n De Arte - House of the rising sun : collections update




South Africa House was opened in 1933, the year that Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany. It literally rose from the ashes: built over four years on the site of a torched hotel, the Sir Herbert Baker-designed building was the insecure South African state's signal that it considered itself not just a colonial outpost, but an international player in world affairs. The motto 'Eendracht maak magt' still stands sentinel on the ceiling above the entrance.


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