Christmas Magic at the Woermannhaus Gallery

Décor and vintage

23 November 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Urte Remmert; SAA Board member; “We decided against exhibiting Christmas decorations.”

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The Swakopmund Arts Association (SAA) hosted the opening of the annual “Christmas Magic at the Gallery” at the Woermannhaus Gallery in Swakopmund on Saturday (21 November).

The exhibition usually focuses on the display of Christmas decorations but this year it will be held under the theme “décor and vintage” and focuses on retro items.

“We decided against exhibiting Christmas decorations because there are too many Christmas markets happening. We also thought of the many elderly people living here in Swakopmund with a lot of stuff,” said Swakopmund Arts Association (SAA) board member Urte Remmert.

According Heide-Marie Lacheiner-Kahn (another SAA board member), the old age pensions and the elderlies’ savings are so little that the money they have to live on is very little.

“The owners of the goods made their own prices and the Swakopmund Arts Association added a nominal percentage to it,” said Lacheiner-Kahn.

There will be a variety of items on display ranging from old farm implements to coffee machines, meat grinders, tools, old bottles, retro telephones, typing machines, maps from 1941, vintage chess boards from Poland to old bank notes from the great depression, utensils and silver antique chairs - all at affordable prices.

This will be the second exhibition hosted by SAA since the outbreak of Covid-19 and the first since president Hage Geingob relaxed lockdown measures to allow up to 200 people at a gathering.

The first exhibition hosted by the association during the Covid-19 period was “Little Big Things” and took place near the Brauhaus in the central business district.
“We know that everyone is feeling the pinch of the economy. Business is slow and this applies to all sectors. Buying something new for a loved one is so expensive but an item here can be something that you can enjoy and at a good price,” said Lacheiner-Kahn.

She added that these times have also taught a lesson to everyone to rethink and not to just buy a new item and throw the other one away, but to reuse, give them to someone else, or swop it.

“It has taught many people to appreciate old things as well as the heritage and history of where it comes from.”

The exhibition concludes on 17 January 2021.

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