Free access to Iziko Museums on World AIDS and Emancipation Day

  • Posted: Nov 26, 2010

Iziko Museums commemorates World Aids and Emancipation Day, on 1 December, by welcoming the public to its museums for free (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Iziko Planetarium).

The public is also invited to join Iziko staff in the TH Barry Lecture Theatre, at the Iziko South African Museum, for a film screening of Slave Ship Mutiny. Produced by Off the Fence, this documentary about the Meermin slave ship, was largely filmed at various Iziko Social History museums, for international broadcast. The screening will be followed by a mini-discussion which will endeavour to tackle some of the key issues around slavery and emancipation, presented in this film.

This is also an opportune time to see some of Iziko’s new exhibition offerings. Currently on display at the Iziko South African Museum, Made in Translation – Images from and of the Landscape, recently opened to the public. The exhibition explores ways in which translations from and of the landscape have been made, and in so doing, place images of rock art in the context of other forms of translation. Just as land and space are transformed into landscape, rock art copies are seen as acts of translation, primarily transforming the ‘unboundedness’ of the original paintings or engravings into the framed and recomposed images of the copy. The exhibition showcases a diverse range of translations, including the works of copyists from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries.

African Dinosaurs, also on display at ISAM, showcases dinosaurs and their reptilian relatives that lived in Africa millions of years ago. The exhibition includes several uniquely South African fossil specimens, as well as fossils (or their casts) collected from other parts of Africa, including Morocco and Niger.

The Iziko SA National Gallery celebrates summer with five brand new exhibitions. These include Borders – an exhibition from the Bamako Encounters 8th African Photographic Biennale; A Vigil of Departure, a retrospective of Louis Maqhubela; Roger Ballen and Boarding House; Imagining Beauty – Body Adornment including Young SA Designers and In Context.

For more information on these exhibitions, please visit browse Iziko Museums Facebook fan page, or call 021 481 3800

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