16 March-8 July 2012. This exhibition, entitled Iqholo le Afrika (Her African Pride), pays tribute to the South African artist and author Barbara Tyrell on occasion of the centenary from her birth. Tyrell is known internationally for her detailed costume studies of the traditional dresses of the indigenous populations of southern Africa, such as the Zulu.
On display is a selection of over 150 of Tyrell’s highly decorative and accurate portraits and visual recordings of South African costumes, such as beadworks, fertility figures, regalia and gala dresses. Tyrell’s work is an historical heritage of great value, as testified by her over 1.200 field-sketches, which are probably the only authentic records left of these populations.
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Tribute to Barbara Tyrell
South African National Gallery. Government Avenue, Gardens, Cape Town, tel. +27 (0)21 481 3852.