On 2 November 2021, the UCT Irma Stern Museum rang with the laughter, stories, memories and emotions of Madeira. As part of the exhibition Memórias da Madeira, the museum hosted a number of Madeirans who, though born on the island, as children moved with their families to South Africa. Over traditional treats such as Rebuçados de Funcho and Pastéis de Nata, the conversation ranged from festivities and village-specific specialities to the difficulties of fishing life. For the museum team, it was a special treat to see how paintings, sketches and drawings Irma Stern made in Madeira rekindled memories. Victor Henriques, Chairperson of the
Renowned contemporary artist Athi-Patra Ruga takes up residence in the iconic Irma Stern’s home-turned-museum The UCT Irma Stern Museum welcomes highly respected contemporary artist Athi-Patra Ruga as artist-in-residence for three months from November 2021 onwards. The residency will build up to an exhibition of new works combined with a retrospective, set to open on 19 March 2022. The retrospective will feature select examples of Ruga’s iconic tapestries from the period 2009–2018, which reference paintings done by Irma Stern during her 1943 and 1946 expeditions to central Africa. Since 2008, Ruga’s work has been in conversation with the art of Stern, reworking such
From mid-September 2021, the UCT Irma Stern Museum will host works by sculptor Right Mukore and crafter Mthobeli Aaron Bakana. This project is realised in collaboration with the Montebello Design Centre in Cape Town. Right and Aaron will be showing an oft-changing selection of work in the museum's Secret Garden for the coming months. Right Mukore studied art at Konimara School of Art in Zimbabwe and now works from Montebello Design Centre. Right uses power tools and hand-carving to create wood sculptures from felled trees – some of which are massive in size. The sculptures seem to be almost mystical beings
Jonathan Fritz has tended to the Secret Garden at the museum for close to forty years. Warmly referred to by the team as “Uncle Jonathan, he is retiring this year. To celebrate and thank him, the team of the UCT Irma Stern Museum has put together a video. Thank you, Jonathan, for the joy your garden has brought to visitors and staff of the museum!
Curated by Prof. Michael Godby. May–July 2021. We have compiled videos of the opening event with Prof. Lize van Robbroeck of Stellenbosch University's Visual Arts Department, and the exhibition, a chapter from the exhibition catalogue (and where to purchase it) and about the exhibition itself. The exhibition was opened at the UCT Irma Stern Museum on 26 May 2021, with a small group of friends, family and lenders there to celebrate the occasion. Sadly the COVID-19 restrictions at the time did not allow for a larger audience. This video is the opening address given at the event by Professor Lize van