Until 26 Feb 2017
‘thoughtful and illuminating... a journey to the heart of our common humanity.’
Discover the history of South Africa through an incredible 100,000 years of art.
Your journey starts with some of the earliest examples of human creativity – from rock art to perhaps the world’s oldest necklace. From there, be amazed by 800-year-old gold treasures from the kingdom of Mapungubwe, be moved by powerful anti-apartheid pieces, and be inspired by cutting-edge contemporary works.
See the history of a nation from a new perspective and celebrate the diverse art created by the many people who have helped shape South Africa’s story.
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Thursday, 3 November 2016
British Museum - What's on in November
South Africa: the art of a nation is now open and has had stunning reviews. It tells the story of this fascinating country through works of art spanning an incredible 100,000 years.
It’s your last chance to see spectacular underwater finds in the BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds. Make sure you book your tickets to see it before it closes on Sun 27 Nov.
We’ve also just announced a very exciting new addition for 2017. Opening in March, The American Dream: pop to the present will be the Museum’s first major exhibition of modern and contemporary art. Genre-defining works by Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha will sit alongside contemporary prints by Kara Walker and Willie Cole. Book your tickets now.