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The enactment of the Land Act in 1913 was one of the most significant events in South African history, affecting thousands of rural communities and the lives of millions of South Africans. To mark its centenary, the photographic exhibition Umhlaba (from the Nguni languagesmeaning land) will be hosted in Cape Town at the Iziko South African National Gallery. The exhibition is curated by David Goldblatt, Paul Weinberg, Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloaand Pam Warne.
A belated – yet significant – step has been taken to acknowledge Oliver Tambo’s pivotal contribution to the freedom struggle in South Africa. Twenty years after his death, a world class exhibition will be hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa. Imbued with historical resonance, this seminal tribute to Tambo, or “OR”, as he was lovingly known, will be launched on the eve of Human Rights Day, or Sharpeville Day as this day was previously known.
Iziko Museums of South Africa is commemorating Human Rights Day by offering *free entry for all (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium)on 21 March 2013. Join Iziko and the Cape Town Festival in the Amphitheatre at the Iziko South African Museum, from 11:00 for performances by Rebirth, Alen the Singing Car Guard, Gugulethu Tenors, Chad Saaiman, and many more.
Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) is the custodian of our country’s heritage. Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and three collection-specific libraries in Cape Town. After benchmarking with museums of similar size, Iziko has revised its admission fee structure for the first time since 2010. The new admission fee adjustments will be implemented as of 1 April 2013.
It is with great excitement that Iziko Museums of South Africa announces a new exhibition at the Slave Lodge. The isiShweshwe Story: Material Women? is thefirst in-depth exhibition conceived and created about isishweshwe. This fabric is used today by many women – and men – in southern Africa as traditional, daily and fashion wear.
Words of Slaves: Places of Memory,summarises some 400 years of Atlantic Slave Trade history. The exhibition, presented in South Africa for the first time at the Iziko Slave Lodge, is a collaborative project by Iziko Museums of South Africa, French photographer, Philippe Monges, and the association, The Shackles of Memory (Les Anneaux de la Mémoire), based in Nantes in France.
Iziko Museums of South Africa presents Siemon Allen’s Labels, a large architectural installation that will be on display at the Iziko Slave Lodge from January to December 2013. SiemondescribesLabels as, “a historical record, a chronological discography of select labels” from his archive and “as a kind of visual memorial to South Africa’s rich musical past.” Exhibited in the museum’s Music Room, the work features 5,000 photographs of record labels inserted into a suspended clear plastic curtain.
On 2 – 23 February, 2013, Iziko Museums of South Africa is proud to host its annual multi-faceted Summer School programme, which includes series of public engagements, hands-on activities, film screenings and walkabouts.
Iziko Museums of South Africa operate 11 museums in Cape Town. The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections which reflect our diverse African heritage. Iziko’s natural history collections are housed at the Iziko South African Museum, comprising more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance.
This year, MTN New Contemporaries Award 2012 finalists comprised four collaborations. The group of artists has been working in collaborative units under the leadership of guest curator, lecturer and art historian, Portia Malatjie, to mount an exhibition of their work in the Iziko B-Block at the Castle of Good Hope.
Collaborating artists Unathi Sigenu and Khanyisile Mbongwa were announced as the winning team for the MTN New Contemporaries Award 2012 at a gala exhibition opening at the historic B Block, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, on 12 December 2012. The artists jointly received R80 000.00 and other prizes, such as a Samsung Galaxy S3 each.
An exhibition that uses the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus, as a means to explore the representation of species within museums of natural history entitled R-A-T: an associative ORDERING, the exhibition opens at the Iziko South African Museum, 8 December 2012.