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Here’s what’s on at the Irma Stern Museum

Celebrate 50 years with art workshops, walkabouts and discussions

Last updated: Wednesday, 4 May 2022

The Irma Stern Museum turns 50 this year and in honour of its half centenary, the museum is hosting a series of exhibitions and events throughout the year. Join the celebrations by visiting the permanent exhibitions, taking part in workshops and walkabouts with internationally renowned artist Athi-Patra Ruga – you can even join an educational programme. 


The museum is located in the home of the late Irma Stern. Image: Irma Stern Museum

JOIN THE ATHI & IRMA CONVERSATION

From March to June, visitors can explore the contemporary art of Athi-Patra Ruga, a renowned South African artist. Ruga’s art has exhibited in Zeitz Mocaa, the Norval Foundation and at the Investec Art Fair. 


This is an exhibition of works Ruga produced during his time as a UCT resident and a selection of loan works. Image: Luke Doman (@lukebelldoman)

The exhibit “Athi & Irma…an intervention” creates a dialogue between the two artists, as Ruga’s work draws inspiration from the museum's current collection. His canvases will be hung among Stern’s pieces in the museum, and as part of the exhibition Ruga will present a number of learner engagements and walkabouts (see schedule below).


This project is part of Ruga’s ongoing interest in the late, celebrated painter. Image: Luke Doman (@lukebelldoman)

DATE

TIME

ACTIVITY

PRICE

12 MAY

2pm - 4pm

Walkabouts led by Athi-Patra Ruga

Regular admission fees apply

14 MAY

10.30am - 12pm

Discussion with Athi-Patra Ruga

Regular admission fees apply

24 MAY

11.30am - 1pm

Workshop “Old Meets New”

Regular admission fees apply

6 JUNE

11.30am - 1pm

Workshop “Old Meets New”

R250 incl. workshop materials and refreshments


VISIT IRMA STERN’S STUDIO

Stern’s permanent exhibition is hosted in her home, which includes her studio, lounge and the well-known dining room. Visitors are free to walk through the house and explore Stern’s famous portraits, and a series of biblical paintings and artefacts she collected from her widespread travels (including ancient Roman and Pre-Columbian American pieces).


The museum is a unique experience of the space Irma Stern worked and lived in. Image: Irma Stern Museum

There is also a lush garden, which you can stroll through. It’s open to all UCT students, staff and visitors. Host meetings, enjoy a picnic, linger on with a book and read under a tree or socialise.


The garden is also used as a venue for events. Image: Irma Stern Museum

OPT FOR A GUIDED TOUR

The museum offers a range of tours: Pop by any time for a walk-in tour (no extra charge), or book for a kids’ or school tour, which will be conducted by an education facilitator. Or you can book a private tour of the museum tailored to your specific interests. 


The private tours include a behind the scenes, The African Collection or An Evening with Irma. Image: Irma Stern Museum

TAKE PART IN EDUCATION PROGRAMMES

Parallel to the 50th anniversary celebration, the museum will continue running its ongoing education programmes. These include school leadership, materials for learners, as well as online classes. The museum will also host LGBTIQA+ Safe Space workshops weekly throughout most of the year.


The programme is aimed at school kids who are interested in visual arts, including  audio and video. Image: Irma Stern Museum

WHEN + WHERE TO GO 

Irma Stern Museum is open: Wednesday to Friday, 10am - 5pm; Saturday, 10am - 2pm
Find it: 21 Cecil Road | Rosebank | Cape Town
Price: General admission R65, free for under 18s, pensioners, students and UCT staff
Contact the museum on: 060 827 0787, irmastern@uct.ac.za, Instagram: @irma_stern_museum

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By Lara van Zyl

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