20th Century Masters: the human figure is the flagship exhibition of “The France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013”, a collaborative project involving the French and South African governments and corporate sponsors aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries.

Curated by Sylvie Ramond, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, the exhibition showcases works from France’s leading provincial cultural institutions.

The exhibition, and the book that complements it, offer a fascinating survey of ways in which mainly French artists have depicted the human body over the last 100 years. It includes works by 19th-century greats Gustav Courbet, Jean-Francois Millet and Edouard Manet, paintings and drawings by artists associated with Impressionism – Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas and August Renoir, works by pioneers of early modernism – Fernand Leger, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Félix Vallotton, Victor Brauner and Wilfredo Lam, amongst others, as well as contemporary artists such as Annette Messager and Jan Fabre.

This exhibition is organised as part of the France – South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013.

Exhibition dates: 13 July to 15 September 2012
Time: 8am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday
Place: Standard Bank Gallery
Entrance is free