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The Evolution of Indigenous Art

The Evolution of Indigenous Art, curated by Annelize Kotze and Lukretia Booysen, juxtapose contemporary indigenous artworks with San and Khoe rock art from the Later Stone Age.

The exhibition housed in the |Qe Power of Rock Art Gallery at the Iziko South African Museum showcases approximately 20 original art pieces by 10 different artists from

Cape Town to the Northern Cape. Their passion for their craft, their message to their communities, and their drive to have their voices heard and acknowledged, is evident in every piece. 

Each artwork was meticulously selected to illustrate tangible contrasts and similarities with the Iziko collections currently presented in the space. The Evolution of Indigenous Art 

explores art by contemporary indigenous descendants and how their practices have continued through time. It marries ancient indigenous art and indigenous knowledge systems

with those who refuse to allow this practice to become extinct. Like the art that was created so many years ago, this artform will continue to progress through the generations,

unfold itself to those who seek to listen, and rise to the heights of its spiritual purpose. 

The exhibition is hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa, in collaboration with the Koena Art Institute.

Educational programmes, linked to the CAPs curriculum, have also been developed. These include museum lessons and walk-abouts with the educator to talk about the

ancient art, contemplative, silent, self-exploration of the space, creative Arts as well as an engravings-based 3-hour workshop.

For school group enquiries and bookings, contact Wardah Harris via email on or Tel: 021 481 3832

The Evolution of Indigenous Art on show from 1 March until 31 August 2023.

|Qe Power of Rock Art Gallery, Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Road, Cape Town.

Open Monday to Sunday from 09:00 until 17:00  Email: or call Tel: 021 481 3800

About the Koena Art Institute:

The Koena Art Institute is an organisation that celebrates and preserves Khoe and San heritage and identity, representing artists of Khoena heritage from across South Africa.

Artworks and events reflect the narrative through the eyes of the Khoena people, indigenous to the Southern Region of Africa.  The Koena Art Institute celebrates creativity, openness,

tolerance, and generosity. We aim to be inclusive where diverse cultural, artistic, social, and political positions are welcome.  Hosting a beautiful balance of seasoned and upcoming artists

who will present an exciting array of content central to the modern and contemporary Khoi/San. Committed to sharing the most thought-provoking modern, fine and contemporary art.

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