The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), in partnership with Iziko Museums, will be celebrating Africa Day by presenting exhibitions and performances at the Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Road Cape Town. Africa Day, which is held on 25 May 2012, serves as a celebration of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. Today the OAU is known as the African Union (AU). This organisation is meant to lend a helping hand to the troubles that Africa face and encourage the people that there is still hope.
Iziko Museums is responsible for the management of the historic precinct at the Groot Constantia Estate. Upon opening the Manor House on the morning of 21 May 2012, staff discovered that certain valuable items from the collection had been stolen. The matter has been reported to the South African Police Services, Iziko Museums is working closely with senior police officials and a full-scale investigation is currently underway.
Celebrate International Museum Day on 18 May 2012 and visit Iziko Museums and selected Planetarium shows for *Free (excluding the Castle of Good Hope). In the digital era of new media, social networks and new technology, Iziko Museums is looking to the future. The theme: “Museums in a Changing World. New Challenges, New inspirations,” contextualizes the role of museums in a changing society.
The “Community Punching Bags” or “CPBs” project is an artwork by Johann van der Schijff in collaboration with art teachers and high school learners from and around Cape Town. Johann is an artist and lecturer at The Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. The collaborating art teachers and Grade 10 learners are from Livingstone High School (Claremont), Camps Bay High, Heideveld Senior Secondary School, Fish Hoek High, and Isilimela High School (Langa).
On view at the South African National Gallery from 26 April to 22 July 2012, Candice Breitz: Extra! presents a substantial body of the artist’s work to Cape audiences for the first time. The exhibition debuted earlier this year with a highly successful run at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg. Breitz, who was born in Johannesburg but now lives and works in Berlin, has established a significant international reputation and has exhibited her photographs and video installations worldwide.
Iziko Museums is proud to partner with the Department of Art and Culture, the South African Heritage Resources Agency and the Qatar Museums Authority, in hosting the artwork, Arab Priest by Irma Stern, at the Iziko South African National Gallery.
Iziko Museums in collaboration with the Campbell Collections of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, proudly presents Iqholo le Afrika: A Centenary Celebration of the Life and Work of Barbara Tyrrell. An event marking her 100th birthday on 15 March 2012 will launch the exhibition at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) which opens to the public the following day.
‘FIRED’ – an exhibition of South African ceramics will open in the Granary at the Castle of Good Hope on 26 February 2012. The exhibition will be launched by leading South African ceramic artists, Hylton Nel and Andile Dyalvane on Saturday, 25 February at 10:30 am.
“The search for our early ancestors” will open at the Iziko South African Museum on 18 February 2012 with a public lecture at 11am, by Prof. Lee Berger. The exhibition provides viewers with an introduction to Australopithecus sediba, a small upright, tree climbing hominin who lived in the African savanna nearly 2 million years ago.
Iziko Museums hosts its annual Summer School from 4-25 February 2012. Museums play an important role in collecting, conserving and connecting people to our cultural heritage.
The Iziko Social History Collections department will be hosting the travelling exhibition: ‘For Future Generations - Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music’ at the Iziko Good Hope Gallery, Castle of Good Hope from 19 November 2011 until 31 March 2012.