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Wim Botha: Still Life with Discontent

  • Wim Botha (South African), A Thousand Things part 190, 2014. Treated wood and black ink.

  • Wim Botha (South African), Still Life with Water, 2015. Wood, bronze, oil paint, glass, fluorescent lights.

  • Wim Botha (South African), Untitled (Nebula 9), 2016. Carrara marble, wooden pedestal.

About the Exhibition

21c Museum Hotel Durham and the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh will present South African artist Wim Botha’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S., Wim Botha: Still Life with Discontent. Featuring works that span Botha’s career, the cross-institutional exhibition will provide visitors with varied experiences of the artist’s work and a new site-specific installation at each venue. Co-curated by 21c Chief Curator and Museum Director Alice Gray Stites and NCMA Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Jennifer Dasal, Wim Botha: Still Life with Discontent examines Botha’s multimedia practice and his use of diverse materials to question and subvert aesthetic conventions of power and value.

Botha was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1974. He graduated from the University of Pretoria with a BA (Visual Art) in 1996. He lives in Cape Town. He has received a number of awards, including the Helgaard Steyn Prize for sculpture in 2013, the Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 2005, and the first Tollman Award in 2003. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at the Norval Foundation (2018); Galerie Hans Meyer (2017); Feldbusch Wiesner Rudolph (2017); Fondation Blachère in Apt, France (2016); Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin (2015); the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (2014); Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2013), and the Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch, as the Stellenbosch University Wordfest Artist for 2013.

Notable group exhibitions include The Divine Comedy: Heaven, purgatory and hell revisited by contemporary African artists at MMK (Museum für Moderne Kunst), Frankfurt, Germany, traveling to other venues (2014–15); Lichtspiele at Museum Biedermann, Donaueschingen, Germany (2014); Imaginary Fact: South African Art and the Archive, the South African Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); The Rainbow Nation, Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague (2012); the Göteborg Biennial, Sweden (2011); Memories of the Future: The Olbricht Collection, La Maison Rouge, Paris (2011); the 11th Triennale für Kleinplastik, Fellbach, Germany (2010); Peekaboo: Current South Africa, Tennis Palace Art Museum, Helsinki (2010); Olvida Quien Soy—Erase me from who I am, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2006); the seventh edition of Dak’Art, the Dakar Biennale (2006); and the touring exhibition Africa Remix (2004–07).

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