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Athi & Irma …an intervention

Mar 31 - Jun 18 2022

Athi & Irma …an intervention


Athi-Patra Ruga has been artist in residence at the UCT Irma Stern Museum November 2021–March 2022. This is an exhibition of works he produced in residence and select loan works. See also: Irma & Athi - Athi-Patra Ruga as artist in residence at the UCT Irma Stern Museum


Be part of this project by joining us for these events at the museum. We encourage pre-booking your attendance via email to or phone 021 650 7240 / 060 827 0787.
09/04 + 12/05: Walkabouts led by Athi-Patra Ruga
Spend time in the exhibition with the artist.
Date and times: Sat 9 April 2022 10:30 - 12:30 | Thurs 12 May 2022 14:00 – 16:00
Price: Regular admission fees apply
14/05: Discussion with Athi-Patra Ruga and guests
Join Athi and invited guests as they speak about Athi's decades-long engagement with the work of Irma Stern.
Date and times: Sat 14 May 2022 10:30 – 12:00
Price: Regular admission fees apply
13/04 + 03/05: Walkabouts led by the museum director
Explore the themes of the exhibition in an informal tour with Irma Stern Museum Director Nadja Daehnke.
Date and times: Wed 13 April 2022 10:30 – 12:30 | Tue 3 May 2022 14:00 – 16:00
Price: Regular admission fees apply
24/05 + 04/06: Workshop "Old Meets New"
Led by the Irma Stern Museum Curator and Educator Nobukho Nqaba, this practical workshop is inspired by Athi Patra Ruga's fascination with Irma Stern's work. Athi has spent an enormous amount of time engaging with Stern's work, unpacking key themes. Workshop participants will similarly engage with Irma Stern's work and practise the "radical act of looking and speaking about what artists do" (Patra, 2022).
At the workshop, you will look at Irma Stern and Athi Patra Ruga's work, pairing these with other South African artists like George Pemba, Gerard Sekoto, Gladys Mgudlandlu, Walter Battiss, Alexis Preller, Dumile Feni and Robert Hodgins. You will create your own remix inspired by Irma and Athis' work; hence the theme Old Meets New.
Date and times: Tue 24 May 2022 11:30 – 13:00 | Sat 4 June 2022 11:30 - 13:00
Price: R 250 incl. workshop materials and refreshments
  Part of the 50 Years Irma Stern Museum programme
50 Years Irma Stern Museum
  • Mar 31 - Jun 18 2022

  • Irma Stern Museum



Athi & Irma START



Walkabout Athi



Discussion with Athi Patra Ruga and guests



Walkabout Athi



Athi & Irma END

Exhibition and selected events

Thu + Fri: 10 am ‒ 5 pm
Sat: 10 am ‒ 2 pm

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

21 Cecil Road, Rosebank, Cape Town
0608 270 787 (Mobile)
021 650 7240 (Office)