Arts, Culture & Heritage

Tribute to Bram Fischer

Last Updated: September 26, 2023
Artist

Hermann Niebuhr and Jabulani Zwane

A Brief History

In 2009 the city Directorate of Arts, Culture and Heritage launched the development of a public artwork for the newly-completed Multi-Purpose Hall in BraamFischerville.

Six artists participated in a concept workshop on 13 February to come up with sketches for the final artwork. Workshop participants comprised five emerging artists (Jabulani Zwane, Danny Mahamba, Senzo Nhlapo, Raymond Schoeman and Landi Raubenheimer) working together with a more established painter, Hermann Niebuhr. From the initial group, Jabulani Zwane was identified to work with Niebuhr on the final artwork Painting commenced on-site on 30 March 2009 and was completed in April 2009.

Description

Major themes of Fischer’s life and struggle are illustrated on a series of three murals decorating the foyer of the Bram Fischer Multi-purpose Hall.  Fischer is shown as an Afrikaner, a lawyer, an activist, a political prisoner, and a family man.  Prominence is given to his role as a lawyer of conscience who served life imprisonment for his convictions.

Artwork Signage

In 2009 the city Directorate of Arts, Culture and Heritage launched the development of a public artwork for the newly-completed Multi-Purpose Hall in BraamFischerville.

Six artists participated in a concept workshop on 13 February to come up with sketches for the final artwork. Workshop participants comprised five emerging artists (Jabulani Zwane, Danny Mahamba, Senzo Nhlapo, Raymond Schoeman and Landi Raubenheimer) working together with a more established painter, Hermann Niebuhr. From the initial group, Jabulani Zwane was identified to work with Niebuhr on the final artwork Painting commenced on-site on 30 March 2009 and was completed in April 2009.

Location & Address

6731 Isichalo Cres, Bram Fischerville, Soweto, 1725