Marlene Dumas: Intimate Relations

  • Location: South African National Gallery
  • From: June 1, 2007     To: January 13, 2008
Marlene Dumas: Intimate Relations
Marlene Dumas, Martha my ouma, 1984. Oil on canvas. Private collection, The Netherlands.

A graduate of the Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town, Marlene Dumas left South Africa in 1976 to do a post-graduate degree in visual art at the Atelier ’63 in Haarlem, Netherlands. She subsequently settled in the Netherlands and now lives and works in Amsterdam.

Dumas has participated in many biennales internationally, and has twice been invited to show at Documenta in Germany. She represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale in 1995. She has also participated in numerous group shows since 1978 and has held solo exhibitions at prestigious venues such as the Tate Gallery, London (1996), the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2001), the Art Institute of Chicago (2003) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2007).

The exhibition covers a broad selection of her work, drawn from private and public collections in Belgium, the Netherlands and South Africa. The artist chose ‘Intimate Relations’ as an appropriate sub-title for the exhibition, as it conveys the curatorial vision and selection of works which focus thinking around issues of what constitutes intimate relations between people, places and paintings.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, edited by Emma Bedford, and includes essays by Bedford, Drs Achille Mbembe and Sarah Nuttall, and a literary response to Dumas’ work by South African author Marlene van Niekerk.


Joe Dolby
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