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Founded by Iziko Museums of South Africa and The Thursdays, Museum Night 2016 is set for 10 March this year. Explore the museums of central Cape Town in a new light, after dark. This after-hours cultural experience is free of charge and open to the public. Walk between museums in and around the city centre, and enjoy a supporting programme of music and performances until late.
Officially named in 1790, Strand Street was always the widest of the old streets, and became one of the most fashionable streets in Cape Town. It would remain a favourite residential area for prosperous burghers until the mid-19th century. Today, located on this prime Strand Street address, and oblivious to the skyscrapers surrounding it and the constant bustle of traffic, is the Iziko Koopmans-de Wet House Museum.
Studio: Celebrating the Lives and Works of South African Artistsis on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG). Hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa, in association with Sanlam Art Collections, this ground-breaking exhibition features the work of over 100 South African artists in an ambitious and multi-layered showcase of South African history through art.
Beat the heat and dive into our heritage at Iziko Museums of South Africa. Find a cool place to explore art, history, people and more at any one of our 11 national museums in Cape Town.
Iziko Museums of South Africa will be represented by the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) at the Cape Town Art Fair, which runs at the CTICC from 19-21 February 2016. Meet the curators and experience a ‘taster’ of the exhibition Studio: Celebrating the Lives and Work of South African Artists, currently on show at the ISANG. Studio is a ground-breaking exhibition featuring the work of over 100 South African artists in a pioneering, multi-layered showcase of South African history through art.
Meet Ofentse Letebele – Multimedia Designer at the Planetarium, located at the Iziko South African Museum.
Meet Baheya Hardy – Librarian at the Social History Library, found in the Social History Centre on Church Square in the CBD.
Meet Dr Thalassa Matthews – Post-doctoral Researcher, Cenozoic Collections, Natural History Department.
A photographic exhibition entitled, The Price of Gold is on display at the Iziko Slave Lodge. Curated by Cape-Town photographer Thom Pierce, the exhibition raises awareness of a group of gravely ill miners and their families who have applied for a class-action lawsuit against the South African gold-mining industry for exposure to toxic silica dust in the mines. This relevant exhibition highlights the plight of South African miners as a human rights issue in an industry encumbered poor safety conditions, labour unrest and economic uncertainty.
Meet Eugene Bergh - Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology and Geology, Natural History Department.
Iziko Museums of South Africa is commemorating the abolition of slavery in South Africa, known as Emancipation Day, and World Aids Day on 1 December, with *free entrance to its museums. Cape Town has a dark and difficult history, as one of the largest slave-holding areas of South Africa, and the Iziko Slave Lodge was a central component of the slave trade in the Cape.Emancipation Day commemorates the 181st anniversary of the abolition of slavery in South Africa.
Between Darkness and Light, the mid-career retrospective of South African photographer, Jodi Bieber, concludes on 19 November 2015. Currently on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery, the exhibition showcases a selection of work completed from 1993 to 2011, and explores South Africa following the advent of democracy in 1994.