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Newsletter 6/23

Portrait picture of Irma Stern, 1936, published in "The Argus" newspaper

Newsletter 6/23

Exhibition and Walkabout: ‘Rethinking Irma Stern’

In 2022, the Irma Stern™ Museum initiated a partnership with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) on a project called ‘Rethinking Irma Stern’. We are excited to host the second ‘Rethinking Irma Stern’ project this year.

For this initiative, all WCED Grade 11 Visual Art and Design learners were invited to visit the Irma Stern Museum or view the museum’s website to analyse, re-think and re-interpret the work of Irma Stern in an art or design piece of their own. The learners who came to the museum had great fun participating in practical three-hour workshops and guided tours.

Come see the exhibition of selected learners’ art and design from 20 September to 12 October at the Irma Stern Museum. An independent panel of artist-educators chose seventy-two works for this exhibition – not an easy task, given the talent and imagination shown in the learners’ art. Do pop by the museum to see the creativity of the next generation of South African artists and designers.


  • 20 September to 12 October 2023

Walkabout with curator and educator Nobukho Nqaba: 

  • Date: 27 September 2023
  • Time: 15.30 – 16.30
  • No booking required

‘How I Began to Paint’ Exhibition

Join museum Director Nadja Daehnke in a discussion of the ‘How I Began to Paint’ exhibition. This exhibition opened in 2022 to mark a hundred years since Stern held her first and notoriously poorly reviewed South African solo exhibition. Nadja will talk you through the research process behind ‘How I Began to Paint’, exploring central themes in Stern’s early work and experiences.

Talk with Director Nadja Daehnke: 

  • Date: 21 September 2023
  • Time: 15.00 – 16.30
  • To book, please contact Lucinda at:

Irma Stern Remembered

In July, the Irma Stern Museum embarked on the vital project of recording and archiving memories of people who had met Irma Stern or whose parents knew Stern. The project continues, recording stories that give us new insight into Stern and help us gain a fuller appreciation of Irma Stern as a significant artist and inspiring, complex figure.

As an inspiration, click below to have a look at a video in which Amanda Botha recounts her memories of Stern: 

Have you or your family met Irma Stern? Please get in touch with Lucinda at or 021 650 7244  if you, too, have stories and information you would like to share. 

With best wishes from the ISM Team

Picture: A portrait photograph of Irma Stern from the newspaper article ‘How I Began to Paint’ (‘The Argus’, 1936).

Wed – Fri: 10 am ‒ 5 pm
Sat: 10 am ‒ 2 pm

Adults: R65
U18s, students, pensioners, UCT staff: free

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