Last week, we announced the launch of Walter Battiss: “I invented myself” The Jack Ginsberg Collection at WAM. The show has opened to critical acclaim, and we’ve got the lowdown on what’s being going on.

According to Wits Art Museum Marketing Coordinator, Gontse Mathabathe the Walter Battiss: “I invented myself” The Jack Ginsberg Collection exhibition has been their “biggest and most exciting exhibition this year” with lots of buzz surround this exclusive exhibition.

Walter Battiss Exhibition

The Collection

For over 25 years, philanthropist and art enthusiast, Jack Ginsberg, has been collecting the works of famed South African artist, Walter Battiss. His extraordinary collection includes 700 artworks, books and other collectable items. The collection, as curated by Warrem Siebrits, is arranged in a chronological fashion, allowing the viewer a step-by-step insight into aspects of the late artist’s life.

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When the exhibition is over (on the 9th of October 2016), the collection will form part of WAM’s permanent holdings, accessible to students by appointment for the purposes of research.

Exhibition Highlight

Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to explore Walter Battiss’ Fook Island: an imaginary place inspired by Battiss’ global travels. You’ll be able view Fook Island images, as well as discover the Fook alphabet, passports and stamps on display.

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Items on Sale

The exhibition is accompanied by a 340-page illustrated book that is available for the duration of the exhibition at R1000 (or R1500 thereafter). There will also be various Battiss merchandise for purchase, such as scarves, T-shirts, crockery, wrapping paper and post-cards.

Catch the Walter Battiss: “I invented myself” The Jack Ginsberg Collection exhibition on now at Wits Art Museum until 9 October 2016.

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