• Welcome to the website of the French Institute of South Africa!

  • Bienvenue sur le site de l'Institut Français d'Afrique du Sud !

Barbara Lindop received the insignia of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres

On Monday 12 March 2018, Barbara Lindop received the insignia of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) by Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr Christophe Farnaud

 

Art consultant Barbara Lindop is best known as artist Gerard Sekoto's greatest international specialist. South African artist Gerard Sekoto (1913-1993) spent 40 years in France in voluntary exile from Apartheid. He was a painter, self-taught pianist, musician and composer. He is widely regarded as one of the most iconic South African artists. Today, an award bears his name: ABSA L'Atelier Gerard Sekoto award. It rewards young visual artists aged 21 to 35 with the opportunity to develop their talents abroad.

 

decoration Barbara Lindop

'It was not just an act of artistic appreciation and friendship for you to take on this mammoth task of ensuring that Sekoto's work was known to your countrymen and to a wider audience oversees, it was a political act, an act of protest, an act of courage, an act that involved sacrifice on your part too.'

- H.E. Mr Christophe Farnaud

 

Barbara Lindop, a great friend of Sekoto, has written several books about the painter, organised numerous exhibitions and contributed to his worldwide fame. She runs the Sekoto Foundation and organised the 2013 exhibition entitled Songs for Sekoto 1913-2013 at the Wits Arts Museum in Johannesburg.
Barbara Lindop is also involved in numerous institutional committees such as the Wits Arts Museum and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. She is a great figure in the artistic and cultural world, a great friend of France, a Francophile and francophone.

 

Arts & Culture - Events & News

  • 2019-SoChef-FB-general
    Events & News

    So Chef! 2019 - A taste of France in South Africa

    So Chef! 2019 - A Taste of France in South Africa05 - 20 October 2019 Your favorite culinary rendez-vous with some of the crème de la crème of France's top chefs is back in South Africa and Lesotho this October. Four talented French chefs are flying in to bring a taste of France to your demanding… Read more
  • 2019-ReadingMachines-PR
    Exhibitions & Workshops

    Reading in Digital - New Interactive Literary Experiences

    The Reading in Digital exhibition displays new forms of literary creations through apps on tablets, computers, and illustrated books. Digital literary creations have been booming, in recent years, showing an unprecedented creative dynamism. Authors, editors, producers and designers are today… Read more
  • Photo Nyokong 3
    Events & News

    Phoka Nyokong wins 2019 Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award

    ©Phoka Nyokong - Collector-Gatherer IIPhotographic Digital print on aluminium On 3 September 2019, Phoka Nyokong walked away with the esteemed Absa L'Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award, which is bestowed on the most promising emerging South African artist aged 25 to 35 to enter the competition. The… Read more

Follow us:

 

Join the Culture Newsletter

Contact

Tel. (+27) 11 403 0458
Fax. (+27) 11 403 0465