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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: 7 Feb - 21 Feb 2015
Opening: 7 Feb 2015 @ 11 am
Opening speaker:
Her Excellency
Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofer,
Ambassador of Austria

An exhibition of Drawings of Artist's Studios
by Austrian artist Linde Waber

Alice Goldin

Linda Waber is a contemporary Austrian artist whose career began in the 1970s after her graduation from the Academy for Visual Arts in Vienna in the mid-1960s.

She has exhibited extensively in Austria and internationally and has had two exhibitions at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, one being a full retrospective in 2010 to mark her 70th birthday and the second, an exhibition of drawings in celebration of her association with Austrian poet Friederike Mayröcker, whose 90th birthday is being celebrated in 2015 in German literary circles. This was accompanied by the publication of a book.

The exhibition at the UCT Irma Stern Museum features her drawings of artists’ studios, a subject, which has intrigued her for some years both in Austria and South Africa.

In 2010 a first visit to South Africa produced a number of these “ Atelierzeichnungen”. These works have been described as, “curious, but never voyeuristic, and with a sharp eye for detail, she captures the character of a room.”

Travel and the celebration of each day of her life through her work has forged many links with people in many countries, no less South Africa. This creative diplomacy forged a friendship with Austrian born South African artist Alice Goldin and resulted in an exhibition of Alice Goldin’s work at the Kunstlerhaus in Vienna in 2012. This association will be re-established with the inclusion of woodblocks by Alice Goldin forming part of the exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum.

The artist’s own studio and home in the neighbourhood of the Augartenpark in Vienna is her base, but she also returns to her countryside roots in Zwettl, Lower Austria, when she is not travelling the world to her many friends and wide family circle. Her tools which are her pencils, inks, paints and brushes travel with her.

Seizing the moment is this artist’s modus operandi!

Sponsorship by the Government of Austria.

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At: Irma Stern Museum
Dates: 6 Dec 2014 - 17 Jan 2015
Opening: 6 Dec 2014 @ 11 am
Opening speaker: Hayden Proud
Walkabouts with Rosalind Spears:
13 & 20 Dec at 11h00
13 Jan at 11h00

An exhibition of Selected Works
Frank Spears
and the launch of the book
Frank Spears - the Painter

Frank Spears

Frank Spears

Frank Spears

Selected works of Frank Spears – the Painter (1906-1991) will be on show at the Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town from 6th December to 17th January. Owners have loaned their pictures for the show which is the first opportunity in over forty years to see a solo collection of this talented artist's paintings.

The first book on the life and works of the painter Frank Spears written by Melissa Sutherland is now available. The book, entitled 'Frank Spears – the Painter' will be launched at the Irma Stern Museum on 6th December. Material for the book was collected by Sutherland from family and friends of the painter as well as Spears' extensive correspondence, programmes from his shows and archival research. It includes 140 colour reproductions of Spears paintings. Their is introduction written by Hayden Proud of Iziko South African National Gallery. In it Proud says 'the life and work of this multi-talented Anglo-South African artist is well overdue for reassessment.'

His style was impressionist bordering on abstract. Spears oil paintings are full of colour and underpinned by his ability to draw. His favourite subjects were flowers, clowns, music, landscapes, portraits and religious scenes. In the show there will also be some of his early watercolours and architectural drawings from his work as a designer.

Spears painted not to make a living but because, as he put it 'I just can't help but paint.' He was a mystic, deeply interested in religion, philosophy and music as is evidenced in so many of his works, especially the clowns.

Spears' depiction of The Risen Christ in the Church of the Resurrection Bonteheuvel is the focal point of this large popular Church. There are Spears paintings in public collections and one, The Descent from the Cross, is in St George's Cathedral to the left of the altar. The only surviving example of his stained glass is the recently restored window depicting music, dance and threatre over the entrance to the Thom Theatre in Stellenbosch.

Spears was President of The South African Society of Artists chose Spears from 1945 to 1947. His works were exhibited in their shows frequently and in over 80 joint exhibitions between 1935 and 1977 in South Africa and Europe. He represented South Africa in the Sao Paulo Biennale of 1964 and the Venice Biennale of 1966 . Spears also had 34 solo exhibitions. In spite of having tracked down over 350 examples of his paintings there are still many more to be discovered.

It was in Cape Town that Spears met his wife Dorothea who was a poet and writer. She came here from America with her father, the Methodist Bishop of Southern Africa. She had married a man twice her age when she was 19 and had two sons. Falling in love with Spears led to a scandalous divorce. Their marriage lasted almost 60 years until they died within three weeks of each other.

Johnny Spears, his son, has organised this exhibition. As more paintings come to light they will be added to the website All the known paintings are included – 350 to date - plus some wonderful recordings of Spears speaking. There are interviews about his life and work including one with Esme Berman in 1964 and another with the sculptor Mike Edwards in 1973. You can also hear his poetry readings. It is possible to purchase 'Frank Spears – the Painter' on this website.

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Opening Hours Tuesday - Friday 10h00 - 17h00, Saturday 10h00 - 14h00
Entrance  Adults @ R20 -  Pensioners & Students @ R10
UCT staff and students are free
Gated parking available in Chapel Road for visitors.

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