Media and press releases – News

Lloyd Pollak on Post-Impressionism - probing beneath the surface

  • Jul 5, 2011

Following an enthusiastic response to his earlier lecture series, art lecturer and historian, Lloyd Pollak, will present an informative new four-part lecture series on Post-Impressionism. Hosted by Friends of the South African National Gallery, lectures take place at 17:30 over four Wednesday evenings at Iziko South African Museum. Entry is R40 per lecture or R120 per series for Friends, or R50 per lecture and R160 per series for guests


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A chat and a chuckle with Zapiro

  • Jul 5, 2011

As part of Iziko's Winter Public Programme, audiences can enjoy a 'conversation' with irrepressible cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, a.k.a. Zapiro, at 18:00 on 26 July in the TH Barry Lecture Theatre, Iziko South African Museum.


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“Singing the real” - walkabout going for a song

  • Jul 4, 2011

On 19 July at 17:30, Iziko Museums will host a free walkabout by visiting curator Patrick Murphy of an exhibition of contemporary Irish art. The exhibition runs until 30 September at Iziko South African National Gallery. Organised by the Royal Hibernian Society and supported by Culture Ireland, "Singing the Real" marks the beginning of a cultural exchange between Ireland and South Africa.


FREE entry at Iziko Museums on Youth Day!

  • Jun 10, 2011

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.


Missing art work at Iziko South African National Gallery

  • Jun 1, 2011

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. 


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Tretchikoff: The people’s painter. Iziko South African National Gallery, 26 May – 25 September 2011

  • May 16, 2011

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.


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Celebrate International Museum Day and Africa Day at Iziko Museums

  • May 13, 2011

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.


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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.


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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’.