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Remembering Leigh Davids

  • Mar 15, 2019

Sex work and transgender activist, Leigh Davids, passed away on 27 February 2019 and was buried near her home in the informal settlement, Blikkiesdorp in Cape Town, South Africa. Davids was one of the major role players in the realisation of the series of installations calledinterseXion, which was showcased at the Iziko South African National Gallery in 2018. 


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The Effendis of 71 Wale Street, Bo-Kaap

  • Mar 15, 2019

The Effendis of 71 Wale Street, Bo-Kaapis an exhibition through which Iziko Museums of South Africa hopes to help validate, celebrate and honour the lives of the Effendi family, who formerly lived in the house that now serves as the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum.


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Adventure awaits you this school holiday at Iziko Museums of South Africa!

  • Mar 15, 2019

We’re nearing the end of the first school term of 2019 already, and if you’re looking for some adventure in the upcoming holidays, look no further! Iziko Museums of South Africa invites you to step indoors and explore our school holiday programme – adventure awaits!


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From Human Wrongs to Human Rights: Human Rights Day at Iziko Museums of South Africa

  • Mar 15, 2019

Commemorate Human Rights Day, 21 March 2019, with *free entry to (selected) Iziko Museums of South Africa. Iziko provides visitors the opportunity to delve into the human rights issues explored through the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions.


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The People’s Art: Chapungu – The Day Rhodes Fell

  • Mar 14, 2019

Chapungu – The Day Rhodes Fell ­will be installed and showcased in the Orms’ Roeland Street-facing window as the next edition in the Iziko Museums of South Africa and Orms collaboration – The People’s Art.  


TRIBUTE: A study exhibition for South African learners & teachers

  • Mar 11, 2019

Iziko Museums of South Africa opens a new exhibition, titled Tribute, at the Iziko South African National Gallery on Wednesday, 13 March 2019. Aimed at facilitating an active engagement between artists, art educators, art historians and curators, Tribute seeks to stimulate learning, respect, enjoyment and fresh visual expression.


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Remembering Bisi Silva

  • Feb 14, 2019

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of Olabisi Silva, known affectionately by most as ‘Bisi’.

Founder and Artistic Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Lagos, Nigeria, Silva dedicated her life to the development of art on the continent, and worked within her own terms, art’s terms, and Africa’s terms when it came to sustaining this growth.


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International Mother Tongue Day 2019

  • Feb 8, 2019

Iziko Museums of South Africa will celebrate International Mother Tongue Day, on Saturday, 23 February 2019. A public discussion on the importance of revitalising indigenous languages, especially through language activism, will take place at the Iziko South African Museum from 10h00 until 13h00. In light of 2019 as the Year of Indigenous Languages, this discussion aims to draw attention to the critical loss of indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve, revitalise and promote them. 


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Filling in the Gaps: A showcase of new acquisitions

  • Feb 6, 2019

Iziko Museums of South Africa will open a new exhibition titled Filling in the Gaps at the Iziko South African National Gallery. An important response to 2019’s ‘tenor of the times’, the exhibition will foreground recent acquisitions. Filling in the Gaps promises to be a showcase of remarkable diversity, and points to the continued relevance of the institution as a national platform of excellence in the visual arts.


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“Antarctic King”: iguana-sized dinosaur cousin discovery

  • Jan 31, 2019

Antarctica wasn’t always a frozen wasteland – some 250 million years ago, it was covered in forests and rivers, and the temperature rarely dipped below freezing. Antarctica was also home to diverse wildlife, including early relatives of the dinosaurs – and scientists, including Iziko Museums of South Africa’s Prof Roger Smith, have just discovered the newest member of that family – an iguana-sized reptile whose name means “Antarctic King”.


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Celebrate Summer: Visit an Iziko Museum this season and #BeatTheHeat!

  • Jan 31, 2019

We’re nearing the end of January 2019 already, and if you’ve been looking for an ideal family outing that is easy on the wallet – especially at this time of year – look no further! Iziko Museums of South Africa is inviting you to step indoors and #BeatTheHeat – discover, encounter, explore… Art, nature, people and more!


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Unshackled History:  The Wreck of the Slave Ship, São José, 1794

  • Dec 13, 2018

Unshackled History: The Wreck of the Slave Ship, São José, 1794 opens at the Iziko Slave Lodge on Wednesday, 12 December 2018. The São Joséwas sailing from Mozambique with a cargo of more than 400 enslaved persons when she encountered rough seas near Clifton (“under Lion’s Head) atnight.