By Beaven Dhliwayo
Harare – The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) will tomorrow celebrate the International Museum Day with schools and the general public which is running under the theme “Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”.
In a statement on Wednesday NGZ said the occasion is to raise awareness on the importance of museums in the sustainable development of societies.
NGZ said the occasion will also provide museum professionals from different parts of the globe to meet the public and alert them of challenges museums are facing.
“In celebrating this day the Gallery recognises the importance of museums as an integral part of society, fostering means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among societies.
“Each year the day is celebrated under a different theme and this year’s theme places focus on the role that museums play peacefully addressing traumatic histories by mediating and expressing multiple points of view.
“A Contested History discusses the historiography of Reconstruction that is the way that historians have remembered, written about, interpreted, and taught specific historical eras and events through the generations.
“Saying the unspeakable in museums looks at how to understand the incomprehensible aspects of the contested histories inherent to the human race.
Meanwhile, the International Museum Day 2017 will coincide with the Tavatose/ Sisonke Schools Northern Region Exhibition which will be officially opened by NGZ on the 18th of May.
The schools exhibition is brought by the NGZ in partnership with the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) under the theme “Celebrating Time- with the environment in mind”.
The organizers said the exhibition is a show based on unity and brings pupils from different backgrounds together to express themselves through art.
NGZ said it is also based on developing a greater awareness of the importance of keeping the environment clean, around issues of improper handling of waste and its risks to the environment and human health at an early age.
“The festivities will start at 9 am at the Gallery and will feature the opening and prize giving ceremony of the Tavatose/ Sisonke Schools Annual Exhibition Northern Region at 10 am.
“There will also be a tour of the running exhibitions including an exhibition of some works in the Permanent Collection, focusing on 18th century and mid 20th century artists as well as Zimbabwean contemporary artists.
“This is meant to address the requirements of students who will be sitting for their Cambridge exams which require them to know local contemporary artists,” said Education Officer at NGZ, Akim Nyakudya.
Nyakudya added that there will be entertainment from students such as poetry, dance and music and refreshments will be provided and entry into the Gallery will also be free for everyone.
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe is an Art Museum that has been open since 1957, documenting Zimbabwe’s socio -cultural and political heritage from the colonial era to post Independence through artist training, art exhibitions and it’s Permanent Collection of works.0