, blink and you might miss it. We’d hate for you to be out of the loop, so here are the big news stories of the last couple of days for your culture fix.
Before It Is Completely Gone by Thierry Oussou is opening at Stevenson Gallery (JHB)
If you’re looking for a fresh exhibition to ramp up your creativity, make sure you get down to the Stevenson Gallery in Johannesburg for Thierry Oussou’s ‘Before It Is Completely Gone’. Using his practiced style, Oussou incorporates ink, acrylic, and oil-bar, as well as three-dimensional pieces in this exhibition, to put forward his theme of social archaeology. The exhibition opens on 3rd February and runs until 16 March.
The Top of The Ritz opens for dinner
The recently refurbished Ritz Hotel in Sea Point has been the subject of much discussion lately, and for good reason. The facelift has the hotel looking better than ever. The restaurant, The Top of The Ritz, has now also opened. Situated on the 23rd floor, the revolving restaurant offers endless views of the Atlantic seaboard. The food is overseen by Adrian Cook, and whose upbringing in the Western Cape has inspired the tasting menu. The restaurant is open for dinners and if you ask us, is a great date night spot.
Adjaye’s Museum of African American History and Culture named Design of the Year
Sir David Adjaye, the world’s most influential architect, has received the award for Design of The Year 2017 for his Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. As part of an awards project set up by the Design Museum in London, the Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington took the top spot for its role in highlighting diversity, as well as telling the story of African American people in a respectful and touching way.
Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA founder, dies at 91
Flat-pack furniture pioneer, Ingvar Kamprad, has died at his home in Småland, Sweden. Kamprad established the iconic company in 1943 after watching a furniture store employee remove the legs of a table to fit it into a customer’s car. Since then, the company has expanded to 389 stores worldwide. The revolutionary furniture design and flat pack capabilities made IKEA a worldwide success. Despite his billionaire status, Kamprad led a famously frugal life and was known to drive an aging Volvo and always brought his own lunch to work.