Cape Town, Wednesday 26th September 2012
The Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) has never looked like this before - and will not again.
The head-turning change is the work of Antony Ward and is part of Rendez-vous 12, an exhibition of international contemporary art.
The public have less than a month to see the exhibition, a collaboration between ISANG and the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, the Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes and the École nationale supérieure des beaux‑arts de Lyon in France. It is presented in association with the Lyon Biennale.
Iziko Museums has 11 museums which range across the disciplinary divides of social history, art and natural history. They are dotted around the City Centre, the Waterfront, and in Constantia. Iziko’s earliest component museum, the South African Museum, dating to the first half of the 19thcentury, was the first museum to be established in South Africa. Its most recently-established museum is the Maritime Museum (1990). Also included in Iziko is Koopmans-De Wet House, established in 1914 as South Africa’s first house museum.
Advocate Brenda Madumise, Chairman, Iziko Museums Council, announced today that Paul Mashatile, Minister of Arts and Culture, has approved the renaming of Iziko Museums of Cape Town, to Iziko Museums of South Africa. The notice of this change was published in the Government Gazette on the 14th of September 2012.
The Golden Acre is one of the few places in urban South Africa where the past so publicly meets the present in the form of the Wagenaar’s Reservoir display (Figure 1). Construction began on 6th August 1663 on the orders of Zacharias Wagenaar, the 2nd Governor of the Cape (1662-1666) to supply European ships with fresh water.
‘See things differently’, gain fresh perspectives and celebrate our diverse cultural heritage. Iziko Museums has partnered with the City of Cape Town, Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA); St George’s Cathedral’s Crypt Memory and Witness Centre; Creative Cape Town and the Company’s Garden to host the in_herit Festival. An exciting and entertaining heritage week programme, of art, food, and fun – a platform to celebrate, question, think and create.
The Iziko Art Collections Department holds in trust a collection of historical, modern and contemporary works of art that is both South African and international in origin. This diverse collection consists of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, conceptual art, new-media works and the material culture of Southern Africa.
The Annex Residency Programme, a new initiative working in partnership with Iziko Museums’ Education & Public Programmes and Art Collections departments, as well as international funding bodies, is pleased to invite you to a public presentation by artist in residence, Emilio Moreno (Spain, 1980). On Saturday, 1 September, 2012 at 14.00 at the South African National Gallery, Emilio Moreno will present elements of his artistic practice and the research produced during his stay in South Africa (from July-August, 2012).
Ernest Mancoba, painter and sculptor, was born in South Africa in 1904 and died in Paris in 2002. He left for Paris in 1938 and returned for the first time 56 years later in 1994. Although he spent 64 years living outside of South Africa, he drew deeply on South African visual arts and heritage as references in his work.
Art doesn’t happened in isolation. It seems obvious but it bears repeating. The Annex Residency Programme is therefore focused on forming unlikely connections between places, people and approaches through artistic practice. Working closely with Iziko Museum Education & Public Programming and Art Collections, as well as international funding bodies, the Annex Residency Programme invites young artists from both international and South African locales to Cape Town for a period of six weeks. During this time, resident guests may conduct a creative research with the programme’s curator, Clare Butcher, and a growing community of collaborators.
“Our museums must be transformed to become centres of heritage and expertise which respect all peoples and cultures. No museum must have a collection or material that depicts any section of the South African population as colonial objects, more so the indigenous people.
‘Uncontained: opening the Community Arts Project archive’ runs at the Iziko South African National Gallery from 16 August – 30 September 2012. The exhibition is curated by the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) at UWC, a major research platform dedicated to the reconstitution of the study of the humanities in Africa.
Iziko Museums has a jam-packed programme for national Women’s Day and promises visitors a contemplative and reflective experience. The day long programme includes the screening of documentaries celebrating the achievements of women and also highlighting some of their struggles and challenges.