The Life & Times of Nelson Mandela

The Life & Times of Nelson Mandela

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This exhibition begins at the front entrance of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and ends in what was Nelson Mandela’s post-presidential office from 2002 to 2010.

Curated by the Foundation’s Research and Archive team and designed by Trace Media, the exhibition offers a perspective on Mandela’s life within the contexts of colonialism, apartheid and democracy.

The narrative is carried by short text panels and a diverse range of other elements – artefacts, documents, photographs, film, sound recordings and special installations.

Two elements make this exhibition unique:

  • The displays of artefacts and documents from Mandela’s private archive
  • The walk-in feature of Mandela’s post-presidential office, preserved as it was the last time he used it

For the Foundation the exhibition must remain a work-in-progress, constantly being refreshed, updated and enhanced. It will always be brought into conversation with smaller-scale temporary exhibitions mounted in the adjacent foyer area.