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Every minute, amateur and professional photographers are taking thousands of images of Africa’s
biodiversity and natural environments. The Iziko South African Museum in partnership with Nature's Best Photography Africa proudly presents some 70 photographs that showcase the beauty of Africa. This exhibition runs from 24 June to 12 September 2015.
Iziko Museums of South Africa, in association with the Goodman Gallery and Design Indaba, will host The Refusal of Time, by South African artist, William Kentridge. The major five-channel video installation, encompasses a moving sculpture and immersive soundscape, and opens at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 20 February. The Refusal of Time will be augmented with several exciting events, including a chamber opera, book launch, film showings, as well as a music concert.
The winners of the Nature’s Best Photography (NBP) Africa competition will be announced at a gala awards ceremony at the Iziko South African Museum (ISAM) on 23 June. The winning entries will be showcased as part of an exhibition entitled: Nature’s Best Photography Africa, on public displayfrom 24 June until 16 September 2015.
The Iziko Slave Lodge will be open on Sunday, 14 June 2015. This special opening will provide the public with the final opportunity to view artefacts from the 18th century slave wreck, the São José Paquete Africa.
“On Youth Day we honour the memory of the students who lost their lives during the Soweto Uprising in 1976, and reflect on the role that the youth played in achieving a democratic South Africa. Our museums are spaces where cultural and historical exploration invokes discussion and debate. We inspire them to learn from and appreciate our collective heritage and culture, for their future and their children’s futures,” says Rooksana Omar, Chief Executive Officer, Iziko Museums of South Africa.
Iziko Museums of South Africa, in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NHMAAC) and George Washington University (GWU), recently announced the findings of an international research partnership. The Slave Wrecks Project (SWP) provides new knowledge on the Transatlantic Slave Trade, focusing on the São José slave wreck, discovered off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa.
Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko), in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and George Washington University will announce the findings of an international research partnership this evening at the Iziko Slave Lodge Museum. The Slave Wrecks Project (SWP,) first formed in 2008, provides new knowledge on the Transatlantic Slave Trade, focusing on the São José slave wreck ship, discovered off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa.
Celebrate Africa Day with free entry to Iziko Museums of South Africa on Monday, 25 May*. Embrace African unity by exploring our diverse heritage, art and natural history collections at Iziko.
Iziko Museums of South Africa Curator, Dr Roger M. H. Smith, was recognised as a pioneering international scholar and awarded an A-rating by the National Research Foundation (NRF) for his research in palaeontology and other spheres of geology. Dr Smith, Curator Karoo Palaeontology, has worked as a palaeontologist, based at the Iziko South African Museum since 1983 His research specialty is to combine field-generated geological and palaeontological data into reconstructions of ancient ecosystems.
Head to Iziko Museums of South Africa on International Museum Day. Iziko has an exciting programme of free events and activities for International Museum Week, promising hours of fun and edutainment for the whole family. The fun starts on Monday, 11 May and will continue until International Museum Day (IMD) on Monday, 18 May when visitors are granted free access to our museums! The IMD theme for 2015 is ‘Museums for a sustainable society’.
Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, is proud to announce the launch of an accompanying website to the exhibition, There’s something I must tell you. Currently on show at the Iziko Slave Lodge, the exhibition showcases work by acclaimed South African artist, Sue Williamson, spanning a period of 30 years. The website serves to augment the exhibition, providing those who are unable to visit the museum, with access to Williamson’s work.
Scientists are now able to easily identify parasitoid wasps, occurring in the African and Madagascan regions, via free online resources. The initiative, launched by Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Swedish Museum of Natural History, aims to facilitate future research on the ecologically and agriculturally important parasitoid wasps.