About this Museum

South Africa's premier art museum houses outstanding collections of art that span centuries. The National Gallery's programme includes regular exhibitions of works from the permanent collection, as well as temporary visiting exhibitions. Did you know that joining the Friends of the Iziko South African National Gallery gives you free access to the museum throughout the year?

*Please note: This site is open to the public from 6pm


What’s on Show

Assessing Abstraction

Not the Usual Suspects

Filling the Gaps

Hidden Treasures



Secondary Programme

Various Rooms

6PM + 7.30PM + 9.30PM
UmHa: I am here to report a crime - A performance directed by Chuma Sopotela, the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist for Performance Art.

The performative intervention in the Gallery will explore movement, sound and ritual, and draws from elements of drama therapy, African spiritual healing and contemporary literatures dealing with these issues to focus on trauma and healing amongst women. Ultimately, the work is about beauty and triumph.

Director: Chuma Asanda Sopotela
Performers: Chuma Sopotela, Asanda Rilityana, Zanele Siko, Lusanda Dymani
Costume: Chuma Mtshixa
Stage Manager: Siphosethu Dyonase

Room 5

The Unspeakable Story performed by Monique Pelser

A featured artist in the Not the Usual Suspects exhibition, Pelser performs an unspeakable story which investigates power at the site of her installation I Can’t Breath.


6.00PM – 8.00PM
Pop-up photo studio

Dress up and present yourself for a studio portrait by artist Lauren Theunissen with the assistance of Shanice da Silva. Small prints will be given at cost price to ensure you can take this moment home to remember.


6.00PM – 9.45PM
DJ Cross Colours (Vinyl Digz)


6.00PM – 9.00PM
Public drawing session - Materials will be provided