Richard Long: Karoo Highveld exhibition - a continental first!

  • Posted: Oct 28, 2011

Richard Long: Karoo Highveld exhibition - a continental first!

Iziko South African National Gallery
9 November 2011 – 10 April 2012

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.

Since this early work, the internationally renowned artist has maintained an affinity for Africa’s diverse landscapes and has returned to the continent several times over the years to create his unique sculptural works directly in the landscape. Twice, in 2004 and 2009, Long visited South Africa and produced works in the Karoo and in the Highveld, near to the Cradle of Humankind.

Long has been associated with the genres of Land Art and minimalism, however he sees his work as rooted in the act of walking, and in the reduction and relocation of forms rather than the production of new objects. Long has “made walks” all around the world, in each instance leaving a trace of his presence or arranging found natural elements directly in the landscape. Though these acts constitute the main part of his practice, he also shows artifacts and representations of his explorations and interventions in the contexts of galleries and museums.

Richard Long: Karoo Highveld comprises works, and traces of works, made during the artist’s two visits to South Africa. Though for the most part these comprise photographic pieces, text and sculptural installations, this exhibition will show, for the first time internationally, a series of fingerprint drawings made by Long during his residency at the Nirox Foundation, in the Cradle of Humankind, which took place in 2009.

Iziko Museums is proud to host Richard Long’s first solo exhibition in Africa. The artist will be in attendance at the opening of the exhibition on Wednesday 9 November 2011, and will give a public presentation on his work at the Iziko South African National Gallery on Thursday 10 November at 18:00.



Iziko Museums (Iziko) operates 12 national museums in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections which reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation which brings together these 12 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 (excluding the 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: 25 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 3861
Facsimile +27 (0) 21 481 9620
Cell 073 107 4955

On behalf of:   Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums


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