Kim Sacks - Contemporary Gallery
CONTEMPORARY GALLERY · TRIBAL GALLERY · VESSEL MAKER · EXHIBITIONS · SCHOOL OF CERAMICS

About Us


The Building in which the current Kim Sacks Gallery is presently housed is a major Johannesburg, land-mark. It was  built in 1997 by my husband Cornelius Lehr, who is a well known Swiss Clock-Maker, and designed primarily by myself. The idea behind the design of the building was to construct a huge "Clay-Vessel" into which I would put all the extra-ordinary objects which inspire me so profoundly.

Having been situated in the heart of Johannesburg for the last 30 years – and speaking a reasonable French and a smattering of a number of local languages – I have the had the privilege of having access to an extraordinary collection of wonderful traders who for one or another reason find themselves passing through "Jozi" as it is fondly referred to.

Because of my life-long passion for objects, their makers and their origins, I am constantly researching and coming upon new material that inspires me.  I have for 25 years – been meeting traders on a weekly basis, sharing with them my extensive research, exchanging thoughts and observations about the constantly changing  situation that we find ourselves in, in the world of collecting, on the African continent.  Conversations that bring the objects that resonate with me, closer in understanding and custodianship.

Due to the fact that my interests lie in both the Contemporary Objects and pieces of Old Material Culture, I am able to acquire a very broad spectrum of beautiful pieces.  The Gallery at any one time has collections and exhibitions of:

Ceramics
Baskets
Textiles
Beads
Furniture
Metal
Sculpture
Wood.