TOPIC: Dr Hans Fransen: His work; his life
SPEAKER: Jozef Smit
DATE: Tuesday, 17 July 2012
TIME: 19h45 for 20h00
VENUE: The Athenaeum
Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Mariendahl & Campground Rds.
Hans Fransen has been active in the architecture, art and music circles of South Africafor more than half a century.
As a previous chairman of VASSA he needs no further introduction to any of its members.
VASSA deeply appreciates and would like to acknowledge his enormous contribution to the South African cultural landscape.
Jozef Smit will present a lecture on Dr Hans Fransen and his multiple achievements.
Art and architecture historian and author of seminal books on South African architecture such as the definitive The Old Houses of The Cape and The Old Buildings of the Cape co-authored with Mary Cook; The Old Buildings of the Cape (2004) and Old Towns and Villages of the Cape (2006), as well as standard reference works, including Guide to the Museums of Southern Africa (1978), Three Centuries of South African Art (1982), A Cape Camera (1994), plus his recent Erik Laubscher, a Life in Art (2009).
He has been involved in arts, culture and conservation since immigrating fromHollandin 1955 – as curator of the Stellenbosch and Groot Constantia museums, assistant director of the SA National Gallery and until retirement, director of the Michaelis Art collection.
As well as a doctorate from the Universityof KwaZulu-Natal, he was awarded an honorary D.Phil. by the Universityof Stellenbosch, and a knighthood by the Netherlandsfor his pioneering work.
The fieldwork for one book alone, which covers over 5 000 buildings and includes 700 photographs, required travelling 25 000 km by car and 5 000 km by bicycle. Good thing that he’s a veteran of six Comrades Marathons and eighteen Argus Cycle Tours!
Jozef Smit is a practicing architect living in Cape Town. Together with Norval Louw they are the founding partners of the practice Smit met Louw Architects which is based in Paarl.
He has a keen interest and knowledge of South Africa’s architectural heritage. He endeavours to make all aware of the conservation of our building heritage.
Visitors are welcome to this free talk