Redefining the ultimate notion of a luxury safari, Cheetah Plains once again is reimagining the guest experience with an art collaboration that celebrates Africa’s rich cultural heritage and allows one to experience the creative talents of such notable and emerging artists.
Partnering with Africa’s pre-eminent gallery, Goodman Gallery, Cheetah Plains Safari Villas are now hung with cutting edge international contemporary art. This collaboration provides guests with the exclusive opportunity to acquire artwork on display or speak with Goodman Gallery experts to consider a wider range of works from leading African and international artists available for purchase with glove delivery service.
Top-tier cultural experience for our visitors that is set within and enhances our timeless contemporary architecture.Japie van Niekerk, Cheetah Plains owner
Cheetah Plains is all about providing luxurious, memorable moments for its clients. For almost 60 years, Goodman Gallery has been at the forefront taking the continent’s artistic voices to international platforms. We are so excited to partner with them to offer an exclusive, top-tier cultural experience for our visitors that is set within and enhances our timeless contemporary architecture. – Japie van Niekerk, Cheetah Plains owner
A presentation of new and historically significant work from the 70s to the present is hung across all three villas and introduces a high-end cultural experience for visitors. Significant South African artists from the late 20th century are on view, including David Koloane and Sam Nhlengethwa, who reflect on city life in Johannesburg. Emerging and rising international voices such as ruby onyinyechi amanze, Misheck Masamvu and Marsi van de Heuvel are also on show.
The flora and fauna of the area is reflected in imagery, offering a direct connection to wildlife and an intimate reading of the symbolic use of elements from the natural world. This can be seen in work by William Kentridge, South Africa’s most globally recognisable artist, as well as Walter Oltman and David Goldblatt.
Thematic explorations consider identity politics, colonial and postcolonial histories, and landscapes as both beautiful and witnesses to human intervention. This is articulated in Yinka Shonibare CBE RA’s quilt Modern Magic I (2022) which considers how African aesthetics have shaped Western Modernist expression; Kiluanji Kia Henda’s print Restless Landscape #3 (2017), which highlights the effect of the Angolan Civil War on the topography; and Dor Guez’s letters from the Greater Maghreb (2020) series that present a personal engagement with the North African and Middle Eastern region.
The selected artists have work represented in collections of important cultural institutions including MoMA, New York; Tate Modern, London; Pompidou, Paris; Haus der Kunnst, Munich; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi and Zeitz MoCAA, Cape Town.
Goodman Gallery is an international contemporary art gallery with locations in Johannesburg, Cape Town, London and New York, participating in Art Basel for over 40 years. The gallery represents artists whose work confronts entrenched power structures and inspires social change. It has held the reputation as a pre-eminent art gallery on the African continent since 1966 has been pivotal in shaping contemporary South African art.
Both the gallery and Cheetah Plains are aligned in our commitment to high-quality experiences and representing the beauty South Africa has to offerLiza Essers, Goodman Gallery director and owner
When the opportunity arose to join forces with the pre-eminent wildlife experience in the country, we jumped at the chance. With International travellers often making their way to our Johannesburg or Cape Town galleries en route to their getaways in the bush, this partnership simply made sense. Goodman Gallery is proud to be a central figure in South Africa’s cultural landscape, representing a globally recognisable prominent artists and rising international talent from the Global South. Both the gallery and Cheetah Plains are aligned in our commitment to high-quality experiences and representing the beauty South Africa has to offer. – Liza Essers, Goodman Gallery director and owner