27 April 1994 was the day that the people of South Africa cast their votes in our first democratic elections - a heady day, filled with excitement, nervousness and spiralling queues. Iziko Museums is commemorating Freedom Day by offering free entry for all on 27 April 2011.
Iziko Museums operate 12 National 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 South African National Gallery, 27 March - 15 May 2011 Several years ago, Michael MacGarry wrote: ‘My work investigates the ongoing ramifications of imperialism on the African continent, coupled with the analysis and parody of the socio-political and economic role of political elites within this context as well as the increasingly complicated dynamics attendant on the extraction of natural resources – particularly oil – in African nation-states post-independence’.
The Iziko South African Museum offers all who come to explore it’s spaces, a better understanding of the constantly evolving universe as well as the biological and cultural diversity of our planet. The Kopanang Universe Canticle, will be exhibited at the Iziko South African Museum from 22 March until 22 May 2011. This unique body of work comprising over thirty two metres of exquisite, painstakingly hand embroidered panels, tell the story of evolution and creation as interpreted by the craftswomen of Kopanang.
Iziko Museums commemorates the significance of Human Rights Day, Monday, 21st March, by inviting the public to visit our museums for free (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Iziko Planetarium). Iziko Museums operate twelve national museums in Cape Town, comprising of the Social History, National History and Art Collections departments.
The Iziko South African National Gallery presents a dialogue event relating to the exhibition “Imagining Beauty: Body Adornment”, curated by Carol Kaufmann. Invited speakers range from international curators to local design personalities. The topics they address will revive old and new currencies pertaining to the imagined and actual notions of adornment and beauty.
The Iziko South African National Gallery aims to be more relevant, representative and inclusive in the selection of its exhibitions, the works it acquires and the audiences it appeals to. Aligned to this vision, the Gallery is proud to host Ernest Cole, Photographer, from 25 February until 30 April 2011.
SALON/ is an Amsterdam based initiative that was first launched in July 2010 in the Netherlands. Following its success, ‘SALON/locale’ launches in Cape Town in February 2011.
Today’s ultimate design challenge is to create durable products and services that minimise adverse impacts on the environment, while making everyday life simpler and more pleasant. The design of our societies influences our development, and designers are the catalysts that make a sustainable future possible. The Eco Design Initiative is mobilising youth in the design of our sustainable future. Through this leading action initiative, Eco Design Ambassadors from South Africa and Sweden will participate in an interactive skills and culture exchange, namely the Fresh Talent Workshop and the Eco Design Showcase, to be hosted in Cape Town and the City of Malmö during 2011.
Be Inspired, Connected & Engaged – Celebrate summer with the annual Summer School programme at Iziko
Iziko Museums is proud to host its annual multi-faceted Summer School, comprising of a series of talks, workshops and excursions from 5 to 26 February 2011. The programme provides a public platform for individuals to express their opinions and recommendations about current issues. The objective of the programme is to inspire, connect and engage the public about our country’s rich and diverse heritage. The varied programme includes topics for all interest groups, such as art, sustainable fisheries, indigenous games and the history of slavery.
After a decade in deep storage, African textiles, beadwork and items of body adornment from the Iziko Permanent Art Collection have finally found a home in the refurbished former Library at the Iziko South African National Gallery. This move presents the opportunity to showcase some of the treasures in our collection, together with new work by young South African designers, inspired and motivated by the richness of their African heritage in an exciting modern way. Central to the exhibition is an installation of the winner and three nominees of the Mercedes-Benz South African Awards for Fashion, shown to critical acclaim in Berlin last year.
The Chairperson of Iziko Museums Council, Advocate Brenda Madumise, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Rooksana Omar as the new Chief Executive Officer of Iziko Museums.