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South Africa’s premier art museum houses outstanding collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. Selections from the Permanent Collection change regularly to enable the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture. They provide insight into the extraordinary range of aesthetic production in this country, the African continent and further afield. This programme is complemented by a range of temporary visiting exhibitions.
On Thursday the 7th of December 2017 enjoy a specially curated programme of performances and a glass of Boschendal Wine whilst exploring the fantastic exhibitions on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery. The programme runs from 18:00 to 21:00 and admission is free to all.
Using technical examination methods such as infrared photography, ultraviolet light, x-ray imaging and microscopic analysis, Painted Surfaces goes beyond the paint layers to reveal insights into the techniques used by some of South Africa’s greatest painters. By providing insight into the physical process of creating an artwork, the exhibition throws new light on the painter’s intent, as well as aiding the care and conservation treatment of the artworks. This exhibition is a must see for scholars, art students and experts wanting to know more about what lies beyond the surface of paintings.
Alternative Press is an exhibition of original cartoons dedicated to the talent of cartoonist Derek Bauer. He became well-known for his inherently irreverent cartoons and caricatures of politicians and other prominent figures during the troubled and Apartheid-stricken South Africa and the turbulent world in the 1980s. His work appeared in an alternative South African newspaper, The Weekly Mail, where he expressed his fiercely independent and challenging views through the critical art of cartooning. The exhibition will also showcase work by contemporary cartoons by Brandan Reynolds and work by Zapiro.
As the scratchings on the 70 000-year- old Blombos ochre reveal, that non-figurative mark-marking long predates the very notion of ‘art’ itself. While abstraction’s ‘invention’ in the early 20th century by European avant-garde is now being celebrated, its traditions are ancient. Resisted in colonial South Africa, and belatedly accepted as part of the ‘international’ mainstream of modern art, disillusionment later arose as to its political relevance. Despite this, many artists persisted with abstraction as an expression of personal and spiritual
Hidden Treasures is a rich display of many outstanding and rare objects from Iziko’s Permanent Collection of African Art. Some of these have never been exhibited before, while others are newly re-discovered. Repatriation, continental and communal engagement have been central to building this collection. At the forefront of this exhibition is the innovative visual production of women artists who, across time and space, have produced exquisitely complex visual creations from symbolic and sacred materials to protect and adorn those they love, and latterly to earn living.
The title "in perpetuum" suggests something which is ongoing and everlasting. The exhibition consists of drawings and sculptures of varying sizes and a projected video, and is centered on contrasting variations of density and looseness. The exhibition highlights Armstrong’s use of sculpture to explore different expressions of these two terms in relation to scale, structure, materiality, space, representation and process.
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