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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Iziko South African National Gallery, 27 March - 15 May 2011 Several years ago, Michael MacGarry wrote: ‘My work investigates the ongoing ramifications of imperialism on the African continent, coupled with the analysis and parody of the socio-political and economic role of political elites within this context as well as the increasingly complicated dynamics attendant on the extraction of natural resources – particularly oil – in African nation-states post-independence’.
The Iziko South African Museum offers all who come to explore it’s spaces, a better understanding of the constantly evolving universe as well as the biological and cultural diversity of our planet. The Kopanang Universe Canticle, will be exhibited at the Iziko South African Museum from 22 March until 22 May 2011. This unique body of work comprising over thirty two metres of exquisite, painstakingly hand embroidered panels, tell the story of evolution and creation as interpreted by the craftswomen of Kopanang.