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There are two areas for hire subject to approval by the Irma Stern Museum Committee for exhibitions of temporary artwork. Costs for these venues are based on a hiring and/or commission basis.

The upstairs gallery consists of approximately 45 running metres of exhibition space in three different adjacent galleries. The small gallery downstairs which measures approximately 10 metres is suitable for works on paper.

Click here for Upstairs Gallery Map or Small Gallery Map

At: Irma Stern Museum
Dates: 12 Apr-2 May 2014

Story of an African Farm
a solo exhibition by Jackie Griffin-Jones

Jacqueline Griffin-Jones Jacqueline Griffin-Jones
Jacqueline Griffin-Jones Jacqueline Griffin-Jones

Jacqueline Griffin-Jones was born in Port Elizabeth and studied at Rhodes University where she received her M.F.A in 1989. She has been involved in Art Education since then in Grahamstown, Cape Town and Ascot (UK) and presently paints full-time in Grahamstown.

All the paintings on this exhibition of landscapes and still-lives are loosely connected to the “Story of an African Farm” -  the title of three paintings. Works contain personal imagery, memory, questions of identity, local history, and are semi-autobiographical. Her landscapes have a sense of emptiness, loneliness and solitude of the vast Karoo which demand an emotional response. There are also a number of small cameo pieces on show, as well as a few abstract works.

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At: Irma Stern Museum
Dates: 11 Feb-15 Mar 2014
Artist walkabout on Sat 1 March at 11am

Recent Work (2008-2013)
a solo exhibition by Stanley Hermans

Stanley Hermans Stanley Hermans
Stanley Hermans Stanley Hermans

Broad themes of transition, transformation and restructuring that might be in evidence in this selection of improvisations (from 2008 to 2013) are less a consequence of intent than the happy outcome of attempts at self-expression that, ever hopefully, might lead to results of conviction, originality and purpose.

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At: Irma Stern Museum
Dates: 31 Dec - 18 Jan 2014

Back in the studio
A video installation
by Helen Carmel Benigson

Helen Carmel Benigson

For Back in the Studio, artist Helen Carmel Benigson presents a new video work Travelling to Africa via a Machine Called a Sunbed, which was initiated during a residency at the Irma Stern Museum in January 2013 and further developed at Meantime Project Space, Cheltenham in April.

Travelling to Africa via a Machine Called a Sunbed explores the anti-archive, travel, geography and the cyber-body and is based on the work and house/museum of artist Irma Stern. The work is inspired by Stern’s weight, her personal relationships and the collection of objects she acquired when travelling throughout Africa, as well as Irma Stern’s studio and the paintings she produced during her time living at The Firs, Rosebank.

In this work, Benigson has re-imagined what it means to paint the “exotic”, the flesh and the “native” through a critical, contemporary reading of a future archive, using the spray tan and her house/museum as a set. Fictional, cyber and real, narratives are layered into footage filmed at the Irma Stern Museum. Within the work, Irma Stern becomes an avatar – a digitalised, reduced version of herself: painting in her studio, getting a spray tan and running on the beach. Her gallery/house and spaces she travels to are presented as a series of corporeal, reduced locations that operate simultaneously “online” and “offline”. In the film, Stern travels between these spaces and on the way gets her car filled up with petrol and watches her gardener water the plants, while in parallel territories and times, a woman gets a spray tan and a professional female weightlifter lifts weights. By bringing these concerns into simultaneously performed and animated space as well as recycling and re-situating images of actual and digital bodies and spaces, Benigson aims to undermine conventional representations of sexuality, geography, race and desire.

This video will be presented back in the space it originated from – at the Irma Stern Museum, questioning modes of production, home, performance and display.

About Helen Carmel Benigson

Helen Benigson (born 1985) is an artist and rapper who lives and works in London. Her working method is interdisciplinary; recent projects take the form of performance, video installations, printmaking, text, sound, music and collaborating. Her practice has an emphasis on performance within the space of the screen and the negotiation of identity and body within cyberspace and archives. Her aim is to create highly visceral environments, concerned with current biology / technology and sexy images and sounds. These are played out in psychedelic digital carnivals, which repetitively enact the blurred boundaries between performer, producer and spectator, innate to on-line video sharing and real-life performance.

Recent solo exhibitions include Going to Africa via a Machine Called a Sunbed, at Meantime Project Space, Cheltenham and Palm Trees and Poker Players at UCA, Farnham, and Performa.13, New York. Recent group exhibitions include Image Games: Ericka Beckman-Work in Context at Tate Modern, Videonale.14 at the Kunst Museum, Bonn, Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris at Collectif Jeune Cinema, Paris and Videocracy at The Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv In 2014, Benigson’s work will be included in the Hayward Touring exhibition Pre-pop to Post-Human: Collage in the Digital Age and she will have solo presentations at The Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town, University of the Arts, Bournemouth and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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At: Irma Stern Museum
Dates: 14 Dec 2013
29 Jan 2014


In Good Company

In Good Company is a group show curated by Michael Chandler at the UCT Irma Stern Museum to celebrate the lush Company Gardens of Cape Town which have been a source of nutrition and inspiration for locals and visitors since 1652. The works feature different aspects of the Garden and themes like horticulture, agriculture and Cape culture will be explored through paintings, drawings, ceramics and photography.  The show will run from December 11th to January 18th 2014.

Enquiries Michael Chandler  083 423 2001 or

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At: Irma Stern Museum
Dates: 30 Nov 2013 at 11h00

Book Launch

You are invited to the launch
of a monograph
of paintings, drawings and prints

On Saturday 30 November 2013 at 11.00 a.m.

Enquiries: Penny Dobbie
Telephone: 021 424 8349

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At: Casa Labia Gallery
192 Main Road, Muizenberg
Tel: 021 788 6068
Dates: 19 oct - 24 Nov 2013

Irma Stern – by the Sea

The Casa Labia Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of Irma Stern seascapes on paper.

Curated by the Director of the Irma Stern Museum; Christopher Peter, these rarely seen artworks have been drawn from the archives of the Stern museum’s permanent collection and present a view into her world of travel and exploration. The Mediterranean coastline with its harbours and beaches, fisher- folk and boats, were of perennial interest to Stern throughout her career.

Skilled observations of the form and shape of boats are juxtaposed with sea and land and interspersed by the movement of figures, all of which are imbued with a magical and compelling urgency of line. The exhibition includes several studies from her first trip to Madeira in 1931, which proved to be one of her most important emotional and visual experiences. Later works are centred on the movement of lithe bodies on the beaches of the fashionable South of France which she visited regularly in the early to mid 60’s.

This is the Sea –
Group Contemporary Seascape exhibition

‘This is the Sea’ , curated by gallery manager Cate Wood Hunter, is a companion contemporary group exhibition featuring seascapes in a variety of mediums that supersede the representation of the sea, beach or harbour as a picturesque scene; but pose question as to how we see, explore, experience and disrupt this fragile environment.

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At: Irma Stern Museum
Dates: 9-30 Nov 2013

Soulful Sojourns
a solo exhibition by Simon Jones

Simon came to Cape Town from his birthplace Lagos, Nigeria in 1956. Educated at Bishops and with a diploma in Graphic Design from the Cape College for Advanced Technical Education, he decided against pursuing a life in advertising.

Of a solitary nature and having always had a passion for painting, his mother Mary Hart being an accomplished artist, Simon has devoted his life to art ever since.

His first one-man show was in 1975 at the Goodman-Wolman Gallery in Cape Town. Since then Simon has mainly shown at the Atlantic Art Gallery, also in Cape Town, his impressive tally of one-man shows now stands at 30.

Happily ensconced in Fish Hoek for the past twenty years, his works echo the rustic remove of his surroundings. Painting, he maintains, is a spiritual process and Simon lets little block his access to the muse.

Simon’s chosen medium is acrylic, his subject matter a timeless perusal of man's relationship to nature. His paintings transcend the trappings of the current age and many discern a dreamlike, even biblical, atmosphere therein.

Major shows include:
1979 Cape Town Biennale
1981 Republic Festival Exhibition
1982 Cape Town Triennial
1985 Cape Town Triennial

Local collections include: Iziko, Pretoria Art Museum, William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberley, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum, Pietersburg Art Gallery, University of the Orange Free State, Sasol, Tuynhuys, Sanlam, Telkom & BOE.

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