Conversations with Irma, a group exhibition to be held at the UCT Irma Stern Museum, sees fourteen artists creating work in response to the house, collection and life of the renowned artist, Irma Stern.
They managed to shift the gaze and create new and interesting connections, enabling fresh and surprising views of Irma, the artist, as well as of the hallowed institution of the Irma Stern Museum. The viewer will hopefully by turns be engaged, moved and enlightened, explains participating artist Anne Graaff, who continues below to outline the framework of the exhibition.
The contribution of each participating artist is unique and arises from personal studio and artistic practice. The Conversations with Irma catalogue, giving space to the voice of each artist, outlines their varied approaches and concerns.
Then, in addition, the artists have together created a group piece, the Portion on a Plate dinner service, so named because each plate replicates a portion of an Irma Stern painting, while also referring to food. In deference to Irma each participating artist has painted one plate. The artists anticipate auctioning the table setting as a single artwork after a celebration feast served off the plates at the museum. The plates were created in the spirit of Irma who allowed art to spill over into life, energetically painting on walls, doors, and cupboards around her home.
Conversations with Irma – Participating Artists
Mary Anne Botha
Gwen van Embden
WHERE: UCT Irma Stern Museum, 21 Cecil Road, Rosebank, Cape Town 7600
WHEN: Opening on Saturday at 11:00. 31 August – 14 September 2019. Tue-Friday from 10am-5pm and on Saturday from 10am-2pm.
INFO: T 021 650 7240/1 Visit