n De Arte - The Wits Art Museum : the continent's foremost collection of African and southern African art : collecting and curating

Volume 2009, Issue 80
  • ISSN : 0004-3389
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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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