SOUND + SCULPTURE: Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night and Contemporary South African Sculptor Ruhan Janse van Vuuren

Schoenberg’s dark orchestral love poem Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4, I sets the backdrop for Janse van Vuuren’s deconstructed human figures in this third installment of the Sound + Sculpture Series.


December 3rd, 2016  by M. Elise Hillestad

Verklärte Nacht,  Jewish Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg’s tumultuous sextet for string was written in 1899 and inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name. Comprised of only one movement, the piece is sinewy, filled with climactic swells and melancholic drops. It’s emotional rawness makes a fitting aural backdrop to the stripped down figures of Pretoria, South African sculptor Ruhan Janse van Vuuren. Although they are contemporary, they look like artifacts of a long lost underwater civilization, covered in the patina of centuries, salt, lichen, and decay.

Listen as you look!




Ruhan Janse van Vuuren
Ruhan Janse van Vuuren ( 1981 – present )


more works by Ruhan Janse van Vuuren


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