The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP) is an exceptional new South African attraction dedicated to the “art of Africa”.
“Art centre” is really a misnomer – this attraction is a large and impressive art museum or gallery. It houses a range of exceptional art of Africa, much of it on loan from other collections, from Irma Stern’s Arab Priest to Alexis Preller’s Discovery.
But the most impressive exhibit of all is the Mapungubwe Collection, with its centre-piece, a tiny, but perfectly fashioned gold rhino. The Mapungubwe Collection dates from AD1000 to AD1300, and was discovered by archaeologists in what is now the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site, in the north-east corner of South Africa. The Mapungubwe Kingdom boasted master goldsmiths; the rhino, and a range of other gold pieces including necklaces and other small figurines, are testament to their remarkable craftsmanship.
The museum is large and spacious, with three floors of exceptional art, all laid out expertly, in a way to entice the viewer in. Opened on 24 September 2019, it must already rate as one of South Africa’s top attractions.
We at Flow Communications are very proud to have worked with the Javett-UP for the past 18 months, as their partners in marketing, PR and social media.