Rethinking the William Fehr Collection

Dr William Fehr (1892 – 1968) was a Cape Town based businessman with a passion for collecting historical art and objects. The collection went on public display at the Castle during the 1950s, and portrays aspects of South Africa’s painful colonial past – including maps, portraits, and depictions of historical events, animals and flowers. As custodians of the collection today, we have begun to explore contemporary issues and multiple narratives, with the aim of critically reinterpreting this important historical archive.

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Rethinking the William Fehr Collection Installation Views, 2017. Photograph: Nigel Pamplin. ©Iziko Museums of South Africa.