From an initial bequest of 45 paintings presented by Thomas Butterworth Bayley in 1871, the collection has grown to one of international stature, encompassing substantial holdings of South African, African and Western European art. The richness of the foreign collection is almost entirely due to the munificence of the early patrons of the gallery. In recent decades, priority has been given to contemporary South African art and to African artistic expression more generally. The permanent collection now includes beadwork, indigenous sculpture and repatriated artefacts. The museum also hosts regular temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, new media, sculpture, beadwork and textiles.

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Address Government Avenue, 1
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South African National Gallery

Government Avenue, 1