Somerset House art – Athi-Patra Ruga’s ‘Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions’

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

On display until the 6th Jan 2019 is Athi-Patra Ruga’s ‘Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions,’ a work of sculpture, photography, video and embroidery.

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

The first UK major solo exhibition of the internationally renowned South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga, the series of three recent works unveils a “surreal, mythical utopia, filled with a collection of extraordinary characters. “

Showcasing his diverse practice, from drawings and sculpture to film and photography, plus beautiful hand-crafted petit point tapestry, the exhibition immerses visitors in Ruga’s vibrant world – an allegory of post-apartheid political, cultural and social systems, and a shimmering vision of a more humanist future. []

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

In the courtyard can be seen installations by Ibrahim El-Salahi called ‘Meditation Tree.’

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House art - Athi Patra Ruga's 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions

Somerset House info

Somerset House
Strand, London WC2R 1LA
+44 (0)20 7845 4600

Opening times:

Gallery & exhibition spaces
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & Sundays 10.00-18.00 (last admission 17.00)
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 11.00-20.00 (last admission 19.00)

Admission to Somerset House is free, but you’ll need to buy a ticket for some exhibitions and events. The Courtauld Gallery charges an admission fee.