The Norval Foundation is featuring Vedanā: The collection of Véronique Susman-Savigne in a new Collector’s Focus series of exhibitions to provide a platform where artworks in these collections can be viewed, discussed and appreciated.
Only few high quality art collections are accessible to the public worldwide, as many remain on view only in private residences, corporate offices or are hidden away in storage.
“These exhibitions honour the contributions that collectors have made in supporting and promoting artists and designers, and they present an opportunity to share with the public the vital role that collectors play,” says Elana Brundyn, Director of Norval Foundation.
Vedanā: Experiences of Tonality in the Véronique Susman-Savigne Collection, on display in Gallery 9 at Norval Foundation until 7 January 2019, forms part of the Collector’s Focus series of private art collections.
This exhibition presents a constellation of works from the collection of Véronique Susman-Savigne acquired on several continents, which reflects on humanity’s existential questions.
Vedanā is a Buddhist term referring to the range of pleasant, neutral and unpleasant sensations that occur when our physical sensations come into contact with our mental state and feelings.
The selected works present in themes centred around love, identity, belonging, acceptance and rebellion, memory and amnesia, stillness and motion, rhythm and blues. The exhibition also catalogues life’s in between moments, where nothing happens. These are the neutral feelings in vedanā where time freezes, and where motions ease.
Figurative and abstract works
Vedanā: Experiences of Tonality in the Véronique Susman-Savigne Collection brings together figurative and abstract works; vivid faces, blurred figures, suggestions, declarations and gestures, as subjective equivalents of a life experienced. What is being represented are inner states of being.
Central to this programme is an understanding that art collecting is not necessarily a privilege reserved for a select few. Instead, from humble beginnings and in unlikely places, a passion for art can lead to a lifetime of collecting.
What: Collector’s Focus at Norval Foundation
Norval Exhibition: Vedanā: Experiences of Tonality in the Véronique Susman-Savigne Collection
Where: Gallery 9 Norval Foundation Cape Town South Africa
Curated by: Mike Tigere Mavura
When: 27 October – 7 January 2019