For lovers of colour and art, a trip to the Irma Stern Museum is an absolute must. Irma Stern is considered to be one of the foremost South African artists and almost one hundred solo exhibitions were held during her lifetime both in South Africa and Europe. What makes this museum so unique is that it’s situated in what used to be Irma Stern’s home. Her zest for life and love of colour is evident with hot pinks, bold greens and vibrant hues filling every nook.
Irma Stern travelled extensively in Europe and explored Southern Africa, Zanzibar and the Congo and her home is full of artifacts that were collected on these travels. Some of these pieces date back to classical and medieval times. Visitors to the museum can experience this uniquely furnished interior when viewing the sitting room, dining room and studio which are retained in the manner left by the artist. The museum is filled with an amazing collection of her work and one can’t help but wish you could have been a guest at one of her dinners.
“Her method of working in her studio demanded intense concentration. She often put up a sign saying “Do not disturb” and proceeded to paint while chain smoking and drinking strong black coffee. She generally framed her own work, packed exhibitions and arranged sales herself.”
All photography: Lana Kenney ©