Spring has finally sprung in the Cape, and as we slowly move into summer, why not host your end of year cocktail party or evening gala function under the stars at the beautiful courtyard at the historic Iziko Slave Lodge Museum, on the corner of Adderley and Wale Streets.
Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting Patterns of Contact: Designs from the Indian Ocean World, with treasures drawn from Iziko’s permanent collections, as well as magnificent works from the collections of Groote Schuur and the South African Parliament. This exhibition reveals the links between our history, visual culture, art and design with the Indian Ocean territories’, and a remarkable 14th century Chinese map puts world history sharply in focus.
As part of the Show Rembrandt your Worldcampaign, a replicated self-portrait of renowned 17th-century Dutch artist, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1696) has arrived at Iziko Museums of South Africa. You’re invited to snap and post your selfie with the Rembrandt ‘selfie’ on the Iziko Facebook page using the hashtag ‘#myRembrandt’. On view at the Iziko Old Town House from 2 October 2014.
As part of Iziko’s commemoration of national Women’s Day 2014, and on the 60th anniversary of the Women’s Charter, an inter-generational get-together was held at the Iziko Old Town House on 9 August. Amid the storytelling, singing and dancing, women of all ages were offered a space to reflect on the history of women’s activism during apartheid and today. CATHSSETA Intern, Ondela Manjezi, based at the Iziko Education and Public Programmes department (EPP) reports on this moving occasion.
A little bit out of the ordinary is how museum careers could be described. But far from being places where dull and dusty old curators, researchers, educators, scientists, librarians and collections managers are kept hidden behind-the-scenes, museums and the staff they employ are both evolving – fast!
Heritage Day, celebrated on 24 September, is the day South Africans from all walks of life fluff out our cultural tail feathers. More than just a good day for a braai, it is a day to marvel at the beauty of this city, the diversity of our people and our cultural heritage. Whether you’re from London, Langa, Lansdowne, ‘Lavis or Llandudno, Iziko Museums of South Africa invites you and your community to connect with family and friends for a fun-filled week of FREE entertainment, exploration and education at our museums. Download the Iziko Heritage Day Programme.
Whether you’re from Langa, Lansdowne, Lavis or Llandudno, Iziko Museums of South Africa are inviting all communities to connect with family and friends for a fun-filled week of free entertainment and education at our museumsthis Heritage Week, from 22—28 September 2014*. Join us in celebrating our living legacy at the in_herit festival– a multifaceted programmeof guided tours, film screenings, interactive activities, displays and much more. (*Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope free on 24 September only).
Meet the woman after whom Iziko Bertram House was named. On display at the Bertram House Museum, Letters from Ann follows the ‘discovery’ of a series of fictional letters that chronicle a year of Ann Bertram Barker’s life. Nearly two centuries after her death, the exhibition establishes a connection between the museum and its namesake.
Tinnda Tin DÊ DÊ is a collaborative, site responsive exhibition by contemporary artists, Bernardo Ramalho and Jarbas Lopesfrom the Brazilian Gallery, A Gentil Carioca. On display at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe, the exhibition features a diverse collection of drawings, volumes and installations created from a range of materials.
The Iziko South African National Gallery in Government Avenue, Company’s Garden, will be closed due to maintenance by the City of Cape Town on Sunday, 31 August 2014.
Operations will return to normal on Monday, 1 September. We look forward to welcoming our visitors then.
Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting World Design Capital 2014 exhibition,Patterns of Contact: Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean World. On display at the Iziko South African National Gallery, the exhibition highlights over 1 000 years of visual art and East Asian influence. A rare selection of works, including a replica of a 14th century Chinese world map, on loan from the Parliament of South Africa, will be publicly displayed for the first time.
In celebration of Women’s Month, the exhibition Corsets & Couture opens at the Iziko Koopmans-de Wet House Museum today. A visual feast, the exhibition highlights the changes in women’s fashion over a century. It contrasts a typical 19th century outfit with couture garments from the 20th century. These couture garments, on display for the first time, were designed by South African couturier Chris Levin, and generously donated to Iziko Museums of South Africa by art doyen, Mark Coetzee.