Whatz On @ Iziko

  • Posted: Apr 17, 2014

Upcoming and current exhibitions, planetarium shows, education and public programmes and events, and ‘friends’ activities currently on at Iziko Museums of South Africa. For a complete list of what’s happening at our museums, please see the Iziko website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute details.

  • Fragile Historiesopens at the Iziko Slave Lodge on 18 April. Professor Keith Dietrich’s installation uses photography and collage to tell the story of the “tensions and textures of early colonial encounters at the Cape”. On until 31 August 2014.
  • George Hallett: A Nomad’s Harvest ison until 9 July 2014 at the ISANG. Throughout a career spanning more than 50 years, George Hallett has conveyed positive images of humanity. Included on this retrospective exhibition are images of the lives of ordinary people in South Africa and abroad.

Visitors enjoy *FREE ENTRY at Iziko museums on these commemorative days:

  • Freedom Day – 27 April (*excl. the Castle and Planetarium)
  • International Museum Day – 18 May
  • Africa Day – 25 May (*excl. the Castle and Planetarium)
  • Youth Day – 16 June (*excl. the Castle and Planetarium)

For enquiries on educational activities and public programmes planned around these commemorative days, please email wkasibe@iziko.org.za; sharmans@iziko.org.za; or Tel. 021 481 3813

  • Suspicious Minds: Artists’ exploration of mind and matterruns at the Iziko SA National Gallery Annexe from 5 May to 31 May 2014. The project aims to create brain awareness throughout the city, through a variety of activities that engage artists, design and film schools, community drama groups of young people, and unemployed residents in disadvantaged communities.
  • Reminder:Iziko’s Entomology department offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the entomology research collection every Friday at 11:00. Tours last about half an hour. Space is limited, so book at the ISAM reception desk.
  • Australopithecus Sediba lecture at the ISAM, presented byrenowned palaeo-anthropologist from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University, Prof. Lee Berger from 11:00–13:00 on 15 May 2014.

Friends of the Iziko Michaelis Collection present two lectures:

  • On 22 April, ‘How Dutch was VOC Cape Town?’; and on13 May, ‘Public Collections of Seventeenth century Dutch Art in South Africa’ by Dr Jillian Carman Time: 18:30 Venue: TH Barry Lecture Theatre, ISAM Cost: Members R50, non-members R75 per lecture

Friends of the Iziko South African Museum host:

  • A lecture on 29 April 2014‘The Cape orchids – a regional monograph of the orchids of the Cape floristic region’ by William Liltved. Time: 18:30 for 19:00 Venue: TH Barry Lecture Theatre, ISAM.
  • Fossil hunting with Dr Roger Smithin the Fraserberg area from 30 April to 4 May 2014.
  • A guided walk along the Platteklip Trail with Matt Weisse on 21 June 2014.

Friends of the Iziko South African National Gallery:

  • Studio visit of Kevin Atkinson’s ‘Plato’s Cave’ on 26 April 2014at 14:00. Price’s Park, Nelson Road, Observatory Cost: Members R30, non-members R40
  • Meet artist Mohau Modisakeng on 24 April 2014 Time: 11:00 Venue: Brundyn +, 71 Loop Street, Cape Town Cost: Members and non-members R20
  • On 20 May 2014, Gwen Fagan presents a lecture: ‘Historical Gardens of the Cape’Time: 17:30 Venue: TH Barry Lecture Theatre, ISAM Cost: Members R50, non-members R65, students R20


  • The prolific exhibition,Objects in the Tide of Time, at the ISANG closes on 18 May 2014. Make a point of seeing some of the best works in our collection if you haven’t done so yet!
  • Oliver Reginald Tambo: The modest revolutionaryhas been extended by two months! So why not visit the Iziko Slave Lodge, and reflect on this humble hero as part of your Freedom Day celebrations. Ends on 31 May 2014.

Last chance:

  • Children’s art exhibition,The Road to Democracy: Celebrating 20 years of Democracy is on at the ISANG Annexe until 30 April 2014.
  • Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989): Traces of Ecstasycloses at theISANG on 15 May 2014.

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