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South Africa Highlights

  South African art has always taken on the unique flavour of the country. From the 4 000-year-old cave paintings of the San Bushmen – the richest collection of rock art in Africa – to the homegrown conceptual art movement that sprang up as apartheid came to an end in the 1990s and the most recent contemporary museum in Cape Town, ZEITZ MOCAA. South Africa’s history of art is closely tied to the political landscape, and most times reflects that landscape.


  South Africa boasts a number of homegrown exports who have gone on to create remarkable bodies of work as well as contributing to the global art discourse. Among these are William Kentridge, Zanele Muholi, Kemang Wa Lehulere, David Goldblatt, Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi and Mary Sibande. We’re also very proud of icons such as Esther Mahlangu, a painter of large-scale works with references to the Ndebele heritage, who has exhibited and collaborated with international artists including Yoko Ono.

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Esther Mahlangu’s Ndebele artwork

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