Hannes
Harrs

Hannes Harrs, with his European background and schooling, contributed to art in South Africa in a unique way, a contribution that has as yet not been comprehended fully.

His passionate involvement with the Dark Continent dates back to his childhood when an uncle, a ship’s captain, brought him artifacts from Africa, mostly craftwork used in fertility rites and festivals of all kinds. It filled the young artistic soul with wonderment and led to an obsession, which brought him to Africa in the fifties, he then settled in South Africa.

 He traveled extensively in Africa, collecting his own treasures, of which a large number have found a home in museums in Africa and Europe.  

His love for Africa and the artifacts of its people is the centre of Harr’s own creativity. The influences were never superficial or cosmetic as reflected in so many fashionable products flooding galleries and museums at the moment, due to ignorance and a misplaced sense of guilt in the aftermath of colonialism.

Only Hannes’s intellect could absorb the rhythms, colours, textures, and content of Africa and transfigure them meaningfully into universality. Even artists of European extraction, born on the African continent, would not experience Africa in the same way as Hannes Harrs.

It is impossible to erase race memory, from which he derives form and discipline. Combined with fine intellect and highly skilled European craftsmanship plus that inimitable x-quality, the “divine spark”, he creates art.

 

Exhibitions

1969 - Biennale Montecatini

 

1970 - Biennale Buenos Aires

 

1972 - Biennale Capri

 

1972 - Galerie 66, Eckernforde

 

1973 - World Print Competition, Oakland, California, USA

 

1974 - Kunsthalle Windhoek, Namibia

 

1974 - SA Graphics, Wein, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

1974 - Biennale Segovia

 

1975 - Galerie Hellhof, Kronberg

 

1976 - Bavarenhaus, Bonn

 

1977 - Galerie 66, Eckernforde

 

1977 - Grand Prix, Monte Carlo

 

1978 - Galerie Adthaus, Buxtehude

 

1980 - Carl Lambertz and Schuler, Kiel

 

1982 - Galerie Hellhof, Kronberg

 

1984 - Xylon 9, Winterhur

 

1990 - Heimatmuseum Eckernforde

 

1990 - Galerie C, Fahrenhorst, Hameln

 

1991 - 46, Neuer Wall, Hamburg

 

1991 - Interart, Moskow, Russia

 

1994 - Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

 

1994 - Ubuntu, Preussag-Hannover

 

1995 - Museum fur Volkerkunde, Hamburg

 

1995 - Naledi, Deutsche Welle, Koln

 

1996 - Galerie C, Fahrenhorst, Hameln

1996 - A & M Mediengruppe, Kiel

1999 - Gallery On The Square, Johannesburg, South Africa

2000 - Gallery On The Square, Johannesburg, South Africa

2002 – Gallery On The Square, Johannesburg, South Africa

2003 – ABSA Gallery

Collections

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Pretoria Art Gallery

Durban Art Gallery

William Humphrey Gallery, Kimberley

National Gallery, Bloemfontein

Rembrandt  Art Foundation, Stellenbosch

University of the Witwatersrand

Rand Afrikaans University

Stadthale Eckernforde

California College of Arts and Craft, Print Collection, Oakland

Sandton Convention Centre

Cell C

Coetsee Van Rensburg

AECI

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