Location: South African National Gallery

Started: February 15, 2019

Ends: October 31, 2019

This exhibition at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) is a showcase of new acquisitions made by the museum.

The show, celebrating the gallery’s enduring commitment to championing the work of emerging and underrepresented artists, includes paintings, photography, video, drawings, prints and sculptures. We found it to be a balanced mixture of both beautiful fine art, full of details, artistic effort and interesting interpretations to African traditions and visuals, side-by-side to some thought provoking pieces that provides a brief pause to reflect about our habits and the perceptions of the current South African society that surrounds us.

Filling In The Gaps features important historical acquisitions – addressing both neglected histories and contemporary works by notable cutting-edge artists concerned with current issues, such as: Lerato Shadi; Sethembile Msezane; Mongezi Ncaphayi and Steven Cohen. Recently acquired for the collection after considerable effort, are works by Ephraim Ngatane and Peter Clarke, which all assist in building a national collection that is inclusive and more representative of the overlooked and marginalised artists of the past.


The underfunding of acquisitions at ISANG has long been a bone of contention. There is a sense of achievement engendered not only by a more generous acquisitions budget over the past two years, but also by the generosity of the Friends of the SANG and important private donors.

This exhibition, highlighting the gallery’s new acquisitions, will provide an opportunity to assess the institution’s transformation around collecting policies. As the gallery edges towards its 150th anniversary in 2022, it seeks and acquires new works to expand not just its holdings, but our understanding and appreciation of the culture of the South African experience, along with global perspectives of life from around the world.

Curated by Iziko curator, Andrea Lewis, Filling In The Gaps will be on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery from 16 February 2019.