On Friday night we were fortunate enough to be on the guest list for the VIP launch event of a new gallery, Eclectica Design and Art.
The event served to acquaint the media and art world with this incredible new creative space, and to open their first exhibition, Bauhaus revisited.
Although we have chosen careers that are seemingly far from this world, both of us took creative subjects (one of us art, the other design) in high school. Before that, we were given an education in the arts by our Mum from a young age and always saw the intrinsic value of deviating from the science and business subjects that ultimately lead us to pursuing our studies in Economics and Medicine.
Needless to say, it was a privilege to be in the company of creatives and experts that refreshed our memory as to the essence of the Bauhaus. The school operated from 1919 to 1933 in Germany and reflected the social, economic and political issues of the time while creating a link between industrialism, technology and art. It is still regarded as one of the most influential art schools of the 20th century, and remains a source of inspiration for so many.
Stated by guest speaker Andrew Lamprecht, curator contemporary visual artist and senior lecturer at Michaelis School of Fine Art :
“Bauhaus revisited sees six South African creatives – artists, designers and an architect – come together at Eclectica design and art to curate individual spaces that draw on the extensive and varied treasures of modernist design and contemporary art that the gallery holds and, for want of a better word, play with issues that are relevant to them.”
We thoroughly enjoyed viewing the exhibition and encourage you to do the same; it runs until the 18th of October. Eclectica will also be open for their first edition of First Thursdays on the 1st of October, if you plan to attend First Thursdays this is definitely a gallery not to be missed. You can find them at 179 Buitengracht Street or alternatively get in touch via their website.
A huge congratulations to the Eclectica team on a wonderful first exhibition, we can’t wait to see what you do next.
All photos by Donna Mohamed, and are property of separated sisters blog.