Sasol Art Museum - University of Stellenbosch Museum

Sasol Art Museum - University of Stellenbosch Museum

Items of art, cultural history, anthropology and archaeology are on display. There are also reproductions of San rock art and examples of San household and ritual objects, clothing and weaponry.

The Stellenbosch Village Museum (18 Van Ryneveld Street) is set for a beautiful insight into the town and its rich history. The museum, set in the oldest part of Stellenbosch, is divided into four historical houses and gardens, each reflecting a different architectural period with some beautiful Cape Dutch architecture. Across the road and further on you will find the Stellenbosch Art Gallery (corner of Van Riebeeck and Van Ryneveld) and the Sasol Art Museum (34 Van Ryneveld Street) Both buildings hold some impressive collections of art. Even those not interested in art will find a visit rewarding: It provides a good insight into the town and cultural aspects of the country and its people.

The University of Stellenbosch, known affectionately as "Maties" is a world-renowned Academic Institution. Two prominent U.S. museums, Sasol Art Museum and the University Gallery, house impressive artwork collections, together with many other galleries.

The Sasol Art Museum houses a permanent collection of over 3000 pieces belonging to the University of Stellenbosch. The collection features pieces related to South Africa's history, foreign artist works while in the country and many of South Africa's most reputed artists. In addition to the permanent collection the museum has a documented history of the university, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and graphics from the 19th and 20th centuries, and clothing, weaponry and ritual objects from Southern, Central and Western Africa.

Year Round Activities:

The Eben Donges Centre houses the University's permanent collections of art, cultural history, anthropology and presents temporary exhibitions of local and foreign artists. The Sasol Art Museum focuses particularly on educational aspects and community involvement. The US Art Gallery has regular exhibitions of works by contemporary artists and art students of the Stellenbosch University. These exhibitions have an educational emphasis and contribute to the current discourse in SA Art.

These exhibitions have an educational emphasis and contribute to the current discourse in SA Art. Last year the Seippel Gallery, in association with Art Source South Africa presented Mbongeni Buthelezi’s first national solo exhibition during September and October at the Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch University. The national exhibition tour also launched at the Pretoria Art Museum in May 2009.

After the Stellenbosch exhibition, it will travel to the Red Location Museum in Port Elizabeth and thereafter to art museums in Bloemfontein, Kimberley and Durban. The travelling exhibition of South African and French lithography, RENDEZVOUS focus Original Lithography presented at the Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch University from 20 January – 24 February 2010. The exhibition features worked by prominent International artists such as Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Yves Klein, Wassily Kandinsky and South Africans such as William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Judith Mason, Hanneke Benade, Tommy Motswai and Conrad Botes.

Tue - Fri: 09h00 - 16h30, Sat: 09h00 - 16h00

Contact Sasol Art Museum (University Museum), University of Stellenbosch

Visiting Address:
52 Ryneveld Street, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch.
Postal address:
Private Bag X 1, Matieland 7602, Stellenbosch
Tel: +27 21 808 3691/3/5, 021 8083693/3489, 021 808 3695
Fax: +27 21 808 3669
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Guides Tour:

Miriam Terblanche who is a registered tourist guide and was trained as an art museum guide at the SASOL Art Museum of the University of Stellenbosch. A four-day tour, highlights of which include visits to the South African National Gallery and the Rock Art Gallery (Iziko SA Museum) in Cape Town, the Sasol Art Museum and Rupert Art Museum in Stellenbosch, Bronze Age Foundry in Simon’s Town, as well as drives to villages such as Darling, Tulbagh, Franschhoek, etc. all having a lot to offer as far as art, architecture as well as beautiful scenery is concerned. Also one to two-hour guided visit to the Sasol Art Museum combined with a visit to the Botanical Garden of the University of Stellenbosch.
Contact Miriam Terblanche
Tel: 082 576 3802
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