Random Works? A Selection from the Permanent Collection

  • Location: South African National Gallery
  • From: May 30, 2011     To: August 21, 2011
Random Works? A Selection from the Permanent Collection

The Permanent Collection of the Iziko South African National Gallery has grown substantially from an initial bequest of 45 paintings of European art, presented by Thomas Butterworth Bayley in 1871. Currently, the Permanent Collection comprises of over 9000 works, now focusing on South African art.

The eclectic selection showcases diverse media such as paintings on different surfaces, works on paper, photography, installations, traditional sculpture and contemporary textiles. They provide insight into the diversity of the collection from historical European to traditional and contemporary African and South African art, revealing shifts in emphasis over time.

The random works displayed here are just the tip of the iceberg of the Permanent Collection. The idea was to use the opportunity to showcase a selection of works that had not seen the light of day in a while. In the process of selection several themes arose that were elaborated upon: landscape, death, abstraction, pop, still life and the theme of home. The question is whether the random works work?


Andrea Lewis 

email alewis@iziko.org.za

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