Media and press releases – News


Richard Long: Karoo Highveld exhibition - a continental first!

  • Oct 28, 2011

Richard Long: Karoo Highveld is the first showing of the work by British artist Richard Long in South Africa, and, indeed, the first on the African continent. Shortly after Long graduated from the prestigious London art school Central St Martins, he made his first trip to Africa in 1969 to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. His journey culminated with his creating, and then leaving, a sculpture on the summit.


Save Our Seabirds (SOS) Festival 2011

  • Oct 5, 2011

Cape Town, 5 October: The Save Our Seabirds Festival is a National Marine Week initiative from BirdLife South Africa. It will run from 10-16 October 2011, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs, Iziko Museums and the V&A Waterfront and will focus public awareness on marine conservation issues and the successful measures to address these.


Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke

  • Oct 3, 2011

About to open at the Iziko South African National Gallery is ‘Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke’, which runs from 20 October 2011 – 19 February 2012. The exhibition is aimed at honouring Clarke’s life, work and contribution to art in South Africa. It is a real celebration for the people of Cape Town and the residents of Ocean View in particular.



  • Sep 26, 2011

The Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Visual Art exhibition, Nandipha Mntambo: Faena, opens at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 28 September 2011. For 28-year old Nandipha Mntambo, cowhide is the primary medium used to express her passion for challenging societal and cultural norms.


Heritage Day at Iziko Museums FREE Entry for ALL

  • Sep 19, 2011

Iziko Museums, promises to be abuzz with excitement and activity on Heritage Day, 24 September 2011. The programme observes the national heritage week theme: “Celebrating Heroes and Heroines of the Liberation Struggle in South Africa.”  The celebration, jam-packed with thought provoking discussions, electrifying performances, film screenings and tours, kicks off in the Amphitheatre at the Iziko South African Museum at 10am.

Public discussions focus on Steve Biko and Anton Lubowski – two prominent liberation struggle heroes

  • Sep 9, 2011

Public discussions focus on Steve Biko and Anton Lubowski – two prominent liberation struggle heroes

Steve Biko and Anton Lubowski are two of the liberation struggle icons to feature in two public discussions to be held on Heritage Day at the TH Barry Lecture Theatre, SA Museum, the highlight of a jam-packed Heritage Week commemoration. 


Exhibition opening – ‘EVER YOUNG: JAMES BARNOR

  • Sep 8, 2011

7 September 2011 – 29 January 2012

The Iziko South African National Gallery, in association with Autograph ABP, presents local audiences with the opportunity to view, for the first time, the work of Ghanaian photographer James Barnor, studio portraitist, photojournalist and photographer for Drum magazine


Celebrate Heritage Week with *FREE Entry for ALL at Iziko Museums

  • Sep 2, 2011

Iziko Museums from 19 – 25 September 2011

Heritage Week (19-25 September) is an exciting time at Iziko Museums. ‘See things differently’ and gain fresh perspective on our diverse cultural heritage. The national Heritage Week theme: “Celebrating Heroes and Heroines of the Liberation Struggle in South Africa”, has informed the creation of a dynamic and multifaceted programme.



Iziko Planetarium hosts SkySkan, a full-dome immersive extravaganza!

  • Sep 2, 2011

SkySkan, global leaders in digital planetarium technology, will be hosted by the Iziko Planetarium from 3 – 11 September 2011.  The Iziko Planetarium and SkySkan will offer audiences the unique opportunity to experience fully immersive full-dome planetarium presentations. Multiple-projector video projections seamlessly blend together animations, images and composite environments to create a full-dome image that completely covers the hemispherical projection surface. 


Wonderful world of wasp’s

  • Aug 23, 2011

A presentation by Iziko Museums, Curator of Entomology, Dr. Simon Van Noort, will precede the opening of the exhibition, ‘Wonderful world of wasps’ at the Iziko South African Museum on 27 August 2011. The exhibition, based on his research, includes over 100 photographs illustrating the spectacular diversity of form, colour and biology present in this group of ecologically and economically important insects.


Sounds and Silences of a San Archive

  • Aug 19, 2011

Iziko Social History presents, ‘Sounds and Silences of a San Archive,’ an exhibition at the Iziko Bertram House in celebration of the centenary of Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd’s landmark publication “Specimens of Bushman folklore”.


Siliva Zulu at the Iziko Slave Lodge

  • Jul 22, 2011

Siliva Zulu,’ an exhibition of black and white photographs taken by controversial Italian anthropologist Lidio Cipriani (1892-1962) will open at the Iziko Slave Lodge from 15 August 2011 until 30 April 2012.