South Africa: the art of a nation

South Africa: the art of a nation

27 October 2016 - 26 February 2017
Room 35
£12.00, Members/under 16s free

From some of the earliest examples of human creativity to cutting-edge contemporary works, discover the fascinating history of South Africa through art.

In this exhibition a diverse range of art from across the ages tells a story that stretches back 100,000 years. From rock art made by the country’s earliest peoples to works by South African artists at the forefront of contemporary art, the exhibition features beautiful and important objects, which illustrate South Africa’s rich history.

Come on a journey from the very beginnings of artistic thought, through some of the earliest sculpture in southern Africa to colonial art from the 17th century onwards. See magnificent examples of 19th-century South African art, highly charged 20th-century works that responded to segregation and apartheid, and pieces that showcase the post-apartheid transformation of the nation since 1990.

The exhibition features a selection of significant objects, including some of the world’s oldest art objects and striking contemporary pieces responding to the country’s recent past. See the history of a nation from a new perspective and celebrate the artistic accomplishments of the many peoples that have contributed to the story of South Africa. 


The American Dream: pop to the present

The American Dream: pop to the present

9 March - 18 June 2017
Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery
£16.50, Members/under 16s free
#AmericanDream

America. Land of the free. Home of the brave.

Trace the creative momentum of a superpower in this major new exhibition.


The past six decades have been among the most dynamic and turbulent in US history, from JFK’s assassination, Apollo 11 and Vietnam to the AIDS crisis, racism and gender politics. Responding to the changing times, American artists produced prints unprecedented in their scale and ambition.

Starting with the explosion of pop art in the 1960s, the exhibition includes works by the most celebrated American artists. From Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg to Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker and Julie Mehretu – all boldly experimented with printmaking. Experience this extraordinary history through their eyes.

Taking inspiration from the world around them – billboard advertising, global politics, Hollywood and household objects – American artists created highly original prints to rival their paintings and sculptures. Printmaking brought their work to a much wider and more diverse audience.

The sheer inventiveness and technical ingenuity of their prints reflects America’s power and influence during this period. Many of these works also address the deep divisions in society that continue to resonate with us today – there are as many American dreams as there are Americans.

This exhibition presents the Museum’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary American prints for the first time. These will be shown with important works from museums and private collections around the world.

Sponsored by Morgan Stanley

Supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art 


South Africa: the art of a nation - Friday dinner package

South Africa: the art of a nation - Friday dinner package

Available 2 January – 26 February 2017 (Fridays only)
British Museum Great Court Restaurant

Enhance your exhibition experience with a special South Africa-inspired set menu in the Great Court Restaurant.

18.00 exhibition entry and then 2-course dinner - £30
18.00 exhibition entry and then 3-course dinner - £33
Afternoon tea followed by 18.00 exhibition entry - £25
Subject to availability.

When booking your package, please contact the restaurant directly to confirm your preferred reservation time:
+44 (0)20 7323 8990
BMrestaurant@benugo.com

Sponsored by Betsy and Jack Ryan
Logistics partner IAG Cargo 


South Africa: the art of a nation - Restaurant lunch package

South Africa: the art of a nation - Restaurant lunch package

Available from 2 January 2017
British Museum Great Court Restaurant

Enhance your exhibition experience with a special South Africa-inspired set menu in the Great Court Restaurant.

Save when you book an exhibition ticket and meal together with our special packages. Choose from two or three courses from the South African menu, or afternoon tea.

2-course lunch and then 14.00 exhibition entry - £30
3-course lunch and then 14.00 exhibition entry - £33
14.00 exhibition entry, followed by afternoon tea - £25

Subject to availability.

When booking your package, please contact the restaurant directly to confirm your preferred reservation time:
+44 (0)20 7323 8990
BMrestaurant@benugo.com

Sponsored by Betsy and Jack Ryan
Logistics partner IAG Cargo 


South Africa: the art of a nation - Afternoon tea package

South Africa: the art of a nation - Afternoon tea package

Available until 26 February 2017
British Museum Great Court Restaurant

Enjoy an afternoon tea before or after your visit to South Africa: the art of a nation.

Afternoon tea with exhibition entry at 14.00 (every day) or 18.00 (Fridays only) - £25.
Subject to availability.
When booking your package, please contact the restaurant directly to confirm your preferred reservation time:
+44 (0)20 7323 8990
BMrestaurant@benugo.com

Sponsored by Betsy and Jack Ryan
Logistics partner IAG Cargo