Media and press releases – News

FREE entry at Iziko Museums on Youth Day!

  • Jun 10, 2011

Iziko Museums is commemorating Youth Day by offering *free entry for all on June 16th. Our 12 museums each have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections, reflective of our diverse African heritage. The different museums and varied exhibitions are sure to appeal to the cultural heritage of young and old this Youth Day.


Missing art work at Iziko South African National Gallery

  • Jun 1, 2011

On the morning of 26 May 2011 a small sculpture in welded bronze by South African artist Barend de Wet, which occupied a niche on the façade of the Iziko South African National Gallery, was found to be missing. 


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Tretchikoff: The people’s painter. Iziko South African National Gallery, 26 May – 25 September 2011

  • May 16, 2011

A retrospective exhibition of the artist, Vladimir Tretchikoff, will open to the public at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 26 May. While Tretchikoff is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most controversial artists, much maligned in the 1960s and onwards by several members of the established arts community, there can be no doubt that he has become a cultural icon and remains a favourite artist to many South Africans.


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Celebrate International Museum Day and Africa Day at Iziko Museums

  • May 13, 2011

Iziko Museums is celebrating International Museum Day by granting free* entry to all Iziko Museums (Excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium) and will host a diverse range of engaging, entertaining and educational activities. Across the globe, International Museum Day is traditionally celebrated on 18 May. However, in consideration of the local government elections, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) South Africa declared that International Museum Day will be celebrated in conjunction with Africa Day on 25 May 2011.


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Photographic Extravaganza: The Indian in Drum Magazine in the 1950s Ranjith Kally: through the lens

  • May 6, 2011

The Iziko South African National Gallery acknowledges and pays tribute to veteran South African photographers by hosting two photographic exhibitions The Indian in Drum Magazine in the 1950s and Ranjith Kally: Through the lens of Durban’s veteran photographer. Both exhibitions open on 11 May 2011 at 6pm.


RANDOM WORKS? A Selection from the Permanent Collection

  • Apr 28, 2011

Iziko South African National Gallery, on exhibition until 21 August 2011. The Permanent Collection of the Iziko South African National Gallery has grown substantially from an initial bequest of 45 paintings of European art, presented by Thomas Butterworth Bayley in 1871. Currently, the Permanent Collection comprises of over 9000 works, now focusing on South African art.


FREE* entry on Freedom Day at Iziko Museums

  • Apr 13, 2011

27 April 1994 was the day that the people of South Africa cast their votes in our first democratic elections - a heady day, filled with excitement, nervousness and spiralling queues. Iziko Museums is commemorating Freedom Day by offering free entry for all on 27 April 2011.


Unlimited free entry to 18 year olds and under and free entry for all on certain commemorative days

  • Mar 25, 2011

Iziko Museums operate 12 National 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.


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END GAME: Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art 2010 Michael MacGarry

  • Mar 18, 2011

Iziko South African National Gallery, 27 March - 15 May 2011 Several years ago, Michael MacGarry wrote: ‘My work investigates the ongoing ramifications of imperialism on the African continent, coupled with the analysis and parody of the socio-political and economic role of political elites within this context as well as the increasingly complicated dynamics attendant on the extraction of natural resources – particularly oil – in African nation-states post-independence’.


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Kopanang Universe Canticle - embroidered stories of evolution, Opening: 22 March 2011

  • Mar 17, 2011

The Iziko South African Museum offers all who come to explore it’s spaces, a better understanding of the constantly evolving universe as well as the biological and cultural diversity of our planet. The Kopanang Universe Canticle, will be exhibited at the Iziko South African Museum from 22 March until 22 May 2011. This unique body of work comprising over thirty two metres of exquisite, painstakingly hand embroidered panels, tell the story of evolution and creation as interpreted by the craftswomen of Kopanang.


Celebrate Human Rights Day with FREE access to Iziko Museums

  • Mar 14, 2011

Iziko Museums commemorates the significance of Human Rights Day, Monday, 21st March, by inviting the public to visit our museums for free (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Iziko Planetarium). Iziko Museums operate twelve national museums in Cape Town, comprising of the Social History, National History and Art Collections departments.


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Imagining Beauty – Imagining Ourselves A Weekend Dialogue

  • Feb 21, 2011

The Iziko South African National Gallery presents a dialogue event relating to the exhibition “Imagining Beauty: Body Adornment”, curated by Carol Kaufmann. Invited speakers range from international curators to local design personalities. The topics they address will revive old and new currencies pertaining to the imagined and actual notions of adornment and beauty.