Selected Works

Clive van den Berg

In Memorium - they threw him, 2016 Wood, wax and pigment on metal base 104 x 70 x 40 cm

Clive van den Berg

Figure in Disguise I, 2016 Wood and oil colour 92 x 28 x 30 cm

Clive van den Berg

Map, Receiving And Expelling I, 2008 Wood, Wax And Pigment

Clive van den Berg

Map, Receiving And Expelling II, 2008 Wood, Wax And Pigment

Clive van den Berg

Sleepers With Room For Ghost, 2008 Wood, Wax And Pigment 20 x 25 x 11 cm

Clive van den Berg

Lovers, 2016 Wood and oil colour 45 x 30 x 20 cm

Clive van den Berg

A pile of stones , 2016 Installation: Wood, Steel, and Oil Colour 430 cm x 100 cm diameter

Clive van den Berg

Lay Your Head II, 2019 Wood, pigment

Clive van den Berg

Holding the Archive, 2016 Wood and oil colour 127 x 27 x 28 cm

Clive van den Berg

What happens in the sky , 2016 Oil on canvas

Clive van den Berg

Underneath XIII, 2016 Oil on canvas

Clive van den Berg

African Landscape V, 2019 Oil on canvas

Clive van den Berg

African Landscape IV, 2019 Oil on canvas

Clive van den Berg

Landscape (kind of), 2016 Oil on canvas


Clive van den Berg, artist, curator and designer, works on his own and in collaboration with colleagues in a collective called trace, whose primary activities are the development of public projects. He has had several solo exhibitions in South Africa, and his work is regularly exhibited abroad. His public projects have included the artworks for landmark Northern Cape Legislature and, since he has joined the trace team, museum projects for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Constitution Hill, Freedom Park, the Workers Museum, The Holocaust and Genocide Centre and many other projects.

Van den Berg has much experience working on large-scale institutional projects with teams representing diverse constituencies: urban planners and policy makers, architects, landscape designers, museum curators, historians, community liaison officials and representatives of local and national governments. In the Northern Cape, for example, where he worked with the Luis Ferreira da Silva architects, he pioneered a new strategy for integrating forms of the local landscape and indigenous aesthetics into the overall building design, while also training local artisans as part of a skills transference project aimed at long-term sustainability. The result is a world-renowned and uniquely South African state edifice: a monument to the people of the Northern Cape.

At Constitution Hill, his design ethos strove to fuse old materials with new curatorial strategies: to preserve individual and collective memory about the prisons and experiences that people had in them, while also educating future publics about the place of the prisons in South African history, and creating aesthetic forms appropriate to the institution.

In contemporary South Africa, much public institutional design is aimed at the cultivation of memory and the memorialization of the past. Van den Berg’s integrative approach to art, design and architectural construction has allowed him to produce spaces in which previously unheard or even suppressed narratives can be articulated. His design work on the exhibitions for the Mandela Foundation have been oriented toward this end: in showcasing materials from the Foundation’s archive, he has developed exciting new formats and vocabularies in which to reveal a past that had hitherto remained largely unknown, making it accessible to a new generation of South African citizens.


Clive van den Berg / Line of ...

17 October - 16 November 2019

Clive van den Berg / A Pile o...

19 January - 15 February 2017

New Revolutions: Goodman Gall...

04 June - 23 July 2016

New Revolutions: Goodman Gall...

02 June - 20 July 2016


An essay by Clive van den Ber...

Posted 30 November 2018

Clive van den Berg at the Out...

Posted 03 November 2017

Clive van den Berg's 'Men Lov...

Posted 25 May 2017

Clive van den Berg presents s...

Posted 31 August 2016


Clive van den Berg / Rosbank ...

Clive van den Berg / Art Sout...

Clive van den Berg / The Sund...

Clive Van Den Berg / Wanted ...