A World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 project, the exhibition, Design & Making [the story of food]is a collaboration between the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) and Iziko’s Social History Collections department. This thought-provoking exhibition traces the evolution of design through food, with a particular focus on the vessels used for its storage, preservation, packaging and distribution. Historical vessels of African, European and Asian origin are shown alongside contemporary objects created by designer-makers from the Western Cape.
Host your luncheon, or design an exclusive dinner party – or even a wedding – at the Lady Anne Banqueting Hall at the Castle of Good Hope. The Lady Anne’s long table, with its seating for 101 guests, amidst exquisite artwork, lends itself perfectly to a grand reception. This historical location is the perfect venue while the chilly Cape compels us indoors. So, why not wow your guests with a unique and stately setting this winter?
Keeping children occupied for the next four weeks is a mammoth task. Avoid holiday headaches and start your expedition of exploration at the Iziko South African Museum. A visit to the exhibition, African Dinosaursis a must for all explorers, dinosaur hunters and future archaeologists. Come and experience these magnificent, larger-than-life creatures in person, and unearth the story of their rise and fall.
Iziko wishes all our Muslim colleagues, partners and their families a joyous and peaceful Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is set to start, following the sighting of the crescent moon, on 28 June 2014. Over this period, the sense of community created through charity is palpable in the historically Muslim community of the Bo-Kaap, at the foot of Lion’s Head. Explore a culture that has helped shape Cape Town for centuries, and get to know another facet to this beautiful city by visiting the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum on Wale Street.
The parking lot at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe off Hatfield Street has been revitalised with a striking piece of artwork – courtesy of local street artist, Falko. Signifying renewal and growth, his impression of a locust – also a symbol of human potential – now adorns the wall. This is the first of many “canvasses” around the Gallery that the artist has his sights on. We interviewed Falko to hear what he has to say about the street art scene in Cape Town, and the role of traditional art and art galleries in the 21st century.
Careers in scarce museum skills came into focus recently, when the Iziko South African National Gallery with the Centre for Curating the Archive at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, hosted a Conservation Week with 14 BA (Honours) in Curatorship students from UCT.The week was made possible with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
We are looking forward to a busy and fun winter school holiday programme that is sure to keep families entertained. If you’re still wondering how to keep the kids busy, why not come and spend the holidays at Iziko Museums of South Africa, and take advantage of our *half-price holiday discount.
To mark International Museum Week (12 – 18 May 2014), Iziko Museums of South Africa is set to become the first museum in Africa to exhibit one of SA’s greatest palaeo-finds. Professor Lee Berger, team leader of the Malapa Project of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University, will be handing over a standing replica of Australopithecus sediba - one of the most complete skeletons of early human relatives ever found.
“Riason Naidoo was employed by Iziko Museums of South Africa on a fixed term contract. From the outset, Riason was aware that his contract would expire at the end of April 2014. Iziko has no further comment. Iziko will continue in future to provide the same exceptional quality art exhibitions that the public have always enjoyed.” says Rooksana Omar, CEO Iziko.
Iziko Museums of South Africa will be closed on Workers’ Day 1 May, 2014 and on 7 May, 2014 for Election Day.
We believe our museums belong to all South Africans and that they must represent the memories, identities, culture and natural and social heritage of all South Africans and a new worldview. Thus, in the next five years, Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) aims to propel our museums into a new era, to ensure they serve the needs of future generations of South Africans. Iziko CEO, Ms Rooksana Omar, sheds light on the Museum’s strategic plan for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2019.
As the weather gets cooler, things are cooking at Iziko Museums of South Africa. Join us for a feast of commemorative day events and fun activities that will keep families and children entertained.