The sixth edition of the RMB Turbine Art Fair will take place at the iconic Turbine Hall, Johannesburg from 12th to 15th July 2018.
RMB Turbine Art Fair has firmly established itself as the must-attend event on the annual South African art calendar by offering visitors an opportunity to view and buy quality artwork from emerging and established talent all curated within the heritage building of Turbine Hall, Newtown.
The RMB Turbine Art Fair is an all-encompassing cultural experience for visitors, with artisanal food and beverages, vibrant music and an interactive Talks Programme. It differentiates itself from other South African art fairs through its accessible pricing strategy. The selling price of artworks generally falls between R1000 and R50 000, which presents opportunities to savvy investors and new buyers to extend their collections easily, and for new artists to thrive off this talent platform. This art fair is a unique South African arts festival that brings together galleries and artists from around the country to present and sell works in the iconic Turbine Hall.The RMB Turbine Art Fair will present a series of special projects for visitors to view during this 2018 Fair. These projects include ‘The RMB Private Bank Talks Programme’. Throughout the weekend of the Fair, this daily programme includes walkabouts with celebrities, art professionals, and well-known artists and is partnered by RMB Private Bank. These free walkabouts also include age-appropriate options aimed at helping children understand art and sharing a vocabulary that equips them to appreciate and describe it.
A Fair highlight of 2018 is an exhibition featuring a selection of Irma Stern still lifes from private collections titled “Is there Still Life? The Work of Irma Stern”, proudly presented by Strauss & Co. Not only is Irma Stern the bestselling artist on the secondary market, and specifically at Strauss & Co, but her still lifes serve as inspiration to young contemporary artists as well. A competition among scholars at tertiary art schools in Gauteng has been created for artists to submit a still life in a medium of their choice and a selection of the best works will be exhibited at RMB Turbine Art Fair alongside the Stern showcase.
Turbine Art Fair is proudly sponsoring “This landscape. This landscape! The Quintessential Metaphor For Life” by David Koloane in collaboration with LL Editions and curated by Ruzy Rusik to celebrate 80 years of artist David Koloane.
Installations have always been an exciting part of the RMB Turbine Art Fair. Curator, Tamzin Lovell-Miller asks the question “Who are we after this “Post-Truth” time has shaped us?” Pulling together artworks that range from the finely crafted to the augmented virtual, and the interactive physical and digital, this year’s installations are experiences set to intrigue and inspire audiences of the Fair, and leave them with some extraordinary new ideas.
The Graduate Exhibition returns for a 4th year and is curated especially for the RMB Turbine Art Fair. This exhibition features some of the best post-graduate paintings and in 2018 the inclusion of photography from university arts departments across South Africa. The 2018 exhibition will be curated by Musa N. Nxumalo.
RMB Talent Unlocked partnered by Rand Merchant Bank has funded a six-month intensive workshop programme for emerging artists, that integrates practical art-making (focusing on process and conceptual development) and professional practice training in collaboration with Assemblage and VANSA. This exciting exhibition of emerging artists will be curated by Fulufhelo Mobadi.
There’s something for everyone at this year’s art fair, so don’t miss out. Tickets are available at the door or via Webtickets.