Art for the Arch – Celebrating Archbishop Tutu’s 90th Birthday with a Good Cause

The Embassy of France in South Africa is proud to support the Art for the Arch auction, as part of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation’s 90@90 campaign, which aims to raise R90-million for the Tutu Legacy Fund – from 7 October 2020 to 7 October 2022.

Funds raised from the Art for the Arch auction will go towards an exciting long-term exhibition celebrating the work of Archbishop Tutu, titled “Truth to Power”, which will open in October 2021. The Embassy is honoured to be part of this momentous occasion ꟷ both Desmond and Leah Tutu have continued to be outstanding examples of compassionate and courageous leadership, which is reflected in the Foundation’s work and continues to inspire many. 

The hybrid (in-person and online) auction, also themed “Truth to Power”, will be held at The Old Granary, Cape Town, on 22 September 2021, and will consist of two sessions, with the first beginning at 15h00 and the main event taking place at 18h00. Strauss & Co is providing the auctioneer, a catalogue with a foreword written by HE Aurélien Lechevallier, and art insurance for the occasion. Registration opens on 15 September 2021, some of the items for auction include a highly coveted limited-edition print by renowned artist William Kentridge and a fully sponsored stay at a five-star private villa near Hermanus in the Western Cape. 

“We’re extremely proud and honoured to be a part of the celebrations for the 90th anniversary of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and hope that this milestone will help to raise awareness of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation’s important activities. The French Embassy will assist the Foundation in this auction on various aspects, including sourcing some of the items presented during the auction, and communicating widely around it on our networks,” says Aurélien Lechevallier, France’s ambassador to South Africa.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting this premier event with our partners Strauss & Co and the French Embassy in South Africa. Their generosity is greatly appreciated,” says the Foundation’s CEO, Piyushi Kotecha. “Archbishop Tutu’s legacy has not yet been fully told, yet his courageous leadership helped guide our country through and beyond apartheid, and set an example to the world,” says Kotecha. “It still does, but it is the Foundation and, most importantly, our young leaders who must carry on his legacy of constructive dialogue, consolation and the healing of divisions, all of which remain critically important to increase equitable prosperity and socio-economic development throughout our modern world.”

“We’re excited to be involved in the important quest to secure Archbishop Tutu’s legacy,” says Strauss & Co executive chairperson Frank Kilbourn. “Here at Strauss & Co we deal with important legacy pieces on a daily basis, but these tangible assets only have their true value because of the intangible. Archbishop Tutu is one of the greatest assets to humanity. His life story shows how we can be when we are at our best. We’re looking forward to hosting the auction.”


About the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation: Founded in 2013, the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation represents one of the world’s most iconic leaders and his life-long partner. The Foundation strives to ensure their uncompromised bravery is celebrated, communicated and curated for posterity. Guided by the values of its founders, the Foundation uses the Tutus’ rich archival heritage to promote learning, leadership and dialogue. This takes place through research and development, archival digitisation, museum design and curation, and programmes and events to promote these values.

About the Embassy of France in South Africa: The Embassy of France in South Africa serves as the main representative office of the French Republic, headed by Ambassador Aurélien Lechevallier. The Embassy works to build and strengthen cooperation and collaboration between South Africa and France in various fields, including politics, education, culture, business and science. This is done through close relations not only with the South African government, but also local businesses, non-governmental organisations, the media and educational institutions. Embassy staff constantly monitors and analyses local developments and is responsible for looking after the interests of French citizens in South Africa.

About the French Institute in South Africa (IFAS): Over the 20 past years, IFAS has worked with multiple public and private partners in South Africa and in more than 30 African countries, prioritising the development of skills and ecosystems for innovation in the cultural and creative industries sector. With each project, IFAS develops unique collaborations with the shared goal of making the exchanges between the countries within creative industries more rewarding, complementary, dynamic, innovative, creative and ambitious. The Institute facilitates and implements these collaborations with key players of the French creative industries in training, innovation, business development and public policies to design programmes with a win-win approach.

publie le 01/09/2021

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