SMAC Art Gallery 01

Irma Stern Museum

Beguiling: The Self and The Subject

Irma Stern and Steven Cohen
Beguiling: The Self and The Subject, Invitation Image ,
Irma Stern, 'The Ballet Dancers' 1943 - Imaged courtesy of The UCT Irma Stern Museum. Photo Credit: Pam Warne. Steven Cohen, 'Chandelier' 2001 - Image courtesy of Stevenson Cape Town and the artist. Photo Credit: John Hogg.

SEE LISTING The Epic of Everlasting (panel)

Cecil Skotnes
The Epic of Everlasting (panel), Incised wood with Oil paint ,

SEE LISTING Installation

Clementina van der Walt and Hennie Meyer
Installation, Ceramic ,


Cecil Road, Rosebank, 7700

Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10:00 – 17:00 | Saturday 10:00 – 14:00 | Entrance: Adults @ R10, Pensioners & Learners @ R5


Various Artists at Irma Stern Museum

To beguile is to deploy charm, flattery and beauty in order to divert attention from an act or specific content. It is the most delightful form of trickery, enjoyable as it is deceitful, and hence often easily forgiven.

Artists negotiate their selves in every work they create. In this sense a portrait can reveal as much about the artist as the sitter, or the subject as the case may be. When we read an artwork that utilizes the body, in one way or another, we not only read the subject, but into the artist - formally locating them in their era. We read this all through that context which is ourselves, and so every portrait has the power to beguile.

Beguiling: the Self and the Subject initiates a long neglected conversation between contemporary artwork dealing with aspects of the body and Irma Stern’s portraits. In so doing it encompasses a broad negotiation of the use of the body as a conduit for investigating the social and existential, through unlocking the relationship between the subject, the artist, the viewer, the captured, the projected and the portrait.

Curated by Kirsty Cockerill, the exhibition includes work by: Lisa Brice, Steven Cohen, Georgina Gratrix, Hasan & Husain, Essop, Pieter Hugo, Zanele Muholi, Andrew Putter, Claudette Schreuders, Guy Tillim, Nontsikelelo Veleko, Sue Williamson, and Irma Stern.

09 July 2011 - 30 July 2011

Cecil Skotnes at Irma Stern Museum

In 1977, Cecil Skotnes created a piece for KWV which is arguably one of the artist’s most exceptional works.  Based on one of the oldest stories of humankind, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Skotnes re-imagined this story as the Origin of Wine, and translated it into a remarkable wood-carved panel. This work celebrates not only the complex heritage of the wine-making industry in the Cape, but evokes a love for wine which stems from the ancient epoch of Gilgamesh and continues into the present day. KWV again asked Skotnes to create two series of works for their 1979 and 1982 “Art Calendar” projects. The 1982 series depicts twelve extraordinary landscapes from the Cape region, which powerfully capture the unique terroir from which KWV’s wines are produced. To honour Skotnes and his association with wine, KWV is pleased to present The Epic of Everlasting. Through this exhibition, KWV wishes to share their treasures of Cecil Skotnes’ artistry.

05 May 2011 - 12 May 2011

Clementina van der Walt and Hennie Meyer at Irma Stern Museum

For the past six years, well-known South African ceramists, Clementina van der Walt and Hennie Meyer have been selected to exhibit at Ceramic Art London, an international ceramic expo at the Royal College of Art. This joint exhibition is a reflection of the experience and influences of their annual pilgrimage abroad.

The high quality of international craftsmanship and exploration of form and content, as well as exposure to historical ceramics via the London museums, has motivated these artists to internalise the awareness acquired through the experience and apply it in the South African context. This has resulted in a varied show - familiar signature work, and new pieces - with a strong emphasis on utilitarian ceramics.

14 December 2010 - 15 January 2011