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Join Iziko Museums of South Africa for our #MaterialsMatterChallenge!

Iziko Museums of South Africa

Inspired by Matereality at the Iziko South African National Gallery


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Zikhona Jafta on 021 481 3838 or at


Taking inspiration from the current exhibition, Matereality – create your own artwork using recyclable materials lying around your home, post a photo of it to social media, and use the hashtag #MaterialsMatterChallenge to keep us in the loop. Every few days, Iziko will be posting an artwork featured in Matereality to our social media pages – so keep your eye on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for your own creation inspiration!



Matereality highlights how contemporary artists from the African continent are challenging traditional notions around what materials are suited to art-making. The group exhibition explores different issues and ideas such as climate and environmental issues; pollution; waste; xenophobia; poverty; beauty; gender; and politics – using certain materials to provide insight into their reality. 

The exhibition unpacks how artists have used the materials, whether directly or indirectly, to raise questions about larger societal concerns. The selection of artists may explore a wide range of issues; however, the thread that connects them all is that of using materiality to guide the aesthetic experience.


Artists featured in the exhibition include Athi Patra-Ruga, Patrick Bongoy, Jodi Paulsen, Billie Zangewa, Bert Pauw, Bronwyn Katz, Cyrus Kabiru and Gabrielle Kruger – to name just a few. These artists explore what is important to them with autonomy and authority, but without losing the material traditions that have been such an important part of their nation’s artistic or historical legacy. The materials being used often have an inherent history, which can offer a powerful starting point and make for a more meaningful process.


These mostly upcoming or established artists provide a glimpse into the vibrant South African art scene as well as the visual production from the rest of the African continent. This swathe of contemporary artists from across the continent are exploring ‘the material’ in new and exciting ways. The works encapsulate a very wide scope of materials, showing that ‘materiality’ is a rich subject; materials range from cow-hides to plastic bags, from bra-straps to pantyhose, from fake nails to computer parts.

Matereality is curated by Andrea Lewis, Iziko Curator of Prints and Drawings. While the museums are closed, you are welcome to visit Iziko online at The #MuseumFromHome initiative provides museums across the world with a different platform for creating awareness and engaging society about contemporary issues affecting us.


Featured artists


Aaron Samuel Mulenga
Akudwe Elsie Chiwa
Alexandra Karakashian
Amy Rusch
Athi Patra Ruga
Bert Pauw
Billie Zangewa
Patrick Bongoy
Bronwyn Katz
Buhlebezwe Siwani
Bulumko Mbete
Carolyn Parton
Chris Soal
Cyrus Kabiru
Daniel Halter
David Brits
Dominique Edwards
Elias Sime
Turiya Magadlela
Frances Goodman
Francois Knoetze
Gabrielle Kruger
Gerald Machona
Igshaan Adams
Inga Somdyala
Jill Joubert
Jody Paulsen
Jake Singer
Kresiah Mukwazhi
Laurence Lemoana
Liza Grobler
Lyndi Sales
Mabunda Gonḉalo
Ibrahim Mahama
Michael MacGarry
Masimba Hwati
Maurice Mbikayi
Mawande Ka Zenzile
Mia Chaplin
Moffat Takadiwa
Mounir Fatmi
Nandipha Mntambo
Nicholas Hlobo
Nobuka Nqaba
Pascale Tayou
Pierrѐ Fouche
Pierre Vermeulen
Sandile Zulu
Serge Attukwei Clottey
Siwa Mgoboza
Stephanѐ Conradie
Usha Seejarim
Wallen Mapondera
Willie Bester




Issued by: Ellen Agnew

Communications Coordinator: Iziko Museums of South Africa

Telephone: 021 481 3830 Email:


Issued on behalf of the Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa



About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)


Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium and Digital Dome, the Social History Centre and three collection‑specific libraries in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and public benefit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope, Groot Constantia and Planetarium and Digital Dome). Visit our webpage at, join our online community on Facebook (, Instagram (@izikomuseumssa) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.


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Dear Visitors,

Please be advised that Iziko Museums’ Winter Operating Hours have been adjusted for weekends.

Winter Weekend Hours:

Saturdays: 08h30 – 16h00

Iziko Museums: Slave Lodge, South African Museum and South African National Gallery,

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Sundays: 08h30 – 16h00

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Iziko Management

Dear Visitor 


Iziko Museums’ Winter Operating Hours Update. 


Please be advised that the weekend(SAT and SUN) operating hours have been adjusted. 

The museums will open operate from 08h30 to 16h00 on weekends during winter.


Saturdays from 08h30 to 16h00

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, Iziko South African National Gallery, 

Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum and Iziko Slave Lodge. 


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Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium and Iziko South African National Gallery. 


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