South Africa: the art of a nation

The British Museum in London has been hosting an exhibition devoted to the art and history of South Africa since last autumn.

Through archaeological, historic and contemporary artworks, the exhibition traces the ancient history, the colonial period, apartheid, and the birth of the modern state to South Africa today.

Some 200 objects are organized into seven key episodes of the country’s history. Each section is illustrated with works by contemporary artists who offer a current perspective on South Africa’s past.

You can find out more about some of the objects on display on the British Museum website.

These objects include the golden rhinoceros, a symbol of the Mapungubwe Order, South Africa’s highest honor first presented to Nelson Mandela in 2002.

You can find the press release with further information about the exhibition here.


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  1. Vi ringrazio per il contributo costante che mi date per arricchire e aggiornare le mie lezioni.