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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.


END GAME: Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art 2010 Michael MacGarry

  • Mar 18, 2011

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’.


Kopanang Universe Canticle - embroidered stories of evolution, Opening: 22 March 2011

  • Mar 17, 2011

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.

Celebrate Human Rights Day with FREE access to Iziko Museums

  • Mar 14, 2011

Iziko Museums commemorates the significance of Human Rights Day, Monday, 21st March, by inviting the public to visit our museums for free (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Iziko Planetarium). Iziko Museums operate twelve national museums in Cape Town, comprising of the Social History, National History and Art Collections departments.


Imagining Beauty – Imagining Ourselves A Weekend Dialogue

  • Feb 21, 2011

The Iziko South African National Gallery presents a dialogue event relating to the exhibition “Imagining Beauty: Body Adornment”, curated by Carol Kaufmann. Invited speakers range from international curators to local design personalities. The topics they address will revive old and new currencies pertaining to the imagined and actual notions of adornment and beauty.


Ernest Cole, Photographer

  • Feb 16, 2011

The Iziko South African National Gallery aims to be more relevant, representative and inclusive in the selection of its exhibitions, the works it acquires and the audiences it appeals to. Aligned to this vision, the Gallery is proud to host Ernest Cole, Photographer, from 25 February until 30 April 2011.


SALON/locale: Amsterdam based initiative SALON/locale to take place in Cape Town

  • Feb 16, 2011

SALON/ is an Amsterdam based initiative that was first launched in July 2010 in the Netherlands. Following its success, ‘SALON/locale’ launches in Cape Town in February 2011.

Eco Design Initiative – South African / Swedish Youth Skills & Culture Exchange

  • Feb 7, 2011

Today’s ultimate design challenge is to create durable products and services that minimise adverse impacts on the environment, while making everyday life simpler and more pleasant. The design of our societies influences our development, and designers are the catalysts that make a sustainable future possible. The Eco Design Initiative is mobilising youth in the design of our sustainable future. Through this leading action initiative, Eco Design Ambassadors from South Africa and Sweden will participate in an interactive skills and culture exchange, namely the Fresh Talent Workshop and the Eco Design Showcase, to be hosted in Cape Town and the City of Malmö during 2011.


Be Inspired, Connected & Engaged – Celebrate summer with the annual Summer School programme at Iziko

  • Jan 12, 2011

Iziko Museums is proud to host its annual multi-faceted Summer School, comprising of a series of talks, workshops and excursions from 5 to 26 February 2011. The programme provides a public platform for individuals to express their opinions and recommendations about current issues. The objective of the programme is to inspire, connect and engage the public about our country’s rich and diverse heritage. The varied programme includes topics for all interest groups, such as art, sustainable fisheries, indigenous games and the history of slavery.