Burg Altena, Germany

What is PELMAMA ?

PELMAMA is an acronym for the "Pelindaba Museums of African and Modern Art", a project initiated by The Haenggi Foundation Inc., Johannesburg, South Africa, an Association not for Gain established in 1978, following on the Soweto riots.

A museum complex to house the hundreds of top works of art by SA and international artists assembled to-date was to be established on 17 ha of land in the Pelindaba district, equidistant to Johannesburg, Soweto and Pretoria, augmented by fully equipped workshop facilities for Black and White artists and students.

However, due to the total disinterest shown by international Corporations and Foundations at that time by not offering any financial support and in view of the then approaching new political set-up with own priorities, the initiators decided to donate the greater part of the "PELMAMA PERMANENT ART COLLECTION" to existing museums throughout South Africa, save for a few works which were acquired directly by or placed on long-term loan to such institutions.

In its stead, two virtual museum websites were created, one to introduce part of the original PELMAMA PERMANENT ART COLLECTION, and the other in memoriam to deal specifically with the works by the late LUCAS SITHOLE (1931-1994) in various museums and university collections, including the PELMAMA PERMANENT ART COLLECTION, a.o..

Since 2001, the PELMAMA website (www.pelmama.org) was extensively updated, comprising the following sections:
2. The PELMAMA PERMANENT ART COLLECTION donated to various museums in South Africa, with links to images and further information on 99% of works;
3. The JOHANNESBURG ART SCENE from the 60s to the 90s with in-depth information on selected galleries, exhibitions held, and a quick index.

For details on the SITHOLE site, please search the museum.com site for SITHOLE at http://www.museum.com/jb/museum?id=38904. You can also go the the complete website with all archival material on http://www.sithole.com.

This page has been updated to end of December 2009 and is maintained on a voluntary basis from the office in Basel.

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