Media and press releases – News

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Iziko’s Koopmans-de Wet House almost 100 years old

  • Nov 25, 2013

Nearly one hundred years ago, on Tuesday, 10 March 1914, Koopmans-de Wet House opened its doors as a museum for the first time. The next day the Cape Times reported that each room in this “charming domestic and artistic museum” had been restored “as nearly as possible to its original condition at the end of the eighteenth century,” signifying the birth of South Africa’s first, and therefore oldest, house museum. Although centenary celebrations will focus mainly on Women’s month (August), a special centenary event is also planned for this Provincial Heritage Site on 10 March 2014.


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Flying the Flag for South African Art

  • Nov 25, 2013

Following a highly successful South Africa-France Season in 2012, relations with France is once again a key focus. A Portrait of South Africa – George Hallett, Peter Clarke & Gerard Sekotois an exhibition of photographs, paintings and works on paper by these three prominent South African artists. Curated by the Iziko South African National Gallery, this exhibition is currently on view at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris.


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Sibande’s The Purple shall govern at ISANG

  • Nov 21, 2013

Johannesburg based artist, the 30 year old Mary Sibande, is the recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art 2013.  An exhibition of her work entitled: ‘The Purple shall govern’ will open at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 28 November 2013. For Sibande, the Standard Bank Young Artist Award means personal growth - a validation of years of hard work - and is an expression of the appreciation of her development as an artist.


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A Portrait of South Africa: George Hallett, Peter Clarke & Gerard Sekoto

  • Oct 30, 2013

The South African Season in France will see over 1,000 artists, cultural heritage practitioners, academics, children and sportsmen from South Africa travel to France to take part in a multi-faceted collaboration between the two countries. The aim of the Season is to strengthen people-to-people contact between France and South Africa.


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Between Words and Images

  • Oct 14, 2013

Between Words and Images, an interactive sound installation at the Iziko Rust en Vreugd museum, is the result of collaboration between curator, Ernestine White and poet, Toni Stuart. The installation dramatises the imagined experiences of an unknown woman, as illustrated and narrated in the late 18th century travelogue of French explorer, François Le Vaillant.


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BirdLife South Africa prepares for SOS Festival 2013

  • Oct 8, 2013

BirdLife South Africa, Iziko Museums of South Africa and the Department of Environmental Affairs will be hosting their annual SOS Festival from 7-13 October 2013.The Festival, a National Marine Week initiative, has run annually since 2009. The Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust became the major sponsor for the festival in 2012, and this year GreenMatter has joined as a strategic partner, adding events geared towards promoting marine biodiversity skills needs and career opportunities.


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Heritage Week at Iziko

  • Sep 13, 2013

Reclaim, restore and celebrate our living heritage on 24 September, with free entrance to all Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko).  Connect with family and friends for a fun-filled day of art, dance, discussions and performances. Iziko, in collaboration with the Company’s Garden Precinct Stakeholders group, will host the in_herit festival on 24 September.


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Fashion Meets Art at ISANG

  • Sep 11, 2013

The much-debated question “is fashion art?” came to mind when the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) was chosen as one of the iconic venues for the Cape Town Fashion Week this year.


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OPENING ‘PLATO’S CAVE’: THE LEGACY OF KEVIN ATKINSON, 1939-2007

  • Sep 10, 2013

Opening ‘Plato’s Cave’: The Legacy of Kevin Atkinson (1939-2007),is a landmark exhibition on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery, showcases the work of one of South Africa’s foremost but least understood abstract artists. This posthumous tribute to Atkinson, hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa, is an acknowledgement of the impressive contribution that he made to South African art.


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Iziko Marine Biologists Visit the Natural History Museum, London

  • Sep 10, 2013

Iziko scientists Dr Wayne Florence (project supervisor), Mr Dylan Clarke and Ms Melissa Boonzaaier (Natural History Department) spent about two months at the Natural History Museum in London (NHMUK). From this (short) research visit, the staff members have gained improved knowledge of marine invertebrate taxonomy and collections management procedures, and hope that collaborative projects will open doors, create opportunities and unlock primary biodiversity data.


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Multiple Visit Card

  • Sep 10, 2013

Iziko Museums of South Africa will launch a Multiple Visit Card for adults and children during the third quarter of 2013.


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Heritage Week at Iziko

  • Sep 10, 2013

Iziko Museums of South Africa hosts Heritage Week 2013 under the banner, "Reclaim Heritage. Restore Heritage. Celebrate Heriatge."