Between Dreams and Realities - A History of the South African National Gallery, 1871-2017 by Marilyn Martin
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WRITTEN BY MARILYN MARTIN, a former director of the South African National Gallery, Between Dreams and Realities  is based on extensive research and experience. This book revisits important exhibitions, events and forgotten controversies; it highlights the achievements of directors, who often faced political agendas and strained relationships within and outside the institution.


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FOR THE FIRST TIME within the South African art historical discipline we have here an all-encompassing text by a respected art- and architectural historian who has the courage to boldly tackle and address key and controversial issues pertaining to art-political minefields and the frequent lack of support by theState, past and present, regarding the arts in this country. EUNICE BASSON

AS CHRONICLED here, SANG’s history is told as one of a triumph over adversity, and I agree with Martin that given the museum’s precarious status at present, the book provides a convincing argument for its crucial importance as a cultural institution. By charting its history, Martin concludes with her hope that it provides a road map for its future as well. PAMELA ALLARA

about the author - Marilyn Martin

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After eleven years as director of the South African National Gallery, Marilyn Martin was appointed director of art collections for Iziko Museums in 2001. She retired in 2008 and has since worked as an independent writer, curator and lecturer. She is an Honorary Research Associate at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. In 2002 Martin was admitted to the Legion of Honour of the Republic of France at the rank of Officer and in 2013 she received the medal of the Fondation Alliance Française in Paris.