Willem Boshoff


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Willem Boshoff unveils living sculpture at the Cradle of Humankind

Boshoff recently unveiled a new sculptural work titled You Never Know at the Nirox Foundation, which borders the Cradle of Humankind, in Johannesburg. As an extraordinary “living” sentence that is literally growing out of the grass, the work spans a five-meter curve of one of the amphitheatres at the Foundation. Explaining the thinking behind the works, Boshoff states that “[t]he project started with dictionaries … I write my own dictionaries, actually, and I like to discover ambiguities – things that mean more than one thing to one person. So, you never know, [they] can mean many things. It means that you unaware of consequences – they might be good and they might be bad, you never know.”

Willem Boshoff at UJ Art Gallery in Johannesburg

Boshoff’s work features on a group exhibition, SHIFTING CONVERSATIONS: A Visual Art Exhibition, hosted and organised – in partnership with the MTN SA Foundation – by the UJ Art Gallery in Johannesburg (18 October – 22 November). The exhibition, curated by Johan Myburg and Melissa Goba, thematically explores binary divisions (such as ‘colonised’ and ‘coloniser’) prevalent within the MTN and UJ Art Collections. The aim is to present an open-ended discourse that might invite new or different ways of experiencing art.

Various artists at the New Church Museum, Cape Town

Works by Willem Boshoff, Kudzanai Chiurai, David Goldblatt and Sue Williamson are included on the exhibition 50/50, curated by South African art historian Rory Bester at the New Church Museum in Cape Town. Bester has selected works from the museum’s permanent collection and augmented these with loans that reflect on the patterns of repetition and recognition in turning over and overturning of art histories. The exhibition is a collation and juxtaposition of historical and contemporary works, all viewed through a responsive, documentary lens. As these repetitions and recognitions accumulate over time they come to bear on signifiers such as monuments, monumentality and iconoclasm, secrets and lies, the rise and fall of ideas, culture, cultivation, movement and mobility.

Various Artists At Standard Bank Gallery

From Sitting to Selfie: 300 years of South African Portraits at Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg maps the long tradition of portraiture and its changing use and function in society. The exhibition, which opened to the public 25 June 2014, features work by Candice Breitz, Willem Boshoff, Hasan & Husain Essop, David Goldblatt, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, Brett Murray, Walter Oltmann, Mikhael Subotzky, Minnette Vári and Diane Victor amongst others. From 19th century oil paintings to 21st century video installations, the exhibition raises many interesting questions about how and why people make portraits of themselves and others, and how the reasons for this have changed over time. The exhibition runs until 6 September 2014.

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  • Solo exhibitions

    Willem Boshoff / Oh My Word! / 2014


    In Context: Willem Boshoff / Big Druid in his cubicle

    Willem Boshoff / Arts Unlimited 2009

    Group exhibitions

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    In Other Words

    In Context / 2010

    Sphères 2009 / Le Moulin

  • Biography

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    Teaching, Lectureships and Workshop

    Awards and Merits

    Academic Record and Residencies



    Selected Articles and Reviews


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  • Videos

    Oh My Word!

  • Press for Willem Boshoff

    Stormy Waters Notes from a super exhibition / Mail and Guardian / South Africa / 24 May 2015

    South African Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale: Artists Announced / Art South Africa / South Africa / 17 April 2015

    South African Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale: Artists Announced By Art South Africa (1.1 MB)

    Willem Boshoff / Mail and Guardian / South Africa / 24 - 30 October 2014

    Oh my, Willem gets his words' worth by Charles Leonard (960 KB)

    Willem Boshoff / Artthrob / South Africa / 18 August - 24 September 2011

    SWAT; Willem Boshoff at the Goodman Gallery by Matthew Partridge (191.6 KB)

    Willem Boshoff / Mahala / South Africa / 8 September 2011

    Proud To Be Labelled Racist by Sean O'Toole (487.8 KB)

    Willem Boshoff / Mail & Guardian / 18 June 2010

    The Big Druid's fingers do the walking by Andie Miller (4.9 MB)

    In Context / Le Mondial / 5 July 2010

    Johannesburg la ville-happening by Jean-Philippe Rémy (321.4 KB)

    Willem Boshoff / Monopol Magazin / June 2010

    Status Jo by Daniel Völzke (3.3 MB)