Exhibitions on at Iziko SA National Gallery

Filling in the Gaps - an exhibition at ISANG
Filling in the Gaps - now on at ISANG

“Filling in the Gaps” – an exhibition of recently acquired works

Whilst the exhibition is of newly acquired works, it is also an opportunity to make public the National Gallery's revised collecting policies.  

The under funding of acquisitions has long been a bone of contention, yet "Filling in the Gaps" promises to be surprising in its diversity and evidence of its aim to continue to be relevant in showcasing excellence in the visual arts.

The exhibition features important acquisitions which addresses neglected histories - such as works by Ephraim Ngatane and Peter Clarke - and works by cutting-edge artists such as Lerato Shadi, Sethembile Msezane, Mongezi Ncaphayi and Steven Cohen, who are concerned with contemporary issues. 
Irma Stern "Arab Priest"
Irma Stern "Arab Priest"

“Irma Stern 'Arab Priest': Image and Context” – an exhibition on the painting by Irma Stern

Irma Stern’s now-controversial painting "Arab Priest" (1945) returns to South Africa on loan from the Orientalist Museum in Doha, Qatar for one year.  It can be viewed at the National Gallery until 23rd June after which it will continue its tour of the country.  

The National Gallery exhibition "Irma Stern 'Arab Priest': Image and Context" partners the painting with works of similarly "exotic" subject matter by Stern's contemporaries.  In this way, the exhibition  considers the "Orientalist" subtexts that are assumed to exist in Stern’s paintings executed in Zanzibar and other parts of Islamic Africa, and how "Orientalism" fascinated Stern and other artists then, as well as its problematics today.
David Koloane at Iziko SA National Gallery
during install - image courtesy of Alex van Rensberg

“A Resistant Visionary: Poetic Expressions of David Koloane” – retrospective now on

The exhibition is a celebration of the artistic journey and the seminal contributions of veteran Johannesburg-based artist David Koloane, who turned 80 last year. The changing sociopolitical landscape of South Africa – from the apartheid era to the present – is reflected not only in his own work, but also in his sterling promotion and nurturing of the work of many disadvantaged younger artists.