South African National Art Gallery (SANG)

South African National Art Gallery (SANG)

Features both Southern African and international art. The permanent collection concentrates on South African art, including a contemporary component, beadwork and repatriation artefacts as well as an indigenous sculpture collection. Lying in the Company Gardens, opposite the South African Museum on Government Avenue, the South African National Gallery houses some of the most beautiful collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art in South Africa.

The South African National Art Gallery, in the Company Gardens, is part of the Iziko Museums of Cape Town. The gallery was founded in 1871 and Thomas Butterworth Bayley bequeathed the first collection of 45 paintings exhibited. Thousands of paintings and sculptures now make up the gallery’s collection.

South Africa's premier art museum houses outstanding collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. Selections from the Permanent Collection change regularly to enable the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture. They provide insight into the extraordinary range of aesthetic production in this country, the African continent and further afield. The collections on exhibit change regularly as it’s not possible to show everything at one time.

An excellent example of contemporary South African art is the ghoulish sculpture The Butcher Boys, by Jane Alexander. Walk around these three sitting figures with an air of foreboding and menace about them, and you'll be shocked to discover their exposed spines.

The South African National Gallery is situated in Cape Town, viewed here from Government Avenue with Devil's Peak in the background. The Avenue in times of van Riebeeck bisected the gardens which were 18 hectares in size. This garden commemorates a battle during the first world war where 3032 soldiers and 121 officers of the South African Brigade entered the Delville Wood forests in France and only 5 officers and 750 men left it uninjured after a 5 day battle. It was one of the most memorable battles of the war. To the extreme left of this memorial garden and forming part of it you come across the South African National gallery.

The Gallery has hosted important official and corporate functions. Major publications and famous products have been launched here and the venue is used selectively for television commercials and photographic shoots. The Gallery Shop showcases the best of traditional and contemporary South African craft. Articles include embroidered textiles, handcrafted ceramics, basketry, telephone wire products and fine beadwork.

Open 10:00-17:00 Tuesday to Sunday, Closed Mondays, Workers Day and Christmas Day

Entrance fees
Visitors 16 years and older: R15, Under 16 years free, South African pensioners, school learners and students: R5, Free entrance on selected commemorative days.

Contact - Iziko South African National Gallery

Visiting Address: Government Street, Government Avenue, Company's Garden, Cape Town 8000
Postal Address: South African National Gallery, PO Box 61 Cape Town 8000
Telephone +27 (0)21 467 4660
Fax: +27 (0)21 467 4680
Booking details
Contact: Leon Jamarie
Telephone: +27 (0)21 464 3281
Fax: +27 (0)21 461 9620
Cell: +27 (0)73 025 1887
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South African National Art Gallery (SANG), opposite the South African Museum on Government Avenue, Cape Town, West Cape