Elfriede Dreyer

CURATING & CONSULTING

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Exhibition, sourcing, curating and installation of artworks for corporates, embassies, private homes and art festivals

Provision of advice and inspection reports, as well as art brokering and acquisition advice to art collectors.

Experience of more than 30 years in the South African art industry.

 

Archive of Curatorial and Exhibition Projects

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Installation view, Elfriede Dreyer, Loeritha Saayman, Elsa van der Klashorst

Installation view, Elfriede Dreyer, Loeritha Saayman, Elsa van der Klashorst

Elsa van der Klashorst, Nellien Brewer

Elsa van der Klashorst, Nellien Brewer

Elsa van der Klashorst, Nellien Brewer

Elsa van der Klashorst, Nellien Brewer

Mieke Machiels

Mieke Machiels

Elfriede Dreyer, Zelda Cloete. Elsa van der Klashorst

Elfriede Dreyer, Zelda Cloete. Elsa van der Klashorst

Elfriede Dreyer, Loeritha Saayman

Elfriede Dreyer, Loeritha Saayman

Loeritha Saayman, Thelma van Rensburg

Loeritha Saayman, Thelma van Rensburg

Nellien Brewer, Loeritha Saayman

Nellien Brewer, Loeritha Saayman

Corporate curation & collaboration

Art in the Embassy programme (AIEP), art work curated for American Embassy Pretoria, 2019

Collaboration with Marianne Fenton, curator at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, on the internationally touring exhibition, Don't ask me where I'm from, 2019 >

Absa Bank funding. Tribute /Huldeblyk, KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees) >, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape. 21 - 27  2019. Curated artists: Ariana van Heerden (Dr) (exTUT, UP); Avitha Sooful  (exVUT, UP); Carl Jeppe (exTUT); David Paton (UJ); Dominic Thorburn (Prof) (Rhodes); Elfriede Dreyer (Prof) (Unisa, ); Diane Victor  (UP); Elizabeth Gunter  (Prof) (US); Emma Willemse  (tutor Unisa); Gordon Froud (UJ); Gregory Kerr (Dr) (exUP, exUS); Guy du Toit  (UP); Gwenneth Miller (Dr) (Unisa); Ian Redelinghuys (exTUT); Ingrid Stevens (Prof) (exTUT); Jan van der Merwe (Dr)  (TUT); Jeremy Wafer (Prof) (Wits); Keith Dietrich (Prof) (exUS); Kim Berman (Prof) (UJ); Margaret Gradwell (Prof)(ex UP); Ricky Burnett (private).

Belgian consulate funded. Pascual Tarazona, selected work, 2018.

National Arts Festival, Home 2018 >. With Nellien Brewer, Loeritha Saayman, Elfriede Dreyer, Thelma van Rensburg, Elsa van der Klashorst, Zelda Cloete, Mieke Machiels.

 

Absa Bank funding. Vuurdans/Fire dance, KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees) >, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape. 29 March - 4 April 2018. Curated artists: Alta Botha, Caro Fine, Carol Sachs, Denise Woodgate , Donne Rundle,  Elfriede Dreyer, Ingrid Coerlin, Janet Holding, Mariétta van Rooyen, Mary-Jane Morris, Mieke Machiels, Rosa Snyman Wessels, Terry Zoeller

(Co-curated)  Cool Capital Biennial, Pretoria. The city: a form of life >Open Window Institute, Centurion, 29 Aug – 15 Nov 2014. Participation in the Venice Architecture Biennial 2016

University of Johannesburg funding. Curated solo exhibition of Titus Matiyane: BRICS Capitals: Titus Matiyane’s panoramas. > UJ Art Gallery (University of Johannesburg). 7 Oct – 11 Nov 2015. 5 large-scale panoramas

 

Absa Bank funded. National curator of  Klein Karoo Kunstefees. Solo  and group exhibitions. Title: My land, my land, 3 – 10 April 2015. > Oudtshoorn, Western Cape. More info

 

Andrew W Mellon, Royal Academy of Arts Antwerp and University of Pretoria funding and collaboration. Nomad bodies. > Wintertuin gallery, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Artesis University College, Antwerp. 30 January – 7 February 2014. 25 artworks, 12 artists

New Zealand Embassy, Pretoria. Curating and installation of artworks, 2014

Korean Embassy, Pretoria. Talks on South African arts and culture 2013.

 

Andrew W Mellon and University of Pretoria funding. UP Fine Arts staff exhibition. Part of the Faculty of Humanities Metromusings research project of Visual technologies. Rautenbach Hall, University of Pretoria. 15 – 29 July 2013. Curator's essay

 

Absa Bank funding. Me.Ek. > 17 artists, 56 artworks, Published catalogue. Klein Karoo National Arts Festival. 29 March – 6 April 2013

Oliewenhuis Art Museum funding. Terra, including Terra firma, Terra incognita, Terra nullius, Terra. pericolosa. > Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein. 28 May – 5 July 2015. 22 artists. Four exhibitions in one

Absa Bank funding. Designs/Ontwerpe. 16 artists, 58 artworks >. KKNK, National Arts Festival. 31 March – 7 April 2012

 

Development Bank of Southern Africa funding. Curatorial project with students and community artists: Prosperity murals, 2009 - 2010 >. Included educational workshops. 5 murals executed in Attridgeville, Tshwane, and the Durban Library, Kwazulu Natal.  More info >

Unisa and Oliewenhuis Art Museum funding. Dystopia curated exhibition. >  Curated by Elfriede Dreyer and Jacob Lebeko. 35 artists, 56 artworks Printed catalogue written and produced. UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa: 23 May  – 30 June 2009; Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa: 8 October 8 – 15 November 2009; Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein: 10 June – 8 August 2010 

Development Bank of Southern Africa funded. Curating and provision of sculpture garden for new building in Midrand, 2009

Department of Arts and Culture funded. Curating and provision of artworks fort the New Library of South Africa (NLSA) in Pretoria, 2008

 

University of Pretoria funding.  Centenary: A century in the service of knowledge: Visuality/Commentary. > 85 artists.  Contributed a chapter on the exhibition in printed catalogue.  12 to 21 May 2008

University of Pretoria funding. Reconciliation. Art exhibitions as part of the Art and Reconciliation Festival. > 11 artists’ installations + 2 additional exhibitions. Printed catalogue written and produced: ISBN 0-620-33947-0. Visual Arts Gallery, Architecture Gallery, Conference Centre, Rautenbach Hall, Technical Building of University of Pretoria. 15 – 30 March 2005

Unisa funding. Digital art exhibition >. 13 local and international artists. Full Feature on Kunskafee on national TV. The Spacing, UNISA. September 2002

 

Unisa funding. Retrospective of UNISA students of all the undergraduate years. ± 50 Works on paper. Traveling exhibition of student works. Museum Rust Ten Vreugd, Cape Town; Universities of Durban-Westville and Orange Free State. 1995

 

 

 

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Exhibitions curated at galleries 

Majak Bredell: The New York Years 1981 - 2003. Pretoria Art Museum and Association for Visual Arts, Pretoria.  >. March - June 2020. 

 

Non-place. Moor Gallery, Franschhoek, Western Cape >. 24 September - 16 October 2016. Curated artists: Diane Victor, Eric Duplan, Titus Matiyane, Lothar Böttcher, Loeritha Saayman, Frikkie Eksteen, Pascual Tarazona

Contemporary Investment Art. Knysna Art Festival, Western Cape. 1 - 9 October 2016

 

iMPAC international short-film festival. 5 artists, 7 installations.  Open Window, Pretoria. August 12 – 14 2011 

CURATED AT Fried Contemporary Art Gallery & Studio, Pretoria. 2005 - 2014 >

 

2 0 1 4

Diane Victor, Georgie Papageorge, Bloodlines >

Fried Autumn Art Fair >

Nomad bodies >

Rising stars >

 

2 0 1 3

 

Neo Baroque >

Sculptors@Fried

Alex Hamilton, Almost everyone in Pretoria >

Sungmee Bae, Water reflection and me >

Rozan Cochrane, Reflections

Iris Dawn Parker, Quotidian life: the importance of small things >

Verge, Eric Duplan >

Christiaan Diedericks, Counterpoint >

Fried Autumn Art Fair

Figuration & Negation, Carla Crafford >

Derek Zietsman, Performing man >

 

2 0 1 2

Me 1 (with Jayne Crawshay-Hall as guest curator) >

More info >

Me 3 >

Amita Makan at Me 3 >

Me 2 >

Terra >

Terra pericolosa >

Terra incognita >

Terra nullius >

Terra firma >

 

2 0 1 1

Dimension >

Connections >

Aperture >

History >

Designs: >

Designs of self >

Designs of  nature >

Designs of  living >

Designs of time >

UP Visual Arts staff exhibition

 

2 0 1 0 

Passage

Paula Louw, In part

Cities in transition >

Games people play >

Estelle van den Heever, Private Logic

Collateral >

Bodies in transition >

 

2 0 0 9

Eric Duplan, Elfriede Dreyer, Marlise Keith, From above and beyond >

Diane Victor, Johann Moolman, Rossouw van der Walt, Recent work

Adele Oldfield, Nathani Luneburg, Maria van Rooyen, Just visiting >

Fried Affordable Art Fair

Marina Aucamp, Jacqueline Schoombie, Anna Gous, Esme Kruger, Ruhan Janse van Rensburg, Four women and a man

Tshepo Setshedi, Lianna Loubser, Sybrand Wiechers, Marili de Weerdt, Heart

Eric Duplan, Gordon Froud, Frieda Sonnekus, Suburb

 

2 0 0 8  

Pascual Tarazona, Paper ++

Janina Pechova, Imprinting the cradle

Titus Matiyane, Diek Grobler, Pieter Swanepoel, On the globe >

Chris Diedericks, [small]Poison

Kay Potts, Hush

Karin Preller, Aperture and Toni-Ann Ballenden, Tracings

Diane Victor, Francois van Reenen, Johan Conradie, Angels & Demons >

Cheryl Gage & Mandy Conidaris, Parallel Universes

Karen Lasserre, Face Value

Lance Friedlande

Daandrey Steyn, Hanje Whitehead, Rebecca Emery, Thelma Marais, Us + I

 

2 0 0 7

Keith Dietrich, Fourteen Stations of the cross >

Mark Cloet, Johan Thom, Jacki McInnes, Bliss >

Estie Serfontein, Seeing Red

André Naudé, Sandra Hanekom, Location >

Irene Naudé, Phantom limb

Carine Zaayman, The Secret Adventures of Lady Ann Barnard >

Willem Boshoff, Jan van der Merwe, Johan Conradie, Lost >

Majak Bredell, 2 Decades +  >

Erna Bodenstein, Portraits from beyond >

Carla Crafford, Momentarily endless >

Little deaths >. Trio exhibition with Wilma Cruise, Guy du Toit, Elfriede Dreyer. 2 video productions and manipulated video stills. Printed catalogue written and produced: ISBN 978-0-620-38104-8. Fried Contemporary Art Gallery & Studio, Pretoria, 13 February – 10 March; Bell-Roberts Gallery at Lourensford Wine Estate, Western Cape, 21 April – 31 July 2007.

Talita Swarts, Between Two Silences >

 

2 0 0 6

Ulricke Lourens, Reconstructed restriction >

Marili de Weerdt, Rossouw van der Walt, Shelf Life

Lize Muller, Through the Looking Glass >

Pascual Tarazona, Fragmentations >

Nathani Luneburg, Altered World

Roles/robes >

Carmen Truter, Flesh Text >

Pluto Panoussis, Poster: One decade

Adele Oldfield, Eye of the beholder >

Ester Simonis, Diggings I & II

Andre Naude, untitledongetiteld

Celia de Villiers, LiveWire >

 

2 0 0 5 

Philip Badenhorst, The Missing Year

The Maswanganyi Family

Guy du Toit, More (than) histories

Art from two metropoles >

 

 

Utopia/heterotopia/dystopia are main thematic and conceptual interests

I received awards for curatorial practice for:

National Research Foundation, SA: Rating as researcher since 2012 

University of Pretoria research awards for the following curated exhibitions: 

Me.ek, 2013 | Terra, 2012  | Designs, 2011 | Dystopia, 2010 | Bodies in transition, 2010 | Little Deaths, 2007 | Reconciliation, 2005 |  Solo exhibition: delta, 2006 | I received more than 35 funding awards and grants.