Missing art work at Iziko South African National Gallery

  • Posted: Jun 1, 2011

On the morning of 26 May 2011 a small sculpture in welded bronze by South African artist Barend de Wet, which occupied a niche on the façade of the Iziko South African National Gallery, was found to be missing. Although the bronze may have been stolen, the niche is approximately 12 metres from ground level and security personnel saw no irregularity on the site. It is possible that the high winds recently buffeting the Cape dislodged the sculpture.

De Wet’s work, which is one of a series of four small welded bronzes, was originally submitted for a competition for niche-pieces for the façade of the National Gallery in 1989, and subsequently acquired.

The remaining three bronzes by De Wet have been removed from their niches to ensure their safety. The incident is under investigation by the police and Gallery staff are investigating the possibility of getting the lost bronze replaced.


Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation which brings together twelve national museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows free access to all individuals on commemorative days, as well as unlimited free access to individuals aged 18 and under (excludes Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium).

COMMEMORATIVE DAYS – *FREE ENTRANCE (Excluding Iziko Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope)


  • Human Rights Day: 21 March
  • Freedom Day: 27 April
  • International Museum Day: 18 May
  • Africa Day: 25 May
  • Youth Day: 16 June
  • National Women’s Day: 9 August
  • Heritage Week: 19 – 25 September
  • National Aids Awareness Day: 1 December
  • Emancipation Day: 1 December
  • Day of Reconciliation: 16 December


Issued by: Melody Kleinsmith
Communications Coordinator: Institutional Advancement, Iziko Museums
Telephone +27 (0) 21 481 3890
Facsimile +27 (0) 21 481 9620
Cell 073 107 4955
E-mail mkleinsmith@iziko.org.za
Website http://www.iziko.org.za

On behalf of: Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of Cape Town 


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