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“Singing the real” - walkabout going for a song

  • Jul 4, 2011

On 19 July at 17:30, Iziko Museums will host a free walkabout by visiting curator Patrick Murphy of an exhibition of contemporary Irish art. The exhibition runs until 30 September at Iziko South African National Gallery. Organised by the Royal Hibernian Society and supported by Culture Ireland, "Singing the Real" marks the beginning of a cultural exchange between Ireland and South Africa.


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Winter fun for kids at Iziko

  • Jun 28, 2011

An exhibition making programme began on Saturday 11 June dealing with the theme of stereotyping and restoring memories using the photographic exhibitions of :

The Indian in Drum Magazine In The 1950sand Ranjith Kally: Through the Lens of Durban's Veteran Photographer.


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Welcome to the Planetarium

  • Jun 28, 2011

The Iziko Planetarium situated alongside the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town has been in operation since October 1987. It is, however, interesting to note that the present facility is not the first planetarium theatre that was housed at the South African Museum and that the first planetarium on the site was in fact opened in 1958.


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Biodiversity: Celebrating our natural heritage at the Iziko South African Museum

  • Jun 26, 2011

South Africa is the third-most biologically diverse country in the world. Iziko South African Museum at the southwestern tip of Africa is ideally located: Here, the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, the warm Agulhas Current converges and the cold Benguela Upwelling System departs.


FREE entry at Iziko Museums on Youth Day!

  • Jun 10, 2011

Iziko Museums is commemorating Youth Day by offering *free entry for all on June 16th. Our 12 museums each have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections, reflective of our diverse African heritage. The different museums and varied exhibitions are sure to appeal to the cultural heritage of young and old this Youth Day.


Missing art work at Iziko South African National Gallery

  • Jun 1, 2011

On the morning of 26 May 2011 a small sculpture in welded bronze by South African artist Barend de Wet, which occupied a niche on the façade of the Iziko South African National Gallery, was found to be missing. 


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Tretchikoff: The people’s painter. Iziko South African National Gallery, 26 May – 25 September 2011

  • May 16, 2011

A retrospective exhibition of the artist, Vladimir Tretchikoff, will open to the public at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 26 May. While Tretchikoff is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most controversial artists, much maligned in the 1960s and onwards by several members of the established arts community, there can be no doubt that he has become a cultural icon and remains a favourite artist to many South Africans.


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Celebrate International Museum Day and Africa Day at Iziko Museums

  • May 13, 2011

Iziko Museums is celebrating International Museum Day by granting free* entry to all Iziko Museums (Excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium) and will host a diverse range of engaging, entertaining and educational activities. Across the globe, International Museum Day is traditionally celebrated on 18 May. However, in consideration of the local government elections, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) South Africa declared that International Museum Day will be celebrated in conjunction with Africa Day on 25 May 2011.


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Photographic Extravaganza: The Indian in Drum Magazine in the 1950s Ranjith Kally: through the lens

  • May 6, 2011

The Iziko South African National Gallery acknowledges and pays tribute to veteran South African photographers by hosting two photographic exhibitions The Indian in Drum Magazine in the 1950s and Ranjith Kally: Through the lens of Durban’s veteran photographer. Both exhibitions open on 11 May 2011 at 6pm.


RANDOM WORKS? A Selection from the Permanent Collection

  • Apr 28, 2011

Iziko South African National Gallery, on exhibition until 21 August 2011. The Permanent Collection of the Iziko South African National Gallery has grown substantially from an initial bequest of 45 paintings of European art, presented by Thomas Butterworth Bayley in 1871. Currently, the Permanent Collection comprises of over 9000 works, now focusing on South African art.


FREE* entry on Freedom Day at Iziko Museums

  • Apr 13, 2011

27 April 1994 was the day that the people of South Africa cast their votes in our first democratic elections - a heady day, filled with excitement, nervousness and spiralling queues. Iziko Museums is commemorating Freedom Day by offering free entry for all on 27 April 2011.


Unlimited free entry to 18 year olds and under and free entry for all on certain commemorative days

  • Mar 25, 2011

Iziko Museums operate 12 National Museums in Cape Town. The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections which reflect our diverse African heritage.