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South African National Gallery: visit local culture

art & culture

A must-see stop for both the permanent collection and the temporary exhibits.

Pending the opening, in 2017, of The Zeitz Museum, the first contemporary art museum in South Africa, the halls of this rich South African National Gallery will keep you sated.

In the centre of the city, hidden in the greenery of Companys Garden park, the 1930 building houses a permanent collection of British, Dutch, Flemish, French, and African art. Indeed, African art, which was long the poor relation of the gallery, is finally getting the recognition it deserves, thanks to the museums updated acquisition policy. Indigenous sculptures and elaborate beadwork are one part of the African art on display here. The National Gallery is also requesting the return of objects that were taken abroad during apartheid.

Among the contemporary works, Jane Alexander's The Butcher Boys featuring ‘hybrid' men with animal parts on their bodies evokes a society traumatised after years of apartheid. Have a look and take a moment to reflect…

South African National Gallery
Government Avenue
Company's Garden
8000 Cape Town

+27 (0)21 481 3970

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