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Iziko Commemorates the Abolition of Slavery in South Africa

  • Nov 27, 2015

Iziko Museums of South Africa is commemorating the abolition of slavery in South Africa, known as Emancipation Day, and World Aids Day on 1 December, with *free entrance to its museums. Cape Town has a dark and difficult history, as one of the largest slave-holding areas of South Africa, and the Iziko Slave Lodge was a central component of the slave trade in the Cape.Emancipation Day commemorates the 181st anniversary of the abolition of slavery in South Africa.


History will break your Heart

  • Nov 10, 2015

Iziko Museums of South Africa will host an exhibition for the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Visual Art from 19 November 2015 until 20 January 2016. Entitled History will Break your Heart, the exhibition, displayed at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG), showcases works by Kemang Wa Lehulere, Ernest Mancoba and Gladys Mgudlandlu, as well as works made in collaboration with the artist’s aunt, Sophia Lehulere.


RIP Sarah Carneson

  • Nov 3, 2015

We wish to extend our condolences to the Carneson family following the passing of anti-apartheid activist, Sarah Carneson on Friday, 30 October.


Oceans of Life Photographic Exhibition

  • Oct 8, 2015

Iziko Museums of South Africa and BirdLife South Africa will host the photographic exhibition, Oceans of Life at the Iziko South African Museum.  The winner of the Oceans of Life photographic competition will be announced at the opening event on 12 October, which coincides with South Africa’s National Marine Week.


Moses Tladi Unearthed

  • Sep 15, 2015

The first major South African exhibition of the work of artist, Moses Tladi, will open at the Iziko South African National Gallery on Heritage Day, 24 September 2015. The exhibition entitledMoses Tladi Unearthed, provides the visitor with an exceptional opportunity to view his work. Cited as the first black artist to have exhibited formally in South Africa, Moses Tladi (1903-1959) developed a reputation as a realist landscape painter.


Celebrate, Debate, Elevate Your Heritage at Iziko

  • Sep 14, 2015

Connect with family and friends for a fun-filled week of free entertainment and education at Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko). We are inviting all communities to celebrate our living legacy during Heritage Week, from 21—27 September 2015*. Elevate your heritage at the in_herit festival  a multifaceted programme of guided tours, film screenings, interactive activities, displays and much more. (*Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope free on 24 September only).


Ask A Curator Day 2015

  • Sep 14, 2015

#AskACurator Day is a way for the public to talk to curators and professionals in cultural venues to which they normally don't have access. It's open to all cultural and art institutions around the world. On the day, the public is invited to ask curators anything they're curious about or want more information on.


Ancient Egyptian raptor mummy from South Africa yields a world first

  • Sep 7, 2015

An ancient Egyptian raptor mummy from Iziko Museums of South Africa in Cape Town has yielded a world first when researchers discovered the remains of at least two house mice and a small sparrow in its stomach.


Meet the panellists at the Karoo Disclosure opening event

  • Aug 19, 2015

Karoo Disclosure, is a collaborative art installation that investigates the highly contentious issue of fracking, opens at the Iziko South African Museum on Saturday, 29 August 2015. The exhibition explores notions of heritage, culture, ownership, and legitimacy in the context of external economic and political drivers that threaten to change the landscape and the lives of communities in unforeseen ways.


Iziko Book Drive

  • Aug 13, 2015
Iziko Museums of South Africa decided to pay forward the gift of reading by creating an Iziko Book Drive. Iziko staff, friends and museums patrons were asked to donate their pre-loved books - so that we may share them with those in need. 


Between Darkness and Light: A Mid-Career

  • Aug 12, 2015

Retrospective by Jodi Bieber
Curated by Brenton Maart
Iziko South African National Gallery, Thursday, 27 August 2015

Between Darkness and Light, Jodi Bieber’s mid-career retrospective, is set to open at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 27 August 2015. The exhibition includes close to 100 photographs from eight of Bieber’s key projects, and shows a selection of works from both celebrated and rarely seen independent series.