ApartheidMandela My Life: The Official ExhibitionMelbourneMelbourne MuseumNelson MandelaSouth AfricaSouth African historyThe Mandela Foundation Opened on 22 September at the Melbourne Museum and running until 3 March, 2019 is a collaborative exhibition of the former South African President titled Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition.Visitors will have the chance to examine the extraordinary personal life of Nelson Mandela. Produced by iEC Exhibitions, TEG Live and Museums Victoria, in full collaboration with The Nelson Mandela Foundation of South Africa, this brand-new world class exhibition has opened exclusively in Melbourne before embarking on a five-year world-wide tour from 2019.The expertly curated exhibition will feature the most comprehensive collection of original artefacts, documents, personal items and artworks ever to be shown outside of South Africa. With more than 200 artefacts from The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Nelson Mandela’s private collection, this official exhibition has been curated across 10 galleries in the Touring Hall at Melbourne Museum, guiding visitors through a multi-sensory and interactive display.Highlights of the exhibition include:The moment Mandela puts apartheid on trial, through an original sound recording of his Trial speech in 1964, accompanied by a powerful new film piece placing visitors in the courtroom as he delivers his speech.A seven-metre long scenic projection of Mandela’s childhood journey and his family.Personal photographs of Mandela with his first wife Evelyn and their children, and his second marriage to Winnie.His covert operations when he was dubbed the Black Pimpernel. The earliest known film footage of Mandela during a break in the Treason Trial is displayed in this gallery.Mandela’s life in prison highlighted through film and photographs of the isolated prison at Robben Island. Letters between Mandela and his family and audio of Mandela personally recounting his experiences provide an insight into the emotional impact of his long imprisonment.See and hear the events of Mandela’s first day of freedom on 11 February 1990 when he was released from Victor Verster prison. A wall of film, images and sound shows the progression of Mandela from that very first day, to his election and inauguration as South Africa’s first democratically elected President.Mandela’s Presidency as shown through film, photographs and objects. His original appointments diary from 1997 will be displayed, along with mementos of his inauguration in 1994.Original chairs from Mandela’s post Presidential office at his Foundation in Johannesburg in which he met and talked with many of the hundreds of world leaders, celebrities and people who sought him out during his retirement. A selection of some of Mandela’s favourite original ‘Madiba Shirts’, the colourful patterned shirts he became famous for wearing, will also be on display. Included in this gallery is the boxing glove signed and gifted by Muhammad Ali to Mandela, who was an avid boxing fan and met Ali several times after 1990.Sixteen original artworks by acclaimed South African artist, John Meyer, are on display with each depicting an event or theme of Mandela’s life as imagined by the artist.Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition22 September 2018 – 3 March 2019 Melbourne Museum11 Nicholson StreetCarlton, VIC.Tickets are on sale now at ticketek.com.au.Opening image credit: Keith Bernstein.