n De Arte - The Wits Art Museum : the continent's foremost collection of African and southern African art : collecting and curating
|Article Title||The Wits Art Museum : the continent's foremost collection of African and southern African art : collecting and curating|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Publication Date||Jan 2009|
|Pages||63 - 69|
|Keyword(s)||University of the Witwatersrand|
The collection of the Wits Art Museum (WAM) at the University of the Witwatersrand - widely acknowledged as one of the most significant collections of African and South African art on the continent - originated in the 1950s with a small teaching collection accumulated by then professor of Fine Arts and History of Art, Heather Martienssen. Focusing predominantly on the work of contemporary South African artists, the small-but-growing collection was originally housed in what was then the Department of Fine Arts and History of Arts until the mid-1960s.
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