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Setups and upsets

Exploring the work of Willem Boshoff
5 – 22 October 2011

On Thursday, 4 October the FADA Gallery opened the 2011 Prestigious Alumni Exhibition featuring Willem Boshoff. The Setups and upsets exhibition takes an interesting approach in exploring this artist’s work. Viewers will gain insight into his private workspaces and libraries which have inspired his artmaking processes.

Willem achieved a Masters Diploma in Technology in Fine Art at Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR) in 1984 (now University of Johannesburg). He taught in the Department of Fine Art and was also, for a period, Head of Department between 1984 and 1996. Boshoff was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University in 2008.

Boshoff is generally classified as a conceptual artist. Boshoff’s main areas of exploration include dictionaries, botanical gardens and nature, medieval and early music, avant garde music, ethnic music, philosophy, language systems that stonewall or subvert the institution of the traditional gallery to empower disenfranchised social groups or raise ecological issues.

Willem Boshoff, Warren Siebrits and Prof Marian Sauthoff (Executive Dean, UJ Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA)) 
at the opening of the Setups and Upsets exhibition in the FADA Gallery.​

Warren Siebrits and Willem Boshoff in front of ‘How to win a war’. Photographed at the opening of the Setups and Upsets exhibition in the FADA Gallery, Warren Siebrits delivered the opening address.

Visitors at the opening of Setups and Upsets on 4 October 2011

Some of Willem Boshoff’s seminal artworks are exhibited, including:


Blind Alphabet

City Book

Death of the Typewriter


Druid Walks: Tree Walk and slideshow ins New York in Memoriam

Far Far Away

Garden of Words

Hot Crossed Bowl

How to win a War

Kante van die Wind

Kubus (Cube)

Negotiating the English Labyrinth

Political Candyfloss




Tree of Knowledge Series: Druids Keyboard

(Additional works also displayed)

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