The Scheryn Art Collection is proud to support the South African Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017

10 May 2017

The Scheryn Art Collection is proud to announce its support of the South African Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale through the Friends of the South African Pavilion. The Pavilion opens to the public on Saturday, 13 May, 2017.

The Venice Biennale is the most prestigious international platform for contemporary art and this year’s edition will feature 85 National Participations set in the historic pavilions at the Giardini, the Arsenale, and the city of Venice. The Biennale offers an important platform to promote South African art and incredible exposure to the exhibiting artists, Mohau Modisakeng and Candice Breitz.

The South African Pavilion has been created by Connect Channel on behalf of the South African Department of Arts and Culture (DAC). Chief Curator Lucy MacGarry and Assistant Curator Musha Neluheni have chosen Mohau Modisakeng and Candice Breitz as the artists to represent South Africa at this year’s edition.

Scheryn is thrilled to be involved in such a prestigious international event and to be given the opportunity to promote South African Art to a global audience. “The Scheryn Art Collection was founded in order to make meaningful and sustainable contributions to the African Art market so when we were given the chance to be involved with the South African Pavilion we jumped at the opportunity” says Herman Steyn, director of the Scheryn Art Collection.

Having works by both Mohau Modisakeng and Candice Breitz in the Scheryn Art collection there are some obvious synergies between the SA Pavilion and Scheryn. Mr Steyn adds, “It is important to have these positive working relationships between public and private bodies all working towards promoting a thriving South African art scene”

Herman Steyn along with fellow founder and director of Scheryn, Dabing Chen, will be in Venice for the opening week which runs from 8-13 May. As part of the Friends of the South African Pavilion Mr Steyn and Mr Chen will be co-hosting the Pavilion Party on the evening of the 10 May. “It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the hard work of the South African Pavilion and recognise the two artists who are showcasing South Africa” says Mr Chen.

Scheryn is delighted to be involved in supporting the South African Pavilion and looks forward to the opening and prolonged success of the South African Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

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