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20 July 2018

An extensive exhibition on the life of Nelson Mandela will debut at Melbourne Museum on Saturday 22 September, showcasing personally and politically significant objects from Mandela’s life and career.

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition

Curated by Melbourne Museum in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation of South Africa, Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition will commemorate Nelson Mandela’s living legacy with the world in the year of his 100th birthday.

The first of many objects to be featured in the exhibition have been announced, including a boxing glove gifted by Muhammad Ali to Mandela, who was an avid boxing fan and met Ali several times after 1990.  Other objects include the shoes and walking cane used by Mandela in his senior years as well as some of his favourite so-called ‘Madiba shirts’ that brightened the corridors of power.

The exhibition will also feature a deep and rich archive of images, film and sound recordings including film footage of what is believed to be the earliest film of Nelson Mandela being interviewed during the ‘Treason Trial’ of 1956-1961.

Personal artefacts and documents, many of which have never-before left South Africa, will offer an insight into the world that shaped Mandela’s journey from the rural Transkei to the political world stage.

The 800m2 exhibition will also include artworks, original artefacts and genuine replications of rare content from the Nelson Mandela archives, including manuscripts from his writings in prison, taking visitors through a multi-sensory, interactive, educational and emotive journey of Mandela’s 95 years of life.

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition will be at Melbourne Museum from 22 September 2018 to 3 March 2019, before embarking on a 5-year, 20-city tour of the world.

Tickets are on sale now.

Visit Melbourne Museum for details