A History of The Iziko South African National Gallery: Reflections on Art and National Identity Anna Tietze UCT Press The first directors, John Wheatley and Edward Roworth, were chairs of fine art at Michaelis and honorary directors of the gallery. In the early years, the gallery was an extension of the art school and dependent on generous gifts including the Lady Michaelis gifts, the Alfred de Pass collection and the Abe Bailey bequest. After the Second World War, the gallery appointed its first professional director, John Paris. He was an art historian with experience in art museums and took an internationalist position, building bonds across national boundaries and positioning the institution as a scholarly centre of research within a largely European tradition. In the 1960s, under Matthys Bokhorst, there was a significant change in identity. Despite SA’s international isolation, funding increased enormously from the government, the Rembrandt Van Rijn Art Foundation and the estab...

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