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Scientists are now able to easily identify parasitoid wasps, occurring in the African and Madagascan regions, via free online resources. The initiative, launched by Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Swedish Museum of Natural History, aims to facilitate future research on the ecologically and agriculturally important parasitoid wasps.
Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting a retrospective exhibition of works by South African artist and former political activist, Omar Badsha. The exhibition entitled Seedtime, will be displayed at the Iziko South African National Gallery, and showcases Badsha’s early drawings, artworks and celebrated photographic essays, spanning a period of 50 years.
The Groot Constantia Manor House Museum will re-open to the public this weekend. The historic core at the Groot Constantia Wine Estate is managed by Iziko Museums of South Africa.
Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting an exhibition of paintings by the well-known Cape Town maritime artist, Peter Bilas. The exhibition entitled Gateway to Antarctica is curated by the Ship Society of South Africa in association with Stellenbosch University and GAC shipping. Gateway to Antarctica is comprised of 11 paintings depicting historical ships that have visited the Antarctic region, and will be publicly displayed for the first time at the Iziko Maritime Centre in Union-Castle House, V&A Waterfront.
Celebrate Human Rights Day with free entry to Iziko Museums of South Africa*. Museums are places of engagement and wonder, providing the opportunity to travel through time, delving into the past. Experience a day of family fun exploring our history, art and culture. Bring your picnic basket and enjoy the lively melodies of the Cape Town Festival concert, in the Iziko Amphitheatre, Company’s Gardens from 10h00.
The Groot Constantia Manor House Museum, managed by Iziko Museums of South Africa, located on one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, will be closed to the public until further notice.
An exciting international exhibition entitled Shared Sky was opened by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor at the Iziko South African National Gallery today, 13 February 2015. Transcending continents, Shared Sky brings together South African and Australian artists in a collaborative exhibition celebrating humanity’s ancient cultural wisdom, alongside one of the world’s greatest scientific and engineering endeavours: the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). This fascinating art/astronomy exhibition is hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa in partnership with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation, SKA South Africa, SKA Australia, and Curtin University Australia’s Institute of Radio Astronomy.
The last week of February promises to be a feast of art and culture in Cape Town. Visitors to the City will be spoiled, with events such as the Cape Town Art Fair (25 Feb – 1 Mar); Design Indaba (25 – 27 Feb); Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa gala event (28 Feb); and the second annual Guild Design Fair (24 Feb – 1 Mar) all planned over this period.
A special exhibition titled Tata Madiba: Father of our Democracy, Father of our Nation is currently on show at the Iziko South African Museum. Commemorating his passing, this exhibition honours the legacy of the beloved former President by exploring his life and role as a struggle hero during apartheid.
Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting an exhibition by acclaimed South African contemporary artist, Penny Siopis. Entitled Time and Again, this retrospective survey into her artistic career will be displayed at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) from 18 December 2014. This exhibition reflects over three decades of Siopis’ creative production, and draws on the recurring themes of history, sexuality, race, memory, estrangement and violence.
Catch two brand-new Planetarium shows at the Planetarium, Iziko South African Museum!
Full Circle: Star lore comes back to Africa is a stimulating and thought-provoking show that will appeal to all ages, while Davy Dragon and the Star City is a must-see for all those budding astronomers.
Celebrate summer at Iziko Museums of South Africa and find a cool place to explore art, nature, people and more. Visitors can look forward to a series of new exhibitions, Planetarium shows and holiday workshops, including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which celebrates its 50th anniversary at the Iziko South African Museum. Beat the school-holiday boredom blues and enjoy our half-price holiday discount for kids and accompanying adults at all our museums, from 12 December until 21 January 2015 (excluding the Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope).