Irma Stern Museum


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Hidden behind a rather unattractive wall in Cecil Road in Rosebank, an adjoining suburb to Rondebosch, lies the house where one of South Africa's most revered artists lived, painted, and entertained for close to four decades. In comparison with the rest of the museum, the cramped front lobby feels a bit soulless, but as soon as you step into the colourful main house, you get a sense of the intriguing, eccentric character Stern must have been. The collection of artefacts from her travels through Africa and Europe includes a Congolese Buli stool that often features prominently in her paintings, as well as a mob of scary-looking masks from around the world. The red-carpeted sitting room, with ornate, handcrafted furniture, features a green accent wall studded with portraits. She hosted many a dinner party in the dining room, which now houses her collection of religious paintings and sculptures - she had a fondness for biblical themes. The most personal touch in the museum, however, is the re-creation of Stern's studio, complete with easel, muddied tubes of paint and colour-caked easel.

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Irma Stern Museum details

Cecil Road,

Area Cape Town

Telephone 21 685 5686

Irma Stern Museum website

Open 10am-5pm Tue-Sat.

Admission R10 adults; R5 reductions.