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OPEN CALL: Submit your artworks to the Rupert Museum

The Rupert Museum is presenting the public with the opportunity to respond creatively to its latest exhibition, IN-MOTION: Art of the Space Age.

Rupert Museum open call for submissions space age art
Installation view of ‘Futurist Garden’ by Giacomo Balla

Following the Rupert Museum’s first open call in 2020 on Michele Nigrini’s Colour Symphony, this new call is for works of art in various shapes, forms and sizes to be submitted for possible inclusion in a selling group exhibition. Drawing on the playfulness and founding principles of art, the IN-MOTION exhibition gives the public, from any creative industry, platform or profession, the opportunity to respond to these works, their movements and/or creators.

The exhibition is set to open at the Jan Rupert Art Centre in Graaff-Reinet during September of this year and the closing date for electronic submissions is Friday 8 July 2022.

The open call’s aim is to inspire and activate engagement with the permanent collections managed by the Rupert Museum as well as presenting upcoming artists and creatives the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.

Rupert Museum open call for submissions space age art
Yaacov Agam
(Israeli-French, 1928 – )
Solfège‘, 1970
Edition 56/200
Silkscreen print
Huberte Goote Collection
Rupert Museum open call for submissions space age art
Auguste Herbin
(French, 1882 – 1960)
Untitled‘, 1959
Edition 93/150
Huberte Goote Collection
Rupert Museum open call for submissions space age art
Victor Vasarely
(Hungarian-French, 1906 – 1997)
Hekla‘, 1964
Gouache on wood
Huberte Goote Collection

About IN-MOTION: Art of the Space Age

The launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial earth satellite, in 1957 truly set the Space Age in motion. This notion captured the popular imagination and was expressed in different fields such as architecture, fashion, film and design. The Space Age was no less celebrated by visual artists.

Inspired by all things space travel, this fascination with the new placed pure line, movement, form and colour at its centre. The advances in technology and industry, especially after the Second World War, gave artists access to new materials such as plastic, moulded glass, Perspex, transparent screens and electric motors. This grabbed artists’ attention and was quickly adapted as a new form of expression which led to multiple innovations by individuals and artist groups in creating moving images, distortions and illusions.

Rupert Museum open call for submissions space age art
Exhibition view of ‘Constellations‘ (1967) by Victor Vasarely (Hungarian-French, 1906 – 1997) and
Unstable transformation‘ (1969-71) by Francisco Sobrino (Spanish, 1932 – 2014).

IN-MOTION explores the work of 27 late 19th and early 20th century international artists, including studies, designs and artworks typically categorised as Futuristic, Optical or Kinetic Art. The biggest section and focal point upon entering the exhibition is the vibrant installation of Giacomo Balla’s Futuristic Garden. Other artists include Marcel Duchamp, Victor Vasarely, Jesu-Raphaël Soto, Yaacov Agam, Alberto Biasi, Edoardo Landi, Auguste Herbin, Toni Costa and Francois Morellet, to mention a few. The selection forms part of the permanent collection of the Huberte Goote Foundation which is managed by the Rupert Museum.

Rupert Museum open call for submissions space age art
Giacomo Balla
(Italian, 1871–1958)
Futurist Flower‘, 1916–1930.
Polychrome wood.
Huberte Goote Collection.
Rupert Museum open call for submissions space age art
Giacomo Balla
(Italian, 1871–1958).
Futurist Flower‘, 1916–1930.
Polychrome wood.
Huberte Goote Collection.

The artworks on show are experimental, engaging and entertaining and sometimes demand a close inspection by moving or observing. This may push the viewer to a state of doubt as to what is really ‘seen’ either by chance or deliberate design.

More details on the requirements, judging process and submission guidelines for the open call are available on www.rupertmuseum.org.

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