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Iziko Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House

Self Portrait leaning on a stone sill

Rembrandt van Rijn
Self Portrait leaning on a stone sill, Etching ,

SEE LISTING Melodious Journey through cosmos

Fikile Magadlela
Melodious Journey through cosmos, Chalk and Charcoal on Paper , 98 x 150 cm
Donation: Dianne Johnstone Photo: Anthea Pokroy

SEE LISTING Landscape, Ponte City

Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse
Landscape, Ponte City, C-Print on dibond ,


Old Town House, Greenmarket Square, Burg Street, 8000

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Rembrandt van Rijn at Iziko Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House

For almost two centuries after his death, the reputation of one of the world’s most revered artists of the Dutch Golden Age, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) was not rated very highly at all. His ‘rediscovery’ had to wait until the mid-19th century. Today he is possibly the most sought-after and celebrated ‘Old Master’ of all.

Although South African public collections have no paintings attributable to Rembrandt, there are some fine collections of his etchings. This exhibition draws on the major institutional collections within South Africa, including the Michaelis Collection (Cape Town), the Iziko SA National Gallery (Cape Town), the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum (Port Elizabeth), the Rupert Art Foundation, the Rembrandt van Rijn Art Foundation (Stellenbosch) and UCT. The impressive collection of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, presented by Howard Pim, has previously never been shown in Cape Town before.

03 October 2014 - 28 March 2015

Various Artists at Iziko Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House

For the last five years, the Ifa Lethu Foundation has been instrumental in repatriating South African art that was produced during the apartheid years but which found its way overseas due to the fact that there was no market for the work of black South African artists in the country at the time.

The exhibition 'Home and Away: A Return To The South' explores this previously lost artistic heritage with a selection of works from the Ifa Lethu collection alongside the Art Against Apartheid collection, currently under the curatorship of the Mayibuye Robben Island archive at UWC. Curated by Carol Brown (former director of the Durban Art Gallery and now an independent curator) the show examines the similarities and differences between works produced by South African artists experiencing the oppression of apartheid and those from beyond our shores who created works in support of the struggle. Although produced from different perspectives, the two collections are united in their focus on human rights.

15 October 2010 - 30 January 2011

Various Artists at Iziko Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House

Landscape is both the oldest and most popular genre in this country. Landscape painting and drawing commemorated the first contacts of European explorers at the Cape, and it is still widely practised throughout the country to this day. In this long history, the representation of landscape has taken many forms, not just because the physical geography of South Africa is so varied, but because different groups, and different individual artists, at different times, have wanted to communicate different things about their natural environment.

This exhibition is arranged in five sections to cover some of this wide range of purpose in landscape representation: from statements of awe in the face of a new landscape; to records of various methods of exploiting the landscape; to commemorations of struggles over possession of the landscape; to expressions of poetic or patriotic feelings through the medium of landscape; and to recent questionings of the very means of representing landscape.

10 June 2010 - 11 September 2010