Media and press releases – News
The storerooms of the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) hold many fine treasures seldom on display because of the acute space constraints of the present building, which was first opened 83 years ago.
The Iziko Maritime Centre at the V&A Waterfront features an overview of shipping in Cape Town. While shipping may be all but obsolete in a modern era of air travel, the nostalgia of seafaring is tangible in this port city that had its colonial origins as a refreshment station for ships on their way to and from the East.
Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, reminded South Africans that September is Heritage Month; a month to celebrate our common heritage. On the occasion of the New Age breakfast held on 3 September 2013, he said that the theme for this year’s Heritage Month, ‘Reclaiming, Restoring and Celebrating our Living Heritage’ is, “a call to recognise the importance of our tangible heritage; our museums, commemorative sites and interpretation centres, in building an inclusive society”.
“The Difference Loom,” an exhibition exploring textiles and technology, is about our making and thinking, of textiles, art, technology and cultural values. We sense the body in textiles, but not in technology. We discern the analytical in technology, but not in weavings. This exhibition is about those perceptions/disconnections, explored in that area where textiles and technology intersect.
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.