Frequently Asked Questions
with The BMW Art Generation
At home in portraiture, figuration and abstraction, Ruth Ige is a Nigerian contemporary artist based in New Zealand. Offering an unveiled blackness as medicine to the African diaspora, Ige realises her escapist (but grounding) practice through painting. Titled Freedom’s Recurring Dream, her current exhibition at Stevenson Johannesburg is her very first solo in South Africa. Well received by the public, we look at the artist’s contribution to a multidisciplinary, love-based revolution.
What is The BMW Art Generation?
The BMW Art Generation is a weekend long event of immersive contemporary African culture. Bringing celebrated, established and young artists, curators and academics, from across the globe together in conversation with collectors The BMW Art Generation is a once in a lifetime opportunity to imagine, celebrate and protect the future of contemporary African art on African soil.
Is this a part of Open City?
Yes. The BMW Art Generation helps kick off the opening weekend for the third edition of Open City. In addition to The BMW Art Generation, other Open City hubs include Forest Town, Braamfontein, The Parks, Sandton, Brixton, Joubert Park, Newtown and more.
What days is The BMW Art Generation taking place?
Public programming for The BMW Art Generation will take place from 2 – 3 September 2023
At what time do doors open?
02.09 10am – 6pm
03.09 10am – 6pm
Where do I go?
Arts on Main
264 Fox Street & Berea Road
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets can be found here. No tickets will be available at the door.
How much do tickets cost?
Weekend Pass + Talks Access + Kentridge Performance: R 950.00
Single Day Talks Access + Kentridge Performance: R 600.00
Weekend Pass + Talks Access: R 850.00
Single Day Talks Access: R 500.00
Single Day Lifestyle Market: R 250.00
Where do I get more information on The BMW Art Generation ?
To keep up with what is happening during The BMW Art Generation, all weekend long, visit artjoburg.com. You are also welcome to check follow us on Instagram at @bmwartgeneration as well as @fnbartjoburg .
What is on The BMW Art Generation talks programme?
Divided into six talks over two days, the discourse programmes will see industry heavy hitters reckoning with a plethora of themes that all feed into the conference’s objective. These talks range from contemporary approaches to archiving, the urgency of patronage as well as cultivating Johannesburg as an incubator and accelerator of continental culture.
Who can we expect to see on the talks programme?
An intergenerational, multidisciplinary, continent-wide conversation, the weekend will centre around the insight, investigations, questions and queries of noteworthy names. These include Hans Ulrich Obrist, William Kentridge, Professor Chika Okeke Agulu, Thuthuka Sibisi, Dr. Joy Simmons, Unathi Mkonto, Banele Khoza, Azu Nwagbogu & Prof. Chika Okeke-Agulu, Ngaire Blankenburg, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Dr. Thomas Girst and Billie Zangewa.
Will anything be on sale?
Parallel to the conference, The BMW Art Generation will give the public access to a boutique market with the leading cultural entrepreneurs working in food, coffee, literature, wine, design and fashion on the continent. Food and wine vendors include Krone, Jack Rabbit, Lucky Bread, Food Goddess, Waterford Estate, Beijing Opera Pantry and Acid Food + Bar. Then, iwalewa Books and Jonathan Ball Publishers will have books on sale. Representing several African designers, Merchants on Long will present brands including Kente Gentlemen, Laurence Airline, Imane Ayissi, Fuata Moyo, Nkwo, Okapi and Viviers.
In addition to the talks, will there be any other art centred programming?
EXHIBITION | Lebohang Kganye
EXHIBITION | never before-seen works by Ernest Cole
EXHIBITION | by Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse
PERFORMANCE | Showing the Making: William Kentridge on The Great YES, the Great NO
PERFORMANCE | The Land We Carry by Gregory Maqoma
OPEN STUDIO | David Krut Printworkshop
OPEN STUDIO | Mary Sibande
OPEN STUDIO | Danger Gevaar Ingozi Studio
OPEN STUDIO | Mikhael Subotzky
Will there be an afterparty?
A holistic approach to contemporary culture in Johannesburg, those attending The BMW Art Generation will have the opportunity to see performances by leading (both established and emerging) DJs and artists whose genres specialities span jazz, hip-hop, R&B, alternative, amapiano and more. The line-up includes The Brother Moves On, Womlabo, Just Themba, Jab A Raw, Sweeter Brown, Tshepo Tsotetsi as well as the Vinyl Fellas, Lunga, Tshiamo and Bathini.