Media and press releases – News
Against the Grain: sculptors from the Cape, showcases the works of five local wood sculptors: Isaac Makeleni, Ishmael Thyssen, Shepherd Mbanya, Timothy Mafenuka and Thami Kiti. For decades working with little acknowledgment and support, these artists have produced significant works that are skilful, imaginative, earnest and playful.
The Young Women's Empowerment event, with the theme "No Violence Against Young Women and Girls" will be hosted in collaboration between Iziko Museums of South Africa, CHUMA, GCIS (Government Communications & Information Systems), women in business and WritersHand Studios.
Iziko Museums of South Africa is the proud recipient of eight iconic fashion garments designed by Chris Levin. The garments were donated to Iziko by generous benefactor and art curator, Mark Coetzee. The Iziko Social History Collections is delighted by the presentation, as very few haute couture garments are represented in the museum’s collection.
‘The King’s Map’ is set to return and rest at its home, Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. This rare masterpiece is a unique map of South Africa produced 222 years ago. Nearly 3 x 2m in size – painted on brushed cotton for King Louis XVI of France – the map, a record of biodiversity and animal distribution in southern Africa,has 66 illustrations of animals, birds, and plants. It illustrates the route travelled by French traveller, free thinker and social critic of the time - during the birth of democracy, François Le Vaillant.
Canada's Governor General, His Excellency, David Johnston, visited Iziko Museums of South Africa for a guided tour of the Iziko Slave Lodge on Monday, 20 May. Johnston was visiting South Africa from 19 to 22 May, as part of a tour of Africa, aimed at exploring prospects for closer ties between Canada and South Africa in science, technology and education.
International Museum Day is celebrated annually across the globe on 18 May. Join Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) for a fun-filled day of adventure, exploration and discovery. The theme this year is: Museums (creativity + memory) = social change. This initiative aims to increase awareness of the role of museums as agents of social change. By looking at our past we can build the future.
Iziko Museums of South Africa is commemorating Freedom Day by offering *free entry for all (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium)on 27 April 2013. Iziko Bertram House, Iziko Koopmans-de Wet House and Iziko Rust & Vreugd museums will be closed on this day.
It is our pleasure to let you know that the first edition of Iziko Museums of South Africa’s newsletter, i on Iziko, will be published later this month. With this newsletter, we would like to share news about our exciting exhibitions, collections and programmes, and of course, keep you up to date with any new additions to our collections.
Iziko Museums of South Africa, in collaboration with Young in Prison South Africa (YiPSA), is hosting an exhibition entitled: Insider Art: VI at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe, on show until 29 April 2013.
Minster of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, visited the exhibition, Umhlaba 1913-2013: Commemorating the 1913 Land Act, currently on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery, today, 3 April 2013. The 100 year commemoration of the Land Act provides an unparalleled opportunity to tell stories of the land in ways that have not been told before. Minister Mashatile joined one of the curators, Pam Warne, of Iziko Museums of South Africa, for a walk-about of the exhibition and Gallery.
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.