1012 THE IZIKO SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY: REFLECTIONS ON ITS HISTORY
Anna Tietze, art historian, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town
What kinds of objects should a national gallery collect, and how should it understand its relationship to the nation? These are two issues that have confronted the Iziko South African National Gallery (SANG) since its establishment. The first issue raises the question of what counts as ‘art’ and what as ‘good’ art. The second issue raises the question of what is implied by the word ‘national’ in a national art collection. This two-lecture course will consider the ways in which, over its long history, the Iziko SANG has addressed these enduring questions.
1. Selecting ‘art’ for a national art gallery: a historical perspective on the Iziko SANG
2. Searching for nation in the national art gallery: the case of Iziko SANG
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