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Shared Sky Exhibition

  • Feb 13, 2015

An exciting international exhibition entitled Shared Sky was opened by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor at the Iziko South African National Gallery today, 13 February 2015.  Transcending continents, Shared Sky brings together South African and Australian artists in a collaborative exhibition celebrating humanity’s ancient cultural wisdom, alongside one of the world’s greatest scientific and engineering endeavours: the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). This fascinating art/astronomy exhibition is hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa in partnership with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation, SKA South Africa, SKA Australia, and Curtin University Australia’s Institute of Radio Astronomy. 


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‘Museum Night’ arrives in South Africa

  • Jan 27, 2015

The last week of February promises to be a feast of art and culture in Cape Town. Visitors to the City will be spoiled, with events such as the Cape Town Art Fair (25 Feb – 1 Mar); Design Indaba (25 – 27 Feb); Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa gala event (28 Feb); and the second annual Guild Design Fair (24 Feb – 1 Mar) all planned over this period.


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Iziko celebrates Tata Madiba: Father of our Democracy, Father of our Nation

  • Jan 13, 2015

A special exhibition titled Tata Madiba: Father of our Democracy, Father of our Nation is currently on show at the Iziko South African Museum. Commemorating his passing, this exhibition honours the legacy of the beloved former President by exploring his life and role as a struggle hero during apartheid.


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Time and Again: A retrospective exhibition by Penny Siopis

  • Jan 6, 2015

Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting an exhibition by acclaimed South African contemporary artist, Penny Siopis.  Entitled Time and Again, this retrospective survey into her artistic career will be displayed at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) from 18 December 2014. This exhibition reflects over three decades of Siopis’ creative production, and draws on the recurring themes of history, sexuality, race, memory, estrangement and violence.


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New Holiday Planetarium Shows at Iziko

  • Jan 2, 2015

Catch two brand-new Planetarium shows at the Planetarium, Iziko South African Museum!
Full Circle: Star lore comes back to Africa is a stimulating and thought-provoking show that will appeal to all ages, while Davy Dragon and the Star City is a must-see for all those budding astronomers.


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Dive into Our Heritage at Iziko Museums

  • Dec 2, 2014

Celebrate summer at Iziko Museums of South Africa and find a cool place to explore art, nature, people and more. Visitors can look forward to a series of new exhibitions, Planetarium shows and holiday workshops, including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which celebrates its 50th anniversary at the Iziko South African Museum. Beat the school-holiday boredom blues and enjoy our half-price holiday discount for kids and accompanying adults at all our museums, from 12 December until 21 January 2015 (excluding the Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope).


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Ink, Paper, Politics: The Agency of Print as Social Critique

  • Nov 20, 2014

Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting a print exhibition – Ink, Paper, Politics: The Agency of Print as Social Critique. Drawing together a diverse cross-section of etchings, relief prints, lithographs and screenprints, the exhibition explores the diverse social narratives of the featured artists, and will be displayed at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG).


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From African Earth: Celebrating our African Vessel Heritage

  • Nov 12, 2014

Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) is hosting a Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 exhibition, From African Earth: Celebrating our African vessel heritage. Presented by Iziko’s Social History Collections department in partnership with Ceramics Southern Africa (Western Cape), this exhibition of historical and contemporary ceramic works celebrates the artistry and rich legacy of African clay vessels. From African Earth will be showcased at the Iziko Slave Lodge.


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Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art sees double in 2014

  • Nov 11, 2014

The 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art exhibition will be showcased at Iziko Museums of South Africa. Twenty-eight-year-old twin brothers, Hasan and Husain Essop, were named joint winners for their collaborative work of photographic prints. Entitled Unrest, this collaborative exhibition will open at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) on 27 November 2014.


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World’s Top Wildlife Photography Exhibition to Celebrate 50th edition at Iziko

  • Oct 16, 2014

NHU Africa are pleased to announce that the 50th annual edition of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition will be coming back to Cape Town this December. Hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town, and owned by the Natural History Museum of London and BBC Worldwide, the exhibition is sponsored in South Africa by National Geographic Channels and will feature 100 breathtaking images of nature in its most astonishing forms.


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Celebrate National Marine Week at Iziko Museums

  • Oct 6, 2014

Celebrate our national marine heritage at Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko). This year, Iziko will host a week-long programme entitled, Discovering the Deep: Past, present and futureat the Iziko South African Museum (ISAM).


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Oceans of Life Photographic Exhibition

  • Oct 6, 2014

Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with BirdLife South Africa, will exhibit photographs from the annual Oceans of Life Photographic Competition.  The exhibition will be housed at the Iziko South African Museum (ISAM). Coinciding with National Marine Week in October, Oceans of Life showcases stunning photography of a wide array of marine biodiversity, including seabirds, cetaceans, fish, and more from around the world. The aim of the exhibition is to celebrate marine life and to raise awareness of marine conservation.