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An exhibition charting the development of art in South Africa, from the creations of early human society to examples of contemporary work.

South Africa has a long tradition of creative practice. Some of the oldest art objects in the world were discovered within its provinces – excavations have found examples of Paleolithic cave paintings and jewellery items made from snail shells – while William Kentridge, Johannes Phokela and Francki Burger prove the strength of the cultural scene today.

This exhibition draws together items from across the centuries to document South Africa's history in a powerful visual display. It not only pays testimony to problematic periods of colonialism and apartheid, but also celebrates the many different peoples who have contributed to the nation's accomplishments.

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Daily, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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