Media and press releases – News
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.
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.
Iziko Museums of South Africa will launch a Multiple Visit Card for adults and children during the third quarter of 2013.
Iziko Museums of South Africa hosts Heritage Week 2013 under the banner, "Reclaim Heritage. Restore Heritage. Celebrate Heriatge."
Upcoming and current exhibitions, planetarium shows, education and public programmes and events, and ‘friends’ activities currently on at Iziko Museums of South Africa.
Iziko museums attract South African visitors from all walks of life, as well as other parts of the world. Our visitors always express themselves, either through the visitor comments books or via our social media platforms.
Visitors to the Iziko Maritime Centre at the popular V&A Waterfront are able to view a scale model of Cape Town Harbour and come to an appreciation of this man-made marvel. The scale model of the harbour was built in 1885 for the Indian and Colonial Exhibition held in London during 1886.
Super luxury hotel, Taj Cape Town, has partnered with premier cultural heritage institution, Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko). Through this partnership, guests will have the opportunity to experience ‘behind-the-scenes’, specialised tours of how historical institutions are curated and managed in the Mother City.
The storerooms of the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) hold many fine treasures seldom on display because of the acute space constraints of the present building, which was first opened 83 years ago.
The Iziko Maritime Centre at the V&A Waterfront features an overview of shipping in Cape Town. While shipping may be all but obsolete in a modern era of air travel, the nostalgia of seafaring is tangible in this port city that had its colonial origins as a refreshment station for ships on their way to and from the East.
Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, reminded South Africans that September is Heritage Month; a month to celebrate our common heritage. On the occasion of the New Age breakfast held on 3 September 2013, he said that the theme for this year’s Heritage Month, ‘Reclaiming, Restoring and Celebrating our Living Heritage’ is, “a call to recognise the importance of our tangible heritage; our museums, commemorative sites and interpretation centres, in building an inclusive society”.
“The Difference Loom,” an exhibition exploring textiles and technology, is about our making and thinking, of textiles, art, technology and cultural values. We sense the body in textiles, but not in technology. We discern the analytical in technology, but not in weavings. This exhibition is about those perceptions/disconnections, explored in that area where textiles and technology intersect.