Sanlam Art Collection

The Sanlam Art Collection, established in 1965, is one of South Africa's finest collections of South African Art.  With holdings of more than 2000 items by some of South Africa's most valued and emerging artists the collection provides a representative overview of South African art dating from the late nineteenth century to the present.  Sanlam continues to acquire works by South African artists to broaden the representative character of the collection.

For more information on the Sanlam Art Collection a series of illustrated articles by Amanda Botha are being published at under Sanlam / Litnet Ons Kunserfenis or contact the curator.

Curator:  Stefan Hundt
Tel:         021 947 3359 / 083 457 2699

Sanlam Art Gallery

A selection from the collection is on exhibition in the Sanlam Art Gallery located in the Sanlam Head Office in Bellville.  With only 2% of the collection on display at any time the exhibition is changed on a bimonthly basis.  The Sanlam Art Collection regularly organises exhibitions that travel to Arts Festivals and public art galleries throughout South Africa.

Gallery hours:  Monday – Friday   09:00 – 16:30
Tel:                   021 947 3359 / 021 947 3165
Entry is free

Currently on Exhibition

Western Cape Interclub Photography Competition

26 October – 9November 2012

This photographic competition is held annually showcasing the best digital and print photographs from 10 amateur photographic clubs in the Western Cape. It reflects the result of local competitions held throughout the year in the different photographic clubs. There is some exuberant talent amongst photographers in the Western-Cape who have approached a diversity of themes from landscape to the close-up fragment, the patently contrived still life to that unique instant of play between light and object. For the budding photographer his show is a must see as it demonstrates once again the equipment doesn’t make the photographer.

The Sanlam Art Collection

27 November 2012 – February 2013

This will showcase some of the gems form the collection rarely seen in one space. A selection of paintings and sculptures ranging from the naturalists paintings of Thomas Baines through to the expressive works of Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern and Harry Trevor to the contemporary installations of Gavin Younge, Jan van der Merwe and Adam Letch. This selection provides an eclectic overview of more than a century of South African art production.

Past Exhibitions:

Gerard De Leeuw (1912 – 1985): A Centenary Exhibition

This a unique opportunity to view one of South Africa’s enigmatic bronze casters. De Leeuw immigrated to South Africa in 1932 as trained sculptor and quickly integrated into the SA artworld. His subject matter ranged from animal studies, portrait commissions to interpretations of African myths and legends. Many of these bronzes were cast in his own back yard in Johannesburg. The 42 works on this exhibition provide a representative overview of this exceptional sculptor who only recently has begun to enjoy the recognition he deserves. Accomapnying this exhibition is a selection of paintings by De Leeuw’s closest companions including Stefan and Iris Ampenberger, Francois Krige, Frans Claerhout, Lippy Lipshitz, Jabob Pierneef, Eben van der Merwe, Walter Westbrook, Gregoire Boonzaier, Alexander and Mariaan Podlashuc and Frans David Oerder to name a few.

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