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Remembering Bisi Silva

  • Feb 14, 2019

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of Olabisi Silva, known affectionately by most as ‘Bisi’.

Founder and Artistic Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Lagos, Nigeria, Silva dedicated her life to the development of art on the continent, and worked within her own terms, art’s terms, and Africa’s terms when it came to sustaining this growth.


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International Mother Tongue Day 2019

  • Feb 8, 2019

Iziko Museums of South Africa will celebrate International Mother Tongue Day, on Saturday, 23 February 2019. A public discussion on the importance of revitalising indigenous languages, especially through language activism, will take place at the Iziko South African Museum from 10h00 until 13h00. In light of 2019 as the Year of Indigenous Languages, this discussion aims to draw attention to the critical loss of indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve, revitalise and promote them. 


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Filling in the Gaps: A showcase of new acquisitions

  • Feb 6, 2019

Iziko Museums of South Africa will open a new exhibition titled Filling in the Gaps at the Iziko South African National Gallery. An important response to 2019’s ‘tenor of the times’, the exhibition will foreground recent acquisitions. Filling in the Gaps promises to be a showcase of remarkable diversity, and points to the continued relevance of the institution as a national platform of excellence in the visual arts.


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“Antarctic King”: iguana-sized dinosaur cousin discovery

  • Jan 31, 2019

Antarctica wasn’t always a frozen wasteland – some 250 million years ago, it was covered in forests and rivers, and the temperature rarely dipped below freezing. Antarctica was also home to diverse wildlife, including early relatives of the dinosaurs – and scientists, including Iziko Museums of South Africa’s Prof Roger Smith, have just discovered the newest member of that family – an iguana-sized reptile whose name means “Antarctic King”.


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Celebrate Summer: Visit an Iziko Museum this season and #BeatTheHeat!

  • Jan 31, 2019

We’re nearing the end of January 2019 already, and if you’ve been looking for an ideal family outing that is easy on the wallet – especially at this time of year – look no further! Iziko Museums of South Africa is inviting you to step indoors and #BeatTheHeat – discover, encounter, explore… Art, nature, people and more!


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Unshackled History:  The Wreck of the Slave Ship, São José, 1794

  • Dec 13, 2018

Unshackled History: The Wreck of the Slave Ship, São José, 1794 opens at the Iziko Slave Lodge on Wednesday, 12 December 2018. The São Joséwas sailing from Mozambique with a cargo of more than 400 enslaved persons when she encountered rough seas near Clifton (“under Lion’s Head) atnight.


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H2O Today

  • Nov 23, 2018

Water is the most vital resource for life on Earth; no living thing exists without it.  Iziko Museums of South Africa will open a new exhibition, H2O Today, at the Iziko South African Museum on the 29th November 2018. The exhibition, organised by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service (SITES), examines the diversity and challenges of water sources worldwide and promotes conversation, creativity and innovation through art, science and technology.


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Still Life and Life Drawings: A Moment Captured or Preserved?

  • Nov 17, 2018

Iziko Museums of South Africa will host a group exhibition titled STILL LIFE and LIFE DRAWINGS, A Moment Captured or Preserved? The exhibition opens on 23 November and runs until 7 December 2018. The show is on view to the public on Mondays to Fridays from 09:00 until 16:30, at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe.


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Not the Usual Suspects on show

  • Oct 26, 2018

Not the Usual Suspects, a survey of the Market Photo Workshop (MPW), recently opened at the Iziko South African National Gallery, and runs until 21 April 2019. The exhibition, a tribute to the Market Photo Workshop showcases more than 100 artworks by more than thirty artists.  Curated by Iziko Curator and MPW graduate, Ingrid Masondo, this collaborative project brings together the histories and archives of the MPW in dialogue with the private archives and memories of “alumni”.


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Under Cover of Darkness: Women in servitude in the Cape colony

  • Sep 21, 2018

‘Under Cover of Darkness’, an exhibition, in partnership with the Centre for Curating the Archive at the University of Cape Town, opened at the Iziko Slave Lodge on 25 September 2018.  Curated by Carine Zaayman and produced by Josie Grindrod,the exhibition brings to light the many untold stories of women forced into slavery and oppressive labour under colonialism.


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FESTIVAL of Heritage at Iziko Museums of South Africa

  • Sep 7, 2018

Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko), in partnership with the HCI Foundation will host the annual in_herit FESTIVAL – a dynamic cultural programme, from the 24 until the 30 of September 2018. The week-long celebration will comprise of a series of walkabouts, guided tours, an exhibition opening, events, and Museum Night V&A. 


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ICA at Iziko Museums of South Africa

  • Sep 3, 2018

Iziko Museums of South Africa will host several ICA Live Art festival 2018 events, on the 6th, 7th and 12th September 2018. The partnership with the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) will create opportunities of exploration to the museums. This interdisciplinary festival is designed to challenge and extend the public’s experience of live art in a non-commercial environment and render the work of visual and performing artists more accessible.