Face value

Malcolm Payne’s installation, Face value: old heads in modern masks, a visual, archaeological and historical reading of the Lydenburg Heads, impacts dramatically on the national art museum, highlighting – in a manner different from any of the exhibitions organized hitherto – aspects of changing parameters and value systems. This exhibition proclaims a territory where shifting definitions of art, the meaning of objects, the contexts of spaces and the politics of culture can be examined.

(from Marilyn Martin's foreword to the publication Face value: old heads in modern masks.).

Introduction by Malcolm Payne to the publication Face value: old heads in modern masks.

The Lydenburg Heads are part of UCT's collections on permanent loan to Iziko South African Museum.