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The Castle of Good Hope invites us to rethink the william fehr collection.

The Castle of Good Hope invites us to rethink the william fehr collection.

The William Fehr Collection has been displayed at the Castle of Good Hope for nearly half a century.

Beginning of this year, it was renamed to “rethinking the william fehr collection”.

 

When you take a look at the artworks, you quickly get why:

It was shocking to see slavery depicted in such uncaring way.

These paintings are just showing how life was during colonial South Africa.

But the constant oppression represented in these images leaves a nasty taste: You can’t help but notice how picture for picture for picture the outcast and exploitation of the rightful heirs of this land penetrates the sense of justice.

 

Looks all dandy until you inspect closer the scene at the very left.

Looks all dandy until you inspect closer the scene at the very left.

 

Our system trained minds are eager to respect old art, because it represents history.

But this history was wrong.

 

So yes, rethinking what is usually described as “Fine and interesting examples of paintings and decorative arts of special relevance to the Cape”, seems overdue.

 

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