current exhibitions

Fried Contemporary presents a monthly exhibition programme in each of the rooms in the gallery.

rooms 1 & 2

Andreas Schönfeldt, 'My Bok', Manipulated found objects, 44 x 102 cm, 2015

Andreas Schönfeldt, ‘My Bok’, Manipulated found objects, 44 x 102 cm, 2015

Andreas Schönfeldt: Found materials and works on paper

Thu 9 Jul – Thu 6 Aug 2015

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Currently Rooms 1 & 2 is dedicated to a solo exhibition by Andreas Schönfeldt (b. 1950). The exhibition is his first solo exhibition, and features a selection of works that incorporate found materials and works on paper. Probably one of the best-kept secrets and undiscovered treasures of Pretoria’s conceptual artists, Andreas Schönfeldt works mostly in the mediums of printmaking and video installation.



collector’s room

Roger Ballen, Posing, Silver Gelatin Print, 40 x 40 cm, 2000

Roger Ballen: Outland

Thu 25 Jun – Thu 23 Jul 2015

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The Collector’s Room (launched in August 2014) currently shows a curated selection of Roger Ballen’s famous book and series of works ‘Outland’. Ballen is perhaps one of the most important photographers in South Africa today. Born in 1950 New York, he has been based in Johannesburg South Africa since the early 1980’s. His book, Outland, first published in 2001 is according to Ballen, the first time he started seeing his photography as artworks. The lines separating the two practices started to blur, and his focus shifted from documenting rural dorps in South Africa to the people who actually lived there. Most of them, on the fringes of society.



forthcoming exhibitions

Angus Taylor – New Work

Thursday 30 July @ 6-8pm

Exhibition Concludes 3 September 2015


The gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works in the Collector’s Room by Angus Taylor. Taylor is perhaps one of Pretoria’s most successful sculptors, juggling a career of countless commissions and finding the time to cast his own work. He is known in contemporary art circles for his colossal sculptures which vary in medium, from actual casts in bronze to a mixture of rammed earth, grass and stone.


His work is widely collected by private individuals and corporate institutions including, for example, the Rand Merchant Bank; Saronsberg Wine Estate; First National Bank; Pretoria Art Museum; Sasol and the University of Pretoria. A great deal of his works feature in public spaces across South Africa as well as internationally in  cities like Vancouver (Canada) and Damme (Belgium).



Also coming up…


Nigel Mullins: Painting

In the gallery: Room 1

Opening Saturday 5 September 2015

Exhibition concludes Saturday 3 October 2015

Tanya Poole: Ink on paper

In the gallery: Room 2

Opening Saturday 5 September 2015

Exhibition concludes Saturday 3 October 2015


past exhibitions

gallery exhibitions

Marcus Neustetter, Wall I, Proximity II, Wall II (left to right) 2014Drawing

Sat 30 May – Sat 27 June 2015

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Kobus La Grange, Innocent of experience (detail), Pine wood, Approx. 38 cm tall (figures, column app. 80cm), 2015 Kobus La Grange: Sculpture

Sat 30 May – Sat 27 Jun 2015

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Thabo Pitso, Club 22.99, Oil on canvas, 60 x 60cm, 2015 Progeny

Sat 25 Apr – Sat 23 May 2015

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Pat Mautloa Miner Mixed media on paper 91.5 x 114.5 cm 2012Found

Sat 14 Mar – Sat 11 Apr 2015

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Michael Cheesman, Untitled, Digital print on arcihval paper, 80 x 40cm, 2014Summer Show 2015

Tue 24 Feb – Fri 6 Mar 2015

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Frank Marshall, Dead Demon Rider II,  Inkjet print on photographic paper Editions of 8,  Circa 2011, 58 x 58 cm

Capital: Present

24 Jan – 18 Feb 2015

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 Kudzi Chiurai, Untitled II Pigment inks on cotton rag paper, 72 x 109cm, Ed 10, 2010Capital: Contemporary

15 Nov – 13 Dec 2014

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Battiss, Walter Whall (1906-1982) Abstract with colour block Oil on canvas 60 x 76cmCapital: Past

Sat 11 Oct – Sat 8 Nov 2014

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collector’s room exhibitions

Walter Oltmann, Basket 6, Charcoal and ink on paper, 45 x 45cm, circa 1998

Walter Oltmann

Saturday 30 May – Saturday 20 June 2015

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 Abrie Fourie, Pink South Ext, Delhi, 2006Abrie Fourie: Prints

Saturday 7 March – Saturday 11 April 2015

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David Koloane, Doves, Charcoal on paper, 29.7 x 42.0cm, circa 2011David Koloane: Drawings

Sat 24 Jan – Sat 28 Feb 2015

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Willem Boshoff, Culmiculous, Chine collé, 50.5 x 62.8cm, Ed 35, 2010Prints

Wed 26 Nov 14 – Sat 17 Jan 15

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Diane Victor, Smoke Portrait I, Candle Smoke on Fabriano Paper, 2 mx 1m, 2015Diane Victor: Smoke Portraits

Sat 11 Oct – Sat 22 Nov 2014

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Guy du Toit, Rooster on stoel (from the Linear Algebra Series), Bronze, 1m x 0.4m x .4m, 2015Guy Du Toit: Linear Algebra

Sat 2 Aug – Thur 11 Sep 2014

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Vusi Beauchamp, Mr X, (From the Landscape Portrait Series), Mixed media on canvas, 1m x 0.5m, 2014, Land and sea

Wed 17 Sep – Sat 4 Oct 2014

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About Fried Contemporary Art Gallery

Founded in 2005, Fried Contemporary is the leading art gallery in Pretoria. In June 2014 the gallery changed ownership, with Mika Thom as its new director. It focuses on curated exhibitions by artists from South Africa.  The Collector’s Room, launched in August 2014, is a dedicated art space in the gallery that showcases the works of professional artists to collectors and invited guests.

The first series of curated exhibitions, which started in October 2014, took place in three parts and  broadly focused on artists from Pretoria. The first, titled: ‘Capital Past’, looked at artists who had a strong connection to the city,  who either lived or worked in the capital for a significant part of their careers.  Artists included Alexis Preller; Anton van Wouw; Bettie Cillers-Barnard; Braam Kruger; Eduardo Villa; Ernest Cole; Frikkie Eloff; Gerard Sekoto; Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef; Lucky Madlo Sibiya; Robert Hodgins; Sydney Khumalo and Walter Whall Battiss. The second exhibition in the series, titled: ‘Capital Contemporary’, showcased a selection of works by artists who either studied or lived and worked here for a significant part of their careers, and who currently live somewhere else, either in another city in South Africa or another country. Examples of artists include: Abrie Fourie; Barbara Wildenboer; Barend De Wet; Cecil Heystek; Christiaan Diedericks; Claudette Schreuders; Colbert Mashile; David Goldblatt; Diana Hyslop; Donna Kukama; Egon Tania; Gerhard Marx; Hanneke Benade; Johann van der Schijff; Judith Mason; Kudzi Chiurai; Maja Marx; Minnette Vari; Norman Catherine; Richard Forbes; Wayne Barker and Wim Botha. The third exhibition in the series, titled: ‘Capital Present’, looked at artists who currently live and work in the city, and who have a strong national or international presence. Examples of artists include: Angus Taylor; Berco Wilsenach; Carla Crafford; Cobus Haupt; Daandrey Steyn; Diane Victor; Dylan Graham; Eric Duplan; Frank Marshall; Frikkie Eksteen; Guy Du Toit; Ian Redelinghuys; Jan van der Merwe ; Johan Thom; Lawrence Lemoana; Rina Stutzer; Sarel Petrus; Setlamorago Mashilo; Thabo Pitso and Vusi Beauchamp.

Inspired by the potential of Pretoria as a creative hotbed, the gallery has subsequently launched an annual exhibition programme, titled ‘Progeny’ which literally means ‘offspring’ or ‘descendants’. The aim of this annual exhibition programme is to provide a platform for younger artists who are the next generation of torchbearers for artists to follow.



  • Proud to announce that homegrown associated artist Stelamorago Mashile was nominated for the Sylt Residency. The works that he produced during his time there was exhibited at the TAF’15 and was a complete sell-out! Watch out for his show later in 2016. Stay up-to-date with our latest announcements and updates on our social media channels.
  • An article on associated artist Roger Ballen’s work featured in the July 2015 issue of Creative Feel Magazine.
  • Our recent exhibition by Guy du Toit and Pat Mautloa, titled: Found features in the Art South Africa June 2015 issue.
  • The works of associated gallery artist, Johann van der Schijff is featured in an article in the March 2015 issue of the Art South Africa magazine.
  • The gallery is pleased to announce that associated artist Thabo Pitso won an award at the Guild Design Fair opening ceremony. The Future Found Award is awarded to a young designer who has already achieved excellence with limited resources. It is sponsored by the Museum of African Design (MOAD) and will sponsor a residency at the Maboneng Precinct.
  • The Collector’s Room at Fried Contemporary is proudly showing a selection of drawings by renowned artist David Koloane. The impact of his work in the history of South African art will be highlighted at a massive retrospective at the Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg (dates to be confirmed). For more information about the forthcoming exhibition at WAM, visit their website here.
  • The work of associated gallery artist, Guy du Toit have been selected to be part of the major traveling exhibition by Vitra Design Museum titled Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, from 14 Mar – 13 Sep 2015. The museum’s press release reads: “It’s time to move on from talk of the Dark Continent. A major exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum in spring 2015 sheds new light on contemporary design in Africa. On the basis of a wide variety of examples, Making Africa shows how design is accompanying – and even promoting – economic and political change on the continent and engaging in a close dialogue with related disciplines, such as the fine arts, graphic design, illustration, film, photography, architecture and urban planning”…”Making Africa is developed together with the internationally renowned curator Okwui Enwezor and supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation)”.
  • The gallery presented a booth at the Cape Town Art Fair 2015. The fair took place at the V&A Waterfront from Thursday 26 February until Sunday 1 March 2015. For more information visit their website here.

news archive

news 2014

The gallery is curating a pop-up exhibition at Kamers 2014 which will be open from Tuesday 2 December – Sunday 7 September 2014.

Associated artist Rina Stutzer won the Stainless Steel Awards 2014, Art Project Category. Read more here.

The gallery featured on the Kyknet program Dagbreek. The gallery director, Mika Thom speaks about the exhibition Capital: Past and Diane Victor is interviewed about her show Smoke Portraits in the Collector’s Room, view the program on Youtube, here.

The Collector’s Room exhibition Diane Victor: Smoke Portraits featured in the Beeld newspaper recently.

The gallery’s exhibition: Capital Transitions featured in the Mail and Guardian newspaper, as part of an article about the Cool Capital Biennale. Read more here.

Associated artists Guy du Toit and Sarel Petrus are both included in the _PLAY exhibition, Nirox Sculpture Park 12 October – 30 December 2014 curated and facilitated by Jayne Crawshay-Hall, Isabel Mertz, Beather Mgoza Baker and Maaike Bakker. Click here for more information.

An article about the collector’s room was published in the VISI online magazine today. An excerpt from the article reads: “The Collector’s Room is Fried Contemporary’s dedicated new exhibition space where the works of celebrated South African artists are exhibited to collectors and invited guests… Other renowned artists in the pipeline include David Koloane, Angus Taylor and Roger Ballen”. Read more here.

Proud to announce that associated gallery artist Sarel Petrus won the sculpture merit award at the 2014 Thami Mynele Fine Arts Awards with his artwork titled: Geological Time Four. Sarel will have a solo exhibition at the gallery in 2016.

The gallery is pleased to announce that Diane Victor will be the featured artist for the next exhibition opening in the Collector’s Room. On Saturday 11 October 2014 she will produce new smoke drawings in situ. Join us for this rare opportunity to see the artist in action, and to witness first hand how these magnificent works are created. Delectable treats created specifically for this event by Harrie’s Pancakes will be served along with a glass of lemonade. The works will be on show until Saturday 22 November 2014.

A massive installation work by associated artist Guy Du Toit will be set alight at the launch of the Cool Capital Biennale 2014 on Friday evening 29 August 2014. A similar work that he created for the Afrika Burns festival featured in the Beeld Newspaper recently.

Fried Contemporary is pleased to be associated once again with the University of Pretoria’s staff show. Three of the gallery’s associated artists will be exhibiting their work – Guy du Toit; Pat Mautloa and Johan Thom. The exhibition, titled: Visual Encounters will run from Tuesday 26 Aug – Friday 5 Sep 2014.

We are excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year’s Turbine Art Fair! Find us at Booth B11 from 17 – 20 July 2014. Artists whose works will be included are, in alphabetical order: Guy du Toit; Sarel Petrus; Rina Stutzer and Lucas Thobejane.


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