Ambassador Farnaud awards Barbara Lindop with France’s top cultural award
On Monday 12 March 2018, Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr Christophe Farnaud, hosted a reception at the French Residence in Pretoria in honour of Barbara Lindop, who will receive the insignia of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters).
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.
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. Barbara Lindop is a great figure in the artistic and cultural world, a great friend of France, a Francophile and francophone.
Barbara Lindop’s family attended the event, as well as Ismail Mahomed of the Market Theatre, Business and Arts South Africa CEO Michelle Constant and Arts consultant Mandie van der Spuy – who both also received the distinction of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2016.
About the Order of Arts and Letters:
The Order of Arts and Letters is a French order established in 1957 and awarded by the French ministry of Culture in recognition of significant contributions to the enrichment of the arts and literature in France and abroad. There are three degrees: knight, officer and commander. South African citizens who have been awarded the order: Johnny Clegg (1991), William Kentridge (2013), Gregory Maqoma (2017) and Zanele Muholi (2017).