Making way for a new exhibition at the Iziko South African National Gallery - don't miss Hidden Treasures, Friends50 and Irma Stern's 'Arab Priest': Image and Context

Iziko South African National Gallery

Visit the Iziko South African National Gallery for your #LastChanceToSee Hidden Treasures, Friends50, and Irma Stern’s ‘Arab Priest: Image and Context. These exhibitions come down on Sunday, 19 January 2020 to make way for the upcoming exhibition, Matereality.  

Hidden Treasures comes as a rich display of many outstanding and rare objects from Iziko’s Permanent Collection of African Art. At the forefront of this exhibition is the innovative visual production of women artists who, across space and time, have produced exquisite and complex creations – from symbolic and sacred materials – to both protect and adorn their loved ones; and to earn an income.

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A visitor poses for a photograph with an artwork up on exhibition as part of Hidden Treasures at the
Iziko South African National Gallery. Photograph: Marla Burger © Iziko Museums of South Africa.
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Installation shot of Hidden Treasures at the Iziko South African National Gallery.
Photograph: Nigel Pamplin © Iziko Museums of South Africa.

 

The Friends of the South African National Gallery have supported the National Gallery for over fifty years; and in doing so have acquired over 300 hundred artworks for the National Gallery’s permanent collection. A selection of these works are on exhibition in Friends50 – which comes as a celebration of the Friends and their continual support. Highlights of the exhibition include major sculptural works by the acclaimed Mary Sibande, Gerald Machona and Maurice Mbikayi. The Friends have also consistently supported the National Gallery’s policy of addressing the under-representation of young, black artists in its collections.

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Visitors explore Friends50 at the Iziko South African National Gallery.
Photograph: Marla Burger © Iziko Museums of South Africa.

 

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Visitors explore artworks up on exhibition as part of Friends50 at the
Iziko South African National Gallery.
Photograph: Marla Burger © Iziko Museums of South Africa.

 

Irma Stern’s ‘Arab Priest’: Image and Context highlights and debates the assumed Orientalist subtexts that are evident in Stern’s work, as well as in the works by her contemporaries in the dominant colonial culture of South Africa of the 1940s. To highlight this precise point, Stern’s Arab Priest – which has been replaced by a replica; the original is at the Javett Art Centre in Pretoria – is positioned in the exhibition as a pendant and contrast to James Eddie’s realist Portrait of Hadjee Izik Fatah (1945). This exhibition also marked the return of the Arab Priest to South Africa – on loan for a year from the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA).

 

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Visitors view artworks up on exhibition as part of Irma Stern’s ‘Arab Priest’: Image and Context at the
Iziko South African National Gallery. Photograph: Marla Burger © Iziko Museums of South Africa.
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A visitor views artworks up on exhibition as part of Irma Stern’s ‘Arab Priest’: Image and Context at the
Iziko South African National Gallery. Photograph: Marla Burger © Iziko Museums of South Africa.

 

Be sure not to miss these engaging, exciting and extraordinary exhibitions – visit the Iziko South African National Gallery before Sunday, 19 January 2020!