Media and press releases – News

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Ceramics Stolen from Groot Constantia Manor House

  • May 23, 2012

Iziko Museums is responsible for the management of the historic precinct at the Groot Constantia Estate.  Upon opening the Manor House on the morning of 21 May 2012, staff discovered that certain valuable items from the collection had been stolen. The matter has been reported to the South African Police Services, Iziko Museums is working closely with senior police officials and a full-scale investigation is currently underway. 


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Looking to the Future on International Museum Day!

  • May 15, 2012

Celebrate International Museum Day on 18 May 2012 and visit Iziko Museums and selected Planetarium shows for *Free (excluding the Castle of Good Hope). In the digital era of new media, social networks and new technology, Iziko Museums is looking to the future. The theme: “Museums in a Changing World. New Challenges, New inspirations,” contextualizes the role of museums in a changing society. 


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Community Punching Bags

  • May 8, 2012

The “Community Punching Bags” or “CPBs” project is an artwork by Johann van der Schijff in collaboration with art teachers and high school learners from and around Cape Town. Johann is an artist and lecturer at The Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. The collaborating art teachers and Grade 10 learners are from Livingstone High School (Claremont), Camps Bay High, Heideveld Senior Secondary School, Fish Hoek High, and Isilimela High School (Langa).


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CANDICE BREITZ: EXTRA!

  • Apr 26, 2012

On view at the South African National Gallery from 26 April to 22 July 2012, Candice BreitzExtra! presents a substantial body of the artist’s work to Cape audiences for the first time. The exhibition debuted earlier this year with a highly successful run at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg. Breitz, who was born in Johannesburg but now lives and works in Berlin, has established a significant international reputation and has exhibited her photographs and video installations worldwide.


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Arab Priest

  • Apr 26, 2012

Iziko Museums is proud to partner with the Department of Art and Culture, the South African Heritage Resources Agency and the Qatar Museums Authority, in hosting the artwork, Arab Priest by Irma Stern, at the Iziko South African National Gallery.


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Iqholo le Afrika (Her African Pride)

  • Mar 12, 2012

Iziko Museums in collaboration with the Campbell Collections of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, proudly presents Iqholo le Afrika:  A Centenary Celebration of the Life and Work of Barbara Tyrrell.  An event marking her 100th birthday on 15 March 2012 will launch the exhibition at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) which opens to the public the following day.


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FIRED’ – an exhibition of South African ceramics

  • Feb 22, 2012

‘FIRED’ – an exhibition of South African ceramics will open in the Granary at the Castle of Good Hope on 26 February 2012. The exhibition will be launched by leading South African ceramic artists, Hylton Nel and Andile Dyalvane on Saturday, 25 February at 10:30 am.


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Searching for our early ancestors- ancient fossils, new information

  • Feb 15, 2012

“The search for our early ancestors” will open at the Iziko South African Museum on 18 February 2012 with a public lecture at 11am, by Prof. Lee Berger. The exhibition provides viewers with an introduction to Australopithecus sediba, a small upright, tree climbing hominin who lived in the African savanna nearly 2 million years ago.


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Iziko Summer School 2012: Thoughtful Reflections on our Art, History and Heritage.

  • Jan 23, 2012

Iziko Museums hosts its annual Summer School from 4-25 February 2012. Museums play an important role in collecting, conserving and connecting people to our cultural heritage.


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For Future Generations - Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music’

  • Nov 4, 2011

The Iziko Social History Collections department will be hosting the travelling exhibition: ‘For Future Generations - Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music’ at the Iziko Good Hope Gallery, Castle of Good Hope from 19 November 2011 until 31 March 2012. 


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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.


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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.