The storerooms of the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) hold many fine treasures seldom on display because of the acute space constraints of the present building, which was first opened 83 years ago.
The Iziko Maritime Centre at the V&A Waterfront features an overview of shipping in Cape Town. While shipping may be all but obsolete in a modern era of air travel, the nostalgia of seafaring is tangible in this port city that had its colonial origins as a refreshment station for ships on their way to and from the East.
Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, reminded South Africans that September is Heritage Month; a month to celebrate our common heritage. On the occasion of the New Age breakfast held on 3 September 2013, he said that the theme for this year’s Heritage Month, ‘Reclaiming, Restoring and Celebrating our Living Heritage’ is, “a call to recognise the importance of our tangible heritage; our museums, commemorative sites and interpretation centres, in building an inclusive society”.
“The Difference Loom,” an exhibition exploring textiles and technology, is about our making and thinking, of textiles, art, technology and cultural values. We sense the body in textiles, but not in technology. We discern the analytical in technology, but not in weavings. This exhibition is about those perceptions/disconnections, explored in that area where textiles and technology intersect.
Against the Grain: sculptors from the Cape, showcases the works of five local wood sculptors: Isaac Makeleni, Ishmael Thyssen, Shepherd Mbanya, Timothy Mafenuka and Thami Kiti. For decades working with little acknowledgment and support, these artists have produced significant works that are skilful, imaginative, earnest and playful.
The Young Women's Empowerment event, with the theme "No Violence Against Young Women and Girls" will be hosted in collaboration between Iziko Museums of South Africa, CHUMA, GCIS (Government Communications & Information Systems), women in business and WritersHand Studios.
Iziko’s unique venues are the perfect backdrop to host your next event. On 16 and 17 May 2013, the Department of Science & Technology experienced African hospitality at its best, right here in the heart of Cape Town. In what turned out to be a showcase of the venues and logistics support available to venue hire clients, the DST held 11 events in 48 hours at the Iziko South African Museum.
Education is one of the cornerstones of what we do at Iziko, and our Education and Public Programmes department supports education and life-long learning for visitors of all ages. At Iziko Museums of South Africa, we salute the boldness of youth, and acknowledge their will to embrace change. In honour of their role in shaping our country’s history, and in order to inspire a new generation of courageous, confident, and capable youth, Iziko offers *FREE ENTRY to all on 16 June. So, whether you’re young or young at heart, come and enjoy the legacy of youth at our museums on Youth Day!
Iziko strives to find a balance between offering access to the widest possible audience to our museums and being able to sustain the Museum financially by means of charging entrance fees. We offer a diversified pricing strategy that allows free access at certain times to ensure that those who can least afford entrance fees are still able to visit our museums.
Chief Executive Officer of Iziko Museums of South Africa, Ms Rooksana Omar reviewed the Museum’s progressoverthe past financial year. The CEO looks at the highlights, challenges and aspirations of this museum that is being guided into a world in which, as the International Council of Museums (ICOM) vision states, “the significance of natural and cultural heritage is universally valued.” Recognised by many as a pioneer within the heritage sector,Omar says: “Our achievements in the past year clearly show that Iziko is a critical component of empowerment, development and democracy in South Africa.”
While it may seem like quite an imposing building, with its stark white façade, towering Greek pillars, and massive doors opening out onto the Company’s Gardens – the interior of the Iziko South African National Gallery is as warm and familiar as a Xhosa mud hut. Our friendly Gallery staff are waiting to welcome you to experience the beauty of our national heritage.
Visitors to Iziko Museums of South Africa always express themselves, either through the visitor comments books or via our social media platforms. Here are what some visitors had to say about their experiences at our museums.