40 under 40: Art exhibition KRONE X WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery will present 40 under 40 from 25 September 2021 to 28 February 2022. This provocative presentation of 60 diverse works from 40 young artists – all of whom are under the age of 40 – will be installed across seven indoor and outdoor sites at the historic Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate, the home of Krone Cap Classique, in Tulbagh.

The six-month-long show represents a celebratory moment on the contemporary art calendar, drawing on rising and established talents from across the African continent and beyond.

Selected works are placed together in conversation and were created largely during the pandemic. Collectively, they address a world which demands renewed negotiations of intimacy and sociality. These responses span painting, photography, sculpture, murals, video, mixed media, and installation. The artists represent a generation determined to flip the script and manifest new ways of making and being in the world.

40 under 40 artists

The 40 participating artists include Lakin Ogunbanwo (Nigeria), Stephané Edith Conradie (Namibia), Sepideh Mehraban (Iran), Chris Soal (South Africa) and Ronald Muchatuta (Zimbabwe), among others. The impetus is to experience all 60 pieces in relation to one another, but standout examples to look forward to, include oil paint and plaster sculptures by Mia Chaplin; exquisitely rendered beadwork sculptures by Asemahle Ntlonti in collaboration with Noxolo Dyosi and Pumla Lempuku; delicate pencil drawing by Dada Khanyisa; large scale woodblock reliefs by Sthenjwa Luthuli; and paintings by Callan Grecia and Matthew Eguavoen.

Guests will navigate the exhibition via directional wayfinding and a map connecting the various sites. There are seven locations spread across the estate and the route is ordered from start to finish. The exhibition begins at the KRONE X WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery premises and leads out onto the gardens and lawns before winding its way to the cellar annex and arcade before finishing at the reception area. It makes for several hours of exploration and contemplation, with the nearby Krone Cap Classique tasting room providing ample opportunity for pause, refreshment, and reflection.

40 under 40: Art exhibition

40 under 40 guided walkabouts

To allow visitors a more personal engagement with the pieces on show, there will be guided public walkabouts and artists’ activations on the dates below:

  • 25 September 2021
  • 2 October 2021
  • 6 November 2021
  • 4 December 2021
  • 15 January 2022
  • 5 February 2022

Entrance to the exhibition itself is free. Pre-booking for the walkabouts is required, as walkabout participants will be served a glass of Krone Cap Classique. Book here via email: igsaan@whatiftheworld.com.

What: 40 under 40

Where and when: Twee Jonge Gezellen wine estate, Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate Road, Tulbagh from 25 September 2021 to 28 February 2022

Viewing hours: Monday to Saturday, from 10h00 – 16h00

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