Franschhoek Wine Valley

Art Exhibition: HOMER SAPIENS – a spiritual animal


HOMER SAPIENS – a spiritual animal

The designers Andreas Betzold & Patrizia Litty open their latest collaboration ODA | with an impressive group exhibition, a surprising twist on the homo sapiens theme is set to create a stir in the South African art scene.

Provocative figurative work & contemporary portraiture by well known artists as well as introducing new talents from South Africa, Kenya & Madagascar.

15 artists explore the very current topic employing a wide spectrum of mediums, from charcoal, oil & photography to large scale bronze sculptures.

The exhibition theme partly draws on the book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind  by scientist Yuval Noah Harari who investigates human evolution from animal to superhuman and implies that our  surprising rise to the top of the food chain largely relies on our ability to create myths, reaching  from the creation of ancient religions to the cyberspace corporations of the future.

Homer is a mystery. The Greek epic poet credited with the enduring epic tales of The Iliad and The Odyssey  where humans behave like Gods and Gods behave like humans, adds another component to the exhibition topic as the impact of these tales continue to reverberate through Western culture and form an important base for our present day aesthetics.

The exhibition opens @ ODA |, 42 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, 10:30 to 13:30, 15. August 2015 with a very “Franschhoek style” vernissage catering for all human senses, incorporating delicious finger foods by Red Pepper as well as a fabulous wine tasting by the Black Elephant Vintners, Franschhoek.

The exhibition will close 27. September 2015.

Opening times: Mon to Sat 9:30 to 17:00 & Sun 09:30 to 16:00

Participating artists: Brett Williams, Stanislaw Trzebinski, Jean Jacques Teiten, Isobel O’Connor, Hermien v/d Merwe, Benon Lutaaya, Patrizia Litty, Grace Kotze, Dane Knudsen, Helena Hugo, Daya Heller, Gerrit Burger


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