University of Cape Town Irma Stern Museum and Art Gallery
Permanent collection of Irma Stern's work and personal collections of art housed in her former home. Regular contemporary exhibition venue. This museum is dedicated to the works and art collection of Irma Stern (1894-1966), one of South Africa's greatest painters. The museum is administered by the University of Cape Town and occupies the Firs, the artist's home for 38 years. University of Cape Town, Irma Stern Museum is governed by the University of Cape Town and the Trustees of the Irma Stern Estate.
Exhibitions by Irma Stern were well-received in Europe as early as the 1920's, but it was not until decades later that her work was fully appreciated by conservative critics in South African.
Her home, situated near UCT's Lower Campus in Rosebank, Cape Town, was transformed into the Irma Stern Museum in 1971 and houses a comprehensive collection of the artist's work, as well as her private collection of antique furniture and African art. It is now a museum with over 200 of her works as well as antiques and other objets d'art. The permanent collection on display shows Irma Stern's development as an artist. Her subject matter included exotic figures, portraits, lush landscapes and still lifes conveyed in a variety of media, ranging from oils and water colours to gouache and charcoal. A lively temporary exhibition programme is arranged annually and visitors can enjoy the garden.
She travelled extensively throughout her life, and especially enjoyed the Congo and the Zanzibar, which gave inspiration to much of her work. While travelling, she collected many artefacts which are still on display in the preserved decor of her home.
Various collections assembled by Irma create an extraordinarly rich and highly individual domestic environment which reflect the artist's interests and tastes. The furniture, ceramics and textiles from many parts of the world including Europe, Africa and the East are not confined to a particular period. Instead artifacts date from classical and medieval times to those designed in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Situated in a beautiful, quiet and leafy part of Rosebank, the Coach House is within walking distance of the University of Cape Town (UCT), the Baxter Theatre and within easy access to central Cape Town, the Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens and all major tourist attractions.
Tuesday - Saturday: 10h00-17h00
Contact - University of Cape Town (UCT) Irma Stern Museum and Art Gallery
The Firs, Cecil Road, Rosebank
Cape Town, Western Cape 7700 South Africa
Tel: +27(0)21 685 5686
UCT Irma Stern Museum On The Web: http://www.irmastern.co.za/