The parking lot at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe off Hatfield Street has been revitalised with a striking piece of artwork – courtesy of local street artist, Falko. Signifying renewal and growth, his impression of a locust – also a symbol of human potential – now adorns the wall. This is the first of many “canvasses” around the Gallery that the artist has his sights on. We interviewed Falko to hear what he has to say about the street art scene in Cape Town, and the role of traditional art and art galleries in the 21st century.
Careers in scarce museum skills came into focus recently, when the Iziko South African National Gallery with the Centre for Curating the Archive at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, hosted a Conservation Week with 14 BA (Honours) in Curatorship students from UCT.The week was made possible with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
We are looking forward to a busy and fun winter school holiday programme that is sure to keep families entertained. If you’re still wondering how to keep the kids busy, why not come and spend the holidays at Iziko Museums of South Africa, and take advantage of our *half-price holiday discount.
To mark International Museum Week (12 – 18 May 2014), Iziko Museums of South Africa is set to become the first museum in Africa to exhibit one of SA’s greatest palaeo-finds. Professor Lee Berger, team leader of the Malapa Project of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University, will be handing over a standing replica of Australopithecus sediba - one of the most complete skeletons of early human relatives ever found.
“Riason Naidoo was employed by Iziko Museums of South Africa on a fixed term contract. From the outset, Riason was aware that his contract would expire at the end of April 2014. Iziko has no further comment. Iziko will continue in future to provide the same exceptional quality art exhibitions that the public have always enjoyed.” says Rooksana Omar, CEO Iziko.
Iziko Museums of South Africa will be closed on Workers’ Day 1 May, 2014 and on 7 May, 2014 for Election Day.
We believe our museums belong to all South Africans and that they must represent the memories, identities, culture and natural and social heritage of all South Africans and a new worldview. Thus, in the next five years, Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) aims to propel our museums into a new era, to ensure they serve the needs of future generations of South Africans. Iziko CEO, Ms Rooksana Omar, sheds light on the Museum’s strategic plan for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2019.
As the weather gets cooler, things are cooking at Iziko Museums of South Africa. Join us for a feast of commemorative day events and fun activities that will keep families and children entertained.
We are celebrating 20 years of freedom, and South Africans of all walks of life are excited about where we’ve come from, and optimistic about where we’re going. Over this period, we mark a number of politically and socially significant commemorative days, including Freedom Day on 27 April; Africa Day on 25 May; and Youth Day on 16 June; as well as International Museum Day on 18 May 2014. Museums are at the heart of these celebrations, and we welcome visitors to walk the road with us to discover and commemorate our history as a nation.
Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with Autograph ABP, host the first retrospective museum exhibition in Africa of Nigerian-born artist, Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s photographs. This first major retrospective in an African art museum comes at a time when many countries on the continent, including Nigeria, have enacted harsh legislation to enforce rigid norms in terms of human sexuality. EntitledRotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989): Traces of Ecstasy, the exhibition opened to critical review at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 12 February 2014.
Capetonians are creative – it’s a fact! The first evidence of human creativity was uncovered at Blombos Cave in the southern Cape,and form part of our Natural History collection. Discovered by Chris Henshilwood, the Blombos ochreis the earliest symbolic design, and the Blombos Nassarius kraussianus shell beads are the oldest symbolic ornaments in South Africa. In honour of these, the South African Post Office has launched a new stamp collection, photographed by Hein Botha,under the theme: “Symbols of South African Cultures”.
Wedged between St George’s Cathedral and Parliament is one of the oldest and most notorious buildings in Cape Town. The Slave Lodge was built in 1679 as the slave quarters of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). However, under the theme, ‘From human wrongs to human rights’, the Social History Collections department of Iziko Museums of South Africa is helping to transform this dark chapter of our history. It now hosts temporary exhibitions related to the legacies of slavery and the more recent history of South Africa. One of these is Singing Freedom: Music and the struggle against apartheid, which tells the story of the role music played during the struggle for freedom.