Art Collections – News


Rare masterpiece returns to France

  • May 28, 2013

‘The King’s Map’ is set to return and rest at its home, Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. This rare masterpiece is a unique map of South Africa produced 222 years ago. Nearly 3 x 2m in size – painted on brushed cotton for King Louis XVI of France – the map, a record of biodiversity and animal distribution in southern Africa,has 66 illustrations of animals, birds, and plants.  It illustrates the route travelled by French traveller, free thinker and social critic of the time - during the birth of democracy, François Le Vaillant.


Iqholo le Afrika (Her African Pride)

  • Mar 12, 2012

Iziko Museums in collaboration with the Campbell Collections of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, proudly presents Iqholo le Afrika:  A Centenary Celebration of the Life and Work of Barbara Tyrrell.  An event marking her 100th birthday on 15 March 2012 will launch the exhibition at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) which opens to the public the following day.


For Future Generations - Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music’

  • Nov 4, 2011

The Iziko Social History Collections department will be hosting the travelling exhibition: ‘For Future Generations - Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music’ at the Iziko Good Hope Gallery, Castle of Good Hope from 19 November 2011 until 31 March 2012. 


Richard Long: Karoo Highveld exhibition - a continental first!

  • Oct 28, 2011

Richard Long: Karoo Highveld is the first showing of the work by British artist Richard Long in South Africa, and, indeed, the first on the African continent. Shortly after Long graduated from the prestigious London art school Central St Martins, he made his first trip to Africa in 1969 to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. His journey culminated with his creating, and then leaving, a sculpture on the summit.


Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke

  • Oct 3, 2011

About to open at the Iziko South African National Gallery is ‘Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke’, which runs from 20 October 2011 – 19 February 2012. The exhibition is aimed at honouring Clarke’s life, work and contribution to art in South Africa. It is a real celebration for the people of Cape Town and the residents of Ocean View in particular.



  • Sep 26, 2011

The Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Visual Art exhibition, Nandipha Mntambo: Faena, opens at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 28 September 2011. For 28-year old Nandipha Mntambo, cowhide is the primary medium used to express her passion for challenging societal and cultural norms.


Exhibition opening – ‘EVER YOUNG: JAMES BARNOR

  • Sep 8, 2011

7 September 2011 – 29 January 2012

The Iziko South African National Gallery, in association with Autograph ABP, presents local audiences with the opportunity to view, for the first time, the work of Ghanaian photographer James Barnor, studio portraitist, photojournalist and photographer for Drum magazine