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Begun as a small collection of 45 paintings in 1871, the Iziko South African National Gallery originally showcased work by early 20th-century British artists. Beginning in the 1980s, however, the increasing emergence of impressive and significant art from South African artists caused the museum to begin to shift its acquisition policies. This lead in 1990 to a complete redefinition of the institution's purpose, which now celebrates vital examples of artistic expression from all over the African continent as well as European art, with a particular focus on the Southern African regions. Featuring such genres as painting, photography, textiles, sculpture, and bead-work, the National Gallery represents the pinnacle of indigenous artistic achievement.
The Bronze Age brings stunning sculptures and statutes in bronze to the neighborhood of Woodstock. The foundry utilizes various techniques of bronze casting like the use of sand or lost wax. Several artists and sculptors make use of their services. They also have their own team of artists and sculptors that work on commission and often collaborate with other artists. The gallery serves as a place to showcase the work of up-and-coming artists while the studio sells smaller practical pieces as furniture or decorations like bowls, tables and carved skulls.
Originally a tiny gallery in Cape Town’s City Centre, the WhatiftheWorld Gallery has since moved to bigger premises in what is becoming the rising creative neighborhood of Woodstock. Selected in 2007 by Contemporary Magazine in London as one of the Top 50 Emerging Galleries from Around the World, the gallery has become a hot platform of emerging contemporary South African artists. As a big supporter of local talent the gallery has launched the careers of several young artists and hosts regular critically-acclaimed solo and group exhibitions. It is one of the hottest galleries on the Cape Town arts scene and ideal for scouting out the local scene.