Sir Max Michaelispresented the collection of Netherlandish old master paintings, known as the Michaelis Collection to the South African Nation in 1914. The City of Cape Town made available the Old Town House, to house the collection, and following renovations to restore the old building, the new art museum – the first in Cape Town – was opened to the public in 1916. And the rest, as they say, is history! But more than just a pretty reminder of the past, this glorious historical building, its walls covered with precious masterpieces by Frans Hals, Ruisdal and others, provides an ideal venue for stylish corporate events.
Upcoming and current exhibitions, planetarium shows, education and public programmes and events, and ‘friends’ activities currently on at Iziko Museums of South Africa. For a complete list of what’s happening at our museums, please see the Iziko website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute details.
A visit to the Iziko South African National Gallery by learners from the Mary Harding School for the Intellectually Impaired took place on 19 February 2014. Sponsored by Truworths Social Involvement Trust, the visit was conducted by facilitators for the Meaningful Access Projects’ Helen Binckes and Mariechen Schimmel. Held regularly at Iziko gallery spaces, initiatives like these give opportunities to learners who would otherwise not have easy access to art galleries, interacting with art, and experiencing the joy that art brings.
Iziko Museums of South Africa is celebrating 20 years of democracy, with the exhibition ‘Singing Freedom: Music and the struggle against apartheid.’ Music played a vital role during the struggle against apartheid. The melodies, carried in the hearts of people, served as calls to action, inspired, encouraged, and motivated. The freedom songs provide a window into the history of the organisations, events and individuals that were part of the liberation struggle.
The Cape Town Festival will celebrate its 15th birthday this year with a Community Vibrations Concert on Human Rights Day, Friday 21 March, dedicated to the legacy of the late President Nelson Mandela and marking our country’s 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy.
Iziko Museums of South Africa will commemorate the centenary of South Africa’s first house museum, offering free entry to Iziko Koopmans de–Wet House, on Monday, 10 March 2014. The house itself, originally built around 1700, still looks much the same today as it did then – a typical town house with symmetrical Neoclassical façade, and spacious rooms.
An exhibition of photographs, by George Hallett, will open at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 5 March 2014. Titled, George Hallett: A Nomad’s Harvest, the exhibition covers aspects of a career spanning more than half a century. The works on show are from the collection of George Hallett and augmented by a comprehensive display of biographical information, as well as, book and record covers designed by Hallett.
Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with Autograph ABP, will host the first retrospective museum exhibition in Africa of Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s photographs. The exhibition marks the 25thanniversary of the artist’s death, and opens at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 12 February 2014.
The SeaKeys Project is a large collaboration that aims to collate and increase marine biodiversity information and translate this information into products to support decision making and the development of new benefits for South African society. The project team includes more than 17 different organisations with researchers, post-graduate students, citizen scientists, marine managers and decision makers working together.
Iziko Museums of South Africa will host its annual Summer School from 1 February until 1 March 2014. Themed: “Museums and Democracy: celebrating our 20 years of democracy,” the programme takes us through different facets of our country’s celebrations and remembrances. The programme will also highlight aspects of World Design Capital 2014, celebrate International Mother Tongue Day, and reflect on 100 years post-World War I. The multi-faceted Summer School includes a series of public engagements, hands-on activities, film screenings, Iziko Mobile Museum outreach, and walkabouts.
As 2014 gets under way, Rooksana Omar, Chief Executive Officer of Iziko Museums of South Africa, looks at the highlights and achievements of year that was. 2013 was a successful and productive year for Iziko, despite the hurdles that face those whose work is the preservation and showcasing of South Africa’s heritage to the public, and the education of our current and future generations. She thanks our partners and sponsors who share in our achievements for their generosity, and looks forward to fostering continued support in the year ahead
The Friends of the South African National Gallery will host a 2-day workshop (with optional 1 day attendance) on the work and influence of SA artist and educator Kevin Atkinson on the 2nd and 9th of February from 10h00 to 13h00.