Experience the breadth of African art and culture in Segera’s beautiful surroundings. The Zeitz Collection is considered one of the leading collections of contemporary art from Africa and the Diaspora in the world today. Founded in 2002, the collection comprises major works of paintings, sculpture, video and installation, including works by Sue Williamson, Chris Ofili, Marlene Dumas, Kudzanai Chiurai, Penny Siopis, Rashid Johnson, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Jane Alexander, Kehinde Wiley, Godfried Donker, Hank Willis Thomas and others.
While many pieces from the collection are regularly exhibited in museums worldwide, much of the collection is spread across all 50,000 acres of Segera Retreat, available to guests in their private villas, in common rooms, poolside, throughout Segera’s many gardens, and in the restored stable-turned-gallery renovated specifically for this purpose of exhibiting great art. Indeed, even on the approach to the entrance of Segera, whether by air or by car, guests are greeted by a site-specific, specially commissioned land art installation that tells the story of time and African migration.
Performance pieces revolving around sustainability, conservation and peace efforts in Africa are also presented regularly in many of the Retreat’s venues. An interpretive tour of the private Zeitz Collection is one of the cultural highlights on Segera. Leading and emerging artists from across Africa are showcased in a series of changing exhibitions organized by world renowned curator, Mark Coetzee, the Zeitz Foundation’s Cultural Specialist. Works from the Zeitz Collection have been exhibited in Finland, Italy, Australia, The Netherlands, England and France, and throughout South Africa. In 2013 the Zeitz Collection will also present its first traveling exhibition in the United States, in Miami, Florida.
Segera’s landscaped splendor, areas of wild botanical life, and graceful architectural structures provide the perfect backdrop for displaying sculpture. In the Zeitz Sculpture Garden, constructed in 2012, monumental works forged from bronze, stone and steel, as well as land installations and outdoor projections, dot the landscape and are visible from just about every vantage point encouraging guests to have active engagement with the art around them.
From the humor of Cameron Platter’s “Crocodile Ruler,” to the distinctive aesthetics of Nandipha Mntambo’s arresting figures, and the provocative nature of both David Brown’s “Tyrants,” and Brendhan Dickerson’s “Zumazela,” the Zeitz Sculpture Garden acts a unifying force between the land and the rich cultural life of Africa.
The original stables of Segera were recently renovated to provide a home and exhibition space for the Zeitz Collection. Located between the Paddock House and our guests’ personal villas, this very unique exhibition space preserves the beauty of the original structure, while providing a unique venue from which to view the Zeitz Collection.
Local and internationally acclaimed artists are exhibited here such as South African visual artist Andrew Putter and contemporary Ghanian-German painter Owusu Ankomah. A private tour of the collections by curator Mark Coetzee will enrich and personalize your experience with the art and with Africa, as you learn more about the artists featured and the themes and imagery used in their works.
Artist Residence Program
Segera as muse. Apart from regular exhibitions of locally and internationally acclaimed artists, The Zeitz Collection also runs an international artist residency program in partnership with Segera and the Zeitz Foundation. Based at the Segera Retreat, this residency program hosts artists from around the world in an effort to encourage intercultural understanding, mutual engagement and education, while enabling participating artists to experience the history and cultures of Africa first-hand.
Participating artists have the freedom to explore their own expressions, influences and aesthetics amid an atmosphere of natural beauty and provocative themes. The Zeitz Collection aims to create an artistic and cultural community that will challenge, inform and inspire the work of artists for generations to come.