A Collecting Journey: Works from the collection of Handspring Puppet Company

Zoom Panel Discussion

22/11/2021     Live Auctions, Events


Aspire Art Auctions is honoured to present a unique selection of works from the collection of Handspring Puppet Company in the upcoming Modern & Contemporary Art Auction in Johannesburg on 30 November 2021.

The works presented have been collected over more than 30 years and map much of the company’s creative, personal and professional journey.  Including works by celebrated artists such as William Kentridge, George Pemba, Simon Stone and Zanele Muholi, amongst others, the collection offers buyers a unique opportunity to possess a rich piece of history in acquiring art selected and loved by Handspring’s world-renowned creatives.  

As a part of the preview lead-up to the sale, Aspire presents a discussion spotlighting this unique and eccentric collection. Join Senior Art Specialist Sarah Sinisi in conversation with Handspring’s Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones as they unpack the duos’ approach to collecting, what inspired them to aquire particular pieces, the personal stories behind the works and how the art has influenced Handspring’s creative output.


DATE: Wednesday, 24 November at 6 pm
WEBINAR ID: 987 0566 6347
PASSWORD: 176806


About Handspring Puppet Company

Founded in 1981, Handspring Puppet Company has grown under the leadership of Artistic Director Adrian Kohler and Executive Producer Basil Jones over 40 years.

The much-celebrated company has presented work in over 30 countries across the world and is widely recognised as South Africa’s pre-eminent puppet company. In 2007 they achieved critical acclaim when the hit play War Horse premiered at the Royal National Theatre in South Bank, London – establishing Handspring as one of the most important puppet companies worldwide. Their most recent creation, Little Amal is a 3.5 metre-tall puppet of a young Syrian refugee girl. In this complex and ambitious project – that speaks to the escalating plight of refugees –  Amal travelled  8 000 km through 8 countries crossing many contrasting terrains.