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Iziko South African National Gallery

Government Avenue | Company's Garden, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 481 3970
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South Africa's premier art museum houses outstanding collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art.Selections from the Permanent Collection change regularly to enable the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Government Avenue | Company's Garden, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The South African National Gallery is one of the best curated art galleries I have ever been to. With only a small collection the exhibitions make you think about contemporary and modern art, always aware that you are in Africa. Current exhibition about abstraction challenges...More

Thank NewYorkH
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was surprised by the up to date presentation of contemporary life in many exhibits. Wonderful photos of Urban Life, Cutting edge political comment too !

Thank ian_edlin
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

From the very outset some of the exhibits were beautiful. The variety of subjects and media is truly great. If you like modern art in all its forms you must make time for a visit. The exhibits may change from now (Nov 2017) but I'm...More

Thank Patrick B
Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

We went to this museum and i can only describe it as "just ok". Not really impressed by both the quality and quantity which is displayed but it is ok. That's all!

Thank Rho28500
Reviewed 11 October 2017

I took an overseas artist for her first visit and she enjoyed it much more than I did. Both of us were not in the least interested in two halls full of Derek Bauer cartoons/caricatures at all. The African stuff were much more interesting, but...More

Thank JJBuirski
Reviewed 4 October 2017

The SANG has excellent exhibitions on at the moment: Hidden treasures from their permanent collection; the cartoons of Derek Bauer; photographs of Andrew Tshabangu being three we particularly enjoyed. It is always troubling to contemplate Jane Alexander's famous sculpture: The Butcher Boys. Do go and...More

Thank Rochelle K
Reviewed 14 September 2017

You cannot go wrong visiting the National Gallery...there is everything to see...art, design, beautiful textiles and fabrics, dresses, just everything for an avid collector to refresh his or her ideas for what to buy next or to at least aspire to collecting...

Thank Jane W
Reviewed 21 August 2017

This is a very good gallery with some excellent exhibits on display. A favorite is the Reconstructed African Choir of 1891, a photo exhibit with choral singing. It is very well done and moving. A few minutes before 5 o'clock closing, the curator came dancing...More

Thank Tim R
Reviewed 11 June 2017

When we came in we found the woman behind the desk asleep and she seemed very annoyed we woke her. We tried to ask her about the current exhibition but she just kept on repeating the entrance price (R60). The museum had lots of empty...More

2  Thank Annie v
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

I visited this museum on a quiet afternoon and was pleased to see people from diverse backgrounds visiting. There were special exhibits showing, featuring commentary on women. Some of the exhibits could be classified as political. I loved the contemporary art is displayed along side...More

1  Thank Judy B
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28 January 2016|
Response from desiree472016 |
I would like to know can I exhibit artwork in your gallery. And if yes ,I would I go about it ?