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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.
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 *.
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.
Iziko Museums of South Africa will host an exhibition entitled: Impressions of Rorke’s Drift - The Jumuna Collectionat the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) from 23 July until 2 November 2014.
Iziko Museums of Africa is celebrating 20 Years of Democracy through the exhibition: ‘Brave New World’...20 Years of Democracy, on display at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) until 1 November 2014. The exhibition commemorates this major milestone through a selection of works from ISANG’s Permanent Collection, acquired between 1994 and 2014.
Iziko Museums of South Africa will host the exhibition: “There’s something I must tell you” by artist, Sue Williamson, on 27 June until 30 June 2015. This exhibition focuses on women activists involved in the political struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and the artist’s latest work, an installation documenting conversations between iconic women involved in the struggle and their Born Free granddaughters. The exhibition reveals a timeline across three bodies of work, moving from the 80s to current work set against a theme of women’s involvement in the struggle for democracy.
“Riason Naidoo was employed by Iziko Museums of South Africa on a fixed term contract. From the outset, Riason was aware that his contract would expire at the end of April 2014. Iziko has no further comment. Iziko will continue in future to provide the same exceptional quality art exhibitions that the public have always enjoyed.” says Rooksana Omar, CEO Iziko.
Iziko Museums of South Africa will be closed on Workers’ Day 1 May, 2014 and on 7 May, 2014 for Election Day.
We believe our museums belong to all South Africans and that they must represent the memories, identities, culture and natural and social heritage of all South Africans and a new worldview. Thus, in the next five years, Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) aims to propel our museums into a new era, to ensure they serve the needs of future generations of South Africans. Iziko CEO, Ms Rooksana Omar, sheds light on the Museum’s strategic plan for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2019.
As the weather gets cooler, things are cooking at Iziko Museums of South Africa. Join us for a feast of commemorative day events and fun activities that will keep families and children entertained.
We are celebrating 20 years of freedom, and South Africans of all walks of life are excited about where we’ve come from, and optimistic about where we’re going. Over this period, we mark a number of politically and socially significant commemorative days, including Freedom Day on 27 April; Africa Day on 25 May; and Youth Day on 16 June; as well as International Museum Day on 18 May 2014. Museums are at the heart of these celebrations, and we welcome visitors to walk the road with us to discover and commemorate our history as a nation.
Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with Autograph ABP, host the first retrospective museum exhibition in Africa of Nigerian-born artist, Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s photographs. This first major retrospective in an African art museum comes at a time when many countries on the continent, including Nigeria, have enacted harsh legislation to enforce rigid norms in terms of human sexuality. EntitledRotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989): Traces of Ecstasy, the exhibition opened to critical review at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 12 February 2014.