The Iziko South African National Gallery is the national art gallery of South Africa located in Cape Town. It became part of the Iziko collection of museums – as managed by the Department of Arts and Culture – in 2001. It then became an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture. Its collection consists largely of Dutch, French and British works from the 17th to the 19th century. This includes lithographs, etchings and some early 20th-century British paintings. Contemporary art work displayed in the gallery is selected from many of South Africa's communities and the gallery houses an authoritative collection of sculpture and beadwork.
At a meeting in the Cape Town Public Library, convened on 12 October 1850, proposals were discussed to erect a building in the Company's Garden for the purpose of exhibiting art. This occasion was the inaugural meeting of the South African Fine Arts Association, founded by Thomas Butterworth Bayley and Abraham de Schmidt. The Association went on to arrange the first ever exhibition of fine art in South Africa. This took place on 10 May 1851 in the school rooms in the Company's Garden in Cape Town. Its primary raison d'être remained the establishing of a permanent home for a National collection.
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Sne Shozi | Feb 4, 2018
It was a great experience as I got to see a variety of artworks. Some were installations and some were traditional. It's a great space to learn and I got a student discount because I had my student card with me. Some of the artwork was exhibited outside when we to the gallery as a college and its situated in the gardens.
Kim Windvogel | Jan 9, 2018
This place hosts great artists' works. It rotates every other month and is worth the walk through the gardens. Staff friendly. If you happen to be in town on a very hot day, just walk in (pay) and enjoy art while the aircon fans your flaming body.
Margaret Thomason | Jan 24, 2018
Mainly modern art. Also some good cartoons. All on one floor so good for wheelchairs.
annette gulick | Feb 19, 2018
Nice variety in the temporary displays. Wish we could have been allowed into the courtyard and that there was some history of the building available.
Suzette Scheepers | Feb 10, 2018
The standard has deteriorated. Dirty floors. Unkept. What a pitym This was once an iconic establishment. Limited art. Dissappointing
Melissa Padilla Wegner | Jun 29, 2018
The exhibits available offered beautiful art. Interesting spoken word and story telling from the current (June 2018) main exhibit. The building looks like it would be bigger and offer more exhibits than it really does. Not bad for a quick visit.
Victoria B. | May 15, 2018
Wow, I could’ve spent an additional 2-3 hours here if I didn’t have a timeline. The museum is curated very well and I enjoyed the small notebooks that they have around the museum asking people to share their thoughts. I think the notebooks are a creative way to get feedback while also allowing people to see what others are writing and observing from the art they are seeing. I particularly appreciated the trans sex worker exhibit that is currently on display. To see art, activism and awareness blend together so effortlessly was great to see; I learned so much.
Amanda Devine | May 24, 2018
One of my favourite places in Cape Town. Located in the heart of the city, it is one of the great historical buildings set around the Company's Garden. The art on display is a mixture of permanent pieces/collections and visiting exhibitions or installations. I never get bored, and enjoy revisiting to compare my previous impressions or discover something new. My favourite piece is a sculpture called The Butcher Boys by Jane Alexander.
Pauline Grashoff | May 4, 2018
Ultra modern art is fine. Social commentary excellent especially by the best satirists in SA history. Just miss some of the old masters specially those giving a glimpse of historic Cape Town.
Shana Thoreson | Apr 23, 2018
Beautiful venue with amazing exhibits! I go every few months to see what's new. I love how they feature South African and local artists.
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