Turbine Art Fair has a new home at Hyde Park Corner — a centre of Johannesburg’s vibrant art scene for over four decades. Since opening its doors in 1970, expansive and ambitious works by some of the country’s leading artists have been at the heart of the mall’s public art program — a legacy that continues today, and that TAF’23 will be taking to new heights.
Visitors to the mall over the years fondly remember that the parking lot once featured over 35 metres of sgraffito carving by celebrated artist Cecil Skotnes. Though drastically reduced in scale today, the work has been preserved in-part. Media clippings from 1969 Skotnes Family Archive reveal that the work was the subject of major interest, particularly to motorists passing by the mall on their way to work, watching from their vehicles as Skotnes carved and painted the work into life.
A floor down, and still visible today to movie-goers at the mall’s cinema, lies a monumental mosaic work by Armando Baldinelli that traverses the length of one wall opposite the popcorn counter. Another ceramic work by Cattaneo and Liebermann Pottery studio once held pride of place in the lower levels, but has since been removed. It also wasn’t too long ago that an extraordinary bronze work by sculptor Eduardo Villa could be viewed in one of the mall’s courtyard areas.
Later in the mall’s development, contemporary works by the likes of artist Simon Stone were added to the collection. Stone’s mosaic-lined water feature can be found alongside the elevator on the lowest floor of the mall near Teddy’s Patisserie, continuing Hyde Park Corner’s legacy of supporting the arts in Johannesburg.
It’s just one of the reasons why we’re so thrilled to be bringing the fair to this historic location, where contemporary galleries like Cherie De Villiers Fine Art Gallery, Graham’s Contemporary, Scapegoat Gallery, Charles Greig Gallery, and several others, join a long line of art spaces that have called the mall home over the years.
For more information about this year’s fair read our story about what to expect at TAF’23 , and make sure to book your tickets here before they’re sold out. As usual, the fair is going to be one of the most exciting events on Johannesburg’s art calendar — and now also for those wanting to explore more about the Hyde Park’s fascinating art history