South African National Gallery, journey through local culture

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South African National Gallery, journey through local culture

A must-see stop for both the permanent collection and the temporary exhibits, displaying African and international arts.

Besides a visit to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), you have to discover the rich corridors of the South African National Gallery.

In the centre of the city, hidden in the greenery of Company's 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 museum's 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

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