Media and press releases – News


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).


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.


Rembrandt in South Africa

  • Oct 2, 2014

Iziko Museums of South Africa invites visitors to experience the first-ever national exhibition of etchings by revered Dutch artist, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 – 1669). Opening at the Iziko Old Town House on Thursday, 2 October 2014 (First Thursdays), patrons can enjoy free entry to the museum from
17h00 – 21h00. The exhibition marks the centenary of the Iziko Michaelis Collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings presented to the people of South Africa in 1914, and housed at the Old Town House


Symbols of South African Cultures

  • Sep 26, 2014

Iziko South African National Gallery, 24 September 2014 until March 2015

Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting a World Design Capital Exhibition - Symbols of South African Cultures - in collaboration with the South African Post Office’s Philately Services. On display at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG), is a series of commemorative stamps depicting local cultural artefacts, as captured by local photographer Hein Botha.


Celebrate Heritage Week at Iziko Museums of South Africa

  • Sep 10, 2014

Whether you’re from Langa, Lansdowne, Lavis or Llandudno, Iziko Museums of South Africa are inviting all communities to connect with family and friends for a fun-filled week of free entertainment and education at our museumsthis Heritage Week, from 22—28 September 2014*. Join us in celebrating our living legacy at the in_herit festival– a multifaceted programmeof guided tours, film screenings, interactive activities, displays and much more. (*Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope free on 24 September only).


Letters from Ann

  • Aug 28, 2014

Meet the woman after whom Iziko Bertram House was named. On display at the Bertram House Museum, Letters from Ann follows the ‘discovery’ of a series of fictional letters that chronicle a year of Ann Bertram Barker’s life. Nearly two centuries after her death, the exhibition establishes a connection between the museum and its namesake.


Tinnda Tin DÊ DÊ

  • Aug 28, 2014

Tinnda Tin DÊ DÊ  is a collaborative, site responsive exhibition by contemporary artists, Bernardo Ramalho and Jarbas Lopesfrom the Brazilian Gallery, A Gentil Carioca. On display at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe, the exhibition features a diverse collection of drawings, volumes and installations created from a range of materials.

Iziko South African National Gallery Closed on Sunday, 31 August 2014

  • Aug 26, 2014

The Iziko South African National Gallery in Government Avenue, Company’s Garden, will be closed due to maintenance by the City of Cape Town on Sunday, 31 August 2014.

Operations will return to normal on Monday, 1 September. We look forward to welcoming our visitors then.


Patterns of Contact: Designs from the Indian Ocean World

  • Aug 19, 2014

Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting World Design Capital 2014 exhibition,Patterns of Contact: Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean World. On display at the Iziko South African National Gallery, the exhibition highlights over 1 000 years of visual art and East Asian influence. A rare selection of works, including a replica of a 14th century Chinese world map, on loan from the Parliament of South Africa, will be publicly displayed for the first time.


Centenary, Corsets & Couture at Iziko Koopmans-de Wet House

  • Aug 8, 2014

In celebration of Women’s Month, the exhibition Corsets & Couture opens at the Iziko Koopmans-de Wet House Museum today. A visual feast, the exhibition highlights the changes in women’s fashion over a century. It contrasts a typical 19th century outfit with couture garments from the 20th century.  These couture garments, on display for the first time, were designed by South African couturier Chris Levin, and generously donated to Iziko Museums of South Africa by art doyen, Mark Coetzee. 


Celebrate National Women’s Day at Iziko Museums

  • Aug 6, 2014

This Women’s Month, Iziko Museums of South Africa invites both local and international visitors to explore and reflect on women’s contribution to our history, art, and culture. Enjoy free access to Iziko Museums on Women’s Day *.


Walkabout of Fragile Histories| Fugitive Lives

  • Jul 25, 2014

Join artist curator, Professor Keith Dietrich on Friday, 1 August 2014 for a walkabout of the exhibition, Fragile Histories|Fugitive Lives. The exhibition is currently on display at the Iziko Slave Lodge until 31 August.