“I never promised you a rose garden.
Along with the sunshine,
there’s got to be a little rain sometime.”

27 AUGUST 2023 – 21 JANUARY 2024

The exhibition “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” takes place during the 2023 spring season as Cavalli Estate.

“I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”, an immersive exhibition that invited artists to explore the intricate relationship between humanity and the natural world.

With the start of spring around the corner, artists were invited to embark on a journey to challenge conventional notions of beauty and confront the complexities hidden beneath the surface of a seemingly perfect rose garden.

Participating artists were encouraged to investigate and confront the romanticized notions of a perfect existence and are invited to delve deeper into the nuanced realities of life. Inspired by the iconic phrase, the exhibition encourages a revaluation of our expectations, aspirations, and the vulnerabilities that shape us.

“To romanticize the world is to make us aware of the magic, mystery and wonder of the world; it is to educate the senses to see the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the mundane as sacred, the finite as infinite” – Novalis


Featured artists include:

Alexia Vogel, Amber Moir, Alice Toich, Chelsea Young, Chris van Niekerk, Driaan Claassen,
Emma Nourse, Fanie Buys, Frans Smit, Gabrielle Raaff, Jana Wasserman, Kate Scharf, Katrin
Coetzer, Kirsten Jenna Haviland, Ronel de Jager, Lenè Ehlers, Luami Calitz, Marguerite
Roux, Matthew Prins, Olivia Botha, Paul Senyol, Rosie Mudge (SMAC Gallery), Sarah
Heinamann, Daniel Levi, Elsabe Milandri, Jan Ernst de Wet, Colijn Strydom and Michelle

The exhibition opened on Sunday, 27 August 2023 and will conclude on 21 January 2024.

Please contact our gallery curator, Amy Lyn Eveleigh, on for any further information.

Gallery operating hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10h00 till 18h00.