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.
Water is the most vital resource for life on Earth; no living thing exists without it. Iziko Museums of South Africa will open a new exhibition, H2O Today, at the Iziko South African Museum on the 29th November 2018. The exhibition, organised by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service (SITES), examines the diversity and challenges of water sources worldwide and promotes conversation, creativity and innovation through art, science and technology.
Iziko Museums of South Africa will host a group exhibition titled STILL LIFE and LIFE DRAWINGS, A Moment Captured or Preserved? The exhibition opens on 23 November and runs until 7 December 2018. The show is on view to the public on Mondays to Fridays from 09:00 until 16:30, at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe.
Not the Usual Suspects, a survey of the Market Photo Workshop (MPW), recently opened at the Iziko South African National Gallery, and runs until 21 April 2019. The exhibition, a tribute to the Market Photo Workshop showcases more than 100 artworks by more than thirty artists. Curated by Iziko Curator and MPW graduate, Ingrid Masondo, this collaborative project brings together the histories and archives of the MPW in dialogue with the private archives and memories of “alumni”.
‘Under Cover of Darkness’, an exhibition, in partnership with the Centre for Curating the Archive at the University of Cape Town, opened at the Iziko Slave Lodge on 25 September 2018. Curated by Carine Zaayman and produced by Josie Grindrod,the exhibition brings to light the many untold stories of women forced into slavery and oppressive labour under colonialism.
Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko), in partnership with the HCI Foundation will host the annual in_herit FESTIVAL – a dynamic cultural programme, from the 24 until the 30 of September 2018. The week-long celebration will comprise of a series of walkabouts, guided tours, an exhibition opening, events, and Museum Night V&A.
Iziko Museums of South Africa will host several ICA Live Art festival 2018 events, on the 6th, 7th and 12th September 2018. The partnership with the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) will create opportunities of exploration to the museums. This interdisciplinary festival is designed to challenge and extend the public’s experience of live art in a non-commercial environment and render the work of visual and performing artists more accessible.
Iziko Museums of South Africa in partnership with Orms launched the People’s Project, on Women’s Day, 9 August. The project seeks to promote art by women artists, as well as to make art more accessible to the public, beyond the confines of the Gallery space. Orms will showcase inspirational South African women artists work from the permanent collections of the Iziko South African National Gallery.
Iziko Museums of South Africa celebrates National Woman’s Day on 9 August 2018. Access to selected Iziko museums and events is Free. In celebration of national icon, Ma Sisulu, Nonsikelelo Albertina Sisulu nee Thethiwe, Iziko will host a series of exciting events to honour the legacy of power, courage and philosophy of Strong Woman, Strong World.
Professor Bruce Arnott (born 1938), who has just died in Cape Town, was a key figure in the history of the Iziko South African National Gallery and an influential sculptor who made an impression on generations of students at UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. After obtaining a Fine Art degree there in 1960, he wrote a Masters dissertation on South African sculpture and joined the staff of the Iziko SA National Gallery in 1962, becoming Assistant Director in 1970.
Iziko Museums of South Africa commemorated International Mandela Day, with the launch of: “Tata Madiba: Father of our democracy, Father of our Nation,” at the Iziko South African Museum. The exhibition brings together objects, specimens and artworks to stimulate conversation about Madiba’s life, struggles and legacy.
It is through the lens of the artists’ mastery of printmaking and their strikingly distinctive styles that Iziko Museums of South Africa proudly presents Print Promises at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG). The exhibition bears witness to the visual richness of printmaking in South Africa and worldwide. A small and eclectic selection from over 3000 prints in ISANG’s collection is on display, representing all the major printmaking techniques.