#FindYourEscape: Mother City museum exhibitions to get lost in

2017-06-24 16:30 - Unathi Nkanjeni
Post a comment 0

Cape Town - If you are a museum-lover looking for ways to #FindYourEscape in the Mother City, we got you covered.

Cape Town is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations with some of the most iconic museum offerings taking a fascinating look into  South Africa's rich and complex history, culture and people. 

ALSO SEE: Zeitz Mocaa's Ballen photography centre to demystify the new nature of photography

Whether you’re into science, nature, history or art, the museum scene in Cape Town is nothing short of impressive. 

So put your best foot forward and venture into the city in search of the Mother City’s most fascinating, historical and innovative spaces. 

NOTE: A number of these museums are located in the city centre, all within walking distance of each other.

Here are our suggestions across the Mother City:

Museum Night V&A Waterfront (28 June)

Offering free admission to the public, with a number of other attractions offering half price admission.

The museum exhibitions are supported by an exciting programme of performances and walkabouts. Attendees do not require tickets for Museum Night. 

Just arrive at the Waterfront, decide on where you would like to start and use the printed programmes available to find your way around from there.

Where: V&A Waterfront

Cost: Free

Contact: Facebook

Gathering Strands by Lionel Davis ( 22 June - 01 October)

Opened at the Iziko South African National Gallery in June, this retrospective showcase celebrates four decades of creative production by artist, activist, educator and former District Six resident, Lionel Davis. 

Throughout his artistic life, Davis has relied on art making as a means to record and reflect on many of South Africa’s changes.

As an anti-Apartheid activist, political prisoner, and artist, Davis’ work echoes the country’s political and cultural shifts, whilst keeping the memory of his life in District Six alive. 

Coinciding with his 81st birthday, this exhibition celebrates his artistic contribution in local communities, schools and South Africa.

Where: Iziko South African National Gallery

Cost: Adults - R30, SA Students and pensioners - R15. 

Contact: Please contact the organisers directly on +27 (0)21 481 3800

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 ( Until 30 September)

The Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 exhibition is on again at the Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

50 intriguing images in 10 categories, 3 exclusively British Waters, with underwater behaviour and two new categories for Portrait and Compact, 100 finalists were selected from 20 countries including South Africa, Mexico, Finland, Indonesia, Egypt, Sudan, Norway, Canada, France, Italy and the UK.

Where: Chavonnes Battery Museum

Cost: Ranges from free for children under 16 yrs, R 100 Adults and R50 Seniors and students

Contact: +27 21 416 6230 /+27 82 417 5166

SEE: A glimpse of the deep blue: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 exhibition in Cape Town

At Face Value (until 15 December)

While most portraits focus on the face, others reveal more about the environment and social relationships, especially between an artist and a sitter.

Far from being mirror reflections, portraits are complex constructions of identity that serve a range of functions – from expressing power and declaring status, to make larger statements about society and historical context.

The snapshot and ‘selfie’ are the most contemporary forms of this art form.

Where: Iziko South African National Gallery

Cost: Free

Contact: +27 (0)21 481 3800

Digging Deeper 

Digging Deeper was chosen as the title and organising framework for the exhibition that opened in the newly renovated and restored District Six Museum building in Buitenkant Street in September 2000. 

The form of the exhibition is both multi-media and interdisciplinary, combining simple direct techniques with documentaries, digital and sound elements.

The exhibition attempts to provide a framework for interpretation and for the active engagement of visitors, in particular ex-residents of places affected by forced removals, and their descendants.

Where: District Six Museum

Cost: Adults R30 per person (Self -guide) / R45 per person (with an ex-resident / guide), R5 per scholar, R15 per international scholar and free for ex-residents of District Six and other areas of forced removals in SA.