Iziko Museums of South Africa operate 11 museums in Cape Town. The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections which reflect our diverse African heritage. Iziko’s natural history collections are housed at the Iziko South African Museum, comprising more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance.
This year, MTN New Contemporaries Award 2012 finalists comprised four collaborations. The group of artists has been working in collaborative units under the leadership of guest curator, lecturer and art historian, Portia Malatjie, to mount an exhibition of their work in the Iziko B-Block at the Castle of Good Hope.
Collaborating artists Unathi Sigenu and Khanyisile Mbongwa were announced as the winning team for the MTN New Contemporaries Award 2012 at a gala exhibition opening at the historic B Block, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, on 12 December 2012. The artists jointly received R80 000.00 and other prizes, such as a Samsung Galaxy S3 each.
An exhibition that uses the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus, as a means to explore the representation of species within museums of natural history entitled R-A-T: an associative ORDERING, the exhibition opens at the Iziko South African Museum, 8 December 2012.
In what has become an annual event on the calendars of both nature lovers and photographers, the most prestigious wildlife photography exhibition in the world is once again headed to South Africa this year.
A unique map of South Africa produced 222 years ago for King Louis XVI, and never before exhibited, will form the centre-piece of the exhibition, The King’s Map, Francois le Vaillant in Southern Africa: 1781 -1784. The exhibition, on show at the Iziko South African Museum until 26 May 2013, forms part of the prestigious ‘French Season’ - the multifaceted bilateral collaboration between France and South Africa.
A panel discussion entitled ‘Slavery, Human Trafficking and Migration’ will be hosted at the Iziko Slave Lodge on Monday 3 December 2012, in observance of the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (which falls on Sunday 2 December 2012).
The Bo-Kaap Sites Seminar at, Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, Wale Street, 20 November 2012
Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with Vidamemoria Heritage Consultants, will host a seminar: Debating Space, History and Heritage, the Bo-Kaap Sites on 20 November 2012. The event will take place in the Community Hall at the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, Wale Street at 09:00.
The finalists of the MTN New Contemporaries Award 2012 were announced today, 07 November 2012. The Award is a biennial competition managed by the MTN SA Foundation designed to identify and promote young artists who have not yet received critical acclaim, but who are positioned to be the next leaders in the contemporary art sector.
The Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art 2012 has been awarded to Mikhael Subotzky. Entitled Retinal Shift, the exhibition will centre on a four-channel film installation which has been produced specifically for the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. Further photographic, video and installation works will complete the exhibition. The exhibition presenting an entirely new body of work will open at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 29 November 2012.
The Permanent Collection of the Iziko South African National Gallery has grown in size and stature over a period of more than 140 years. The collection provides insight into the diversity of visual production from historical European to traditional and contemporary African and South African art, revealing shifts in emphasis over time.
Two years ago, the South African Post Office released a series of stamps featuring artworks executed in traditional African beadwork. The original beadwork pieces selected and the newly issued stamps can be seen in the exhibition entitled The 8th Definitive Series of Stamps: The luminous beauty of South African beadwork on Stamps at the Iziko South African National Gallery until 11 November 2012