Art Museums in Cape Town

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Art Museums in Cape Town

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  • mingchi86
    York, UK104 contributions
    Some absolutely stunning pieces, lots of interesting contemporary work. A couple of spaces were not open to the public but still lots to see. The building itself is worth a visit alone if you're into concrete
    Written 19 September 2021
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  • luxingren
    Bellevue, Washington35 contributions
    My wife and I spent a morning at this wonderful museum, which we learned about while trip planning using Lonely Planet as a reference. The art (drawings, oils, gouache, sculpture) was lovely, and it was great to view these items in the artist's own home. There is a 20 minute documentary that plays in a continous loop, and it provides a lot of information about Irma Stern and her life. Check out the gardens in the back as well as the side building that highlights particular aspects of select paintings ( three Madeira paintings currently). The small gift shop also sells a book, "At Home with Irma Stern", which provides additional information too.

    It was great discovering a new-to-us artist who was under-appreciated during her lifetime. Also, the South African National Gallery is displaying a number of her pieces currently as well.

    Regarding the practicalities, the museum is located close to the University of Cape Town and there is parking on the street in front of the museum. A possible day trip might include this museum for a couple of hours and then a short drive to Kirstenbosch for lunch and then a couple of hours walking through the wonderful gardens.
    Written 14 October 2019
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  • Kras0tka
    Cape Town Central, South Africa183 contributions
    Hello my dear fellows!! This week I accidentally found this amazing art-gallery and I would like it to with all of you.Soth Africa rich on culture, diverse on natural attractions and most of - rich on contemporary art. I'm far from understanding all the latest trends and movements in world art but I'm just admire beautiful and bizarre pieces and self-expression of talented people. Just can't passed by this gallery. I don't want to overload all of you with a lots of names and etc. - here just some of them : Wendell Castle, Sanell Aggenbach, @porkyhefer, Xavier Clarisse, @thehaasbrothers, Justine Mahone. So if you gonna walk around - don't forget to pop into this gallery!!
    Written 16 January 2019
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  • London traveller
    London, UK41 contributions
    I found it very interesting, there are some really innovative pieces- one wonderful almost photographic quality picture - just made from dice. It’s extraordinary and the story poignant too. Be sure to see it if you go.
    There’s also some very moving personal stories about rape - set to some haunting music. 90 minutes well spent.
    Written 17 February 2020
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  • Jeroen V
    1 contribution
    The shop above which this museum is situated is worth a visit by itself because of the amazingly large collection of African art. But the museum has a beautiful exhibition of special artifacts that I haven’t seen anywhere else.
    Written 29 July 2022
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  • Damon
    Atlanta, GA32 contributions
    Beautiful art in a beautiful neighborhood!! Very small but packs a punch with the beautiful art that they have. If you're looking for pieces of history and culture this is the place. The artwork was phenomenal. Also got a chance to see the artist creating more beauty while there.
    Written 22 April 2019
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  • Lucille S
    155 contributions
    We took our boys on 24th September on Heritage day & they really enjoyed it.
    We took part of the tour & the guide was both entertaining & knew his facts on history of Castle.
    Loved the pottery section which was a surprise addition.
    My eldest went with his school to the Castle so he was very excited to show his younger brother.
    All exhibit rooms are beautifully set out & maintained.
    Like that certain rooms are for hire for events.
    Highly recommended.
    Written 28 September 2017
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  • robdotinfo
    Cape Town, South Africa168 contributions
    The art inside this small museum is wonderful: images of South Africa and its peoples in the form of lithographs, drawings and watercolours, dating from the late 1600s to the early 1800s. The richness of the history captured in the images is wonderful – and fascinating.

    But, for some reason (to preserve the artworks perhaps), they are displayed in such low levels of light that not only can the images barely be seen, but visitors are likely to fall over low tables placed in the centre of each room (not kidding, I didn’t see it at all).

    The garden is unkempt and full of weeds. You can see that it was magnificent at one time; it’s sad to see it as it is now.

    The buildings are in a dreadful state, paint peeling, tiles cracking and woodwork rotting. The gazebo in the garden is beginning to sag to one side. It’s a depressing prospect for a lovely, historical building.

    The brass work is shiny and bright however – the air was filled with smell of polish as one of the staff busily applied elbow grease to the metal fittings. Incongruous to say the least.

    There's a friendly little black cat - he crossed our path in the garden and then came up to us to have a chat. Good luck?

    The museum really needs to find a different way to display the art – perhaps each room could be equipped with a sensor that turns the light up when someone enters.

    This could be an 4 or 5-star attraction with a little effort - a little maintenance and better display of the art is all that needs to happen.
    Written 21 July 2017
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  • Highcliffe_House
    Gordon's Bay, South Africa64 contributions
    In 2014 Cape Town will be the Design City of the World. Things should be happening here all the time
    Written 13 March 2012
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  • Kyle T
    London, UK1 contribution
    So ive been popping in and out of this gallery, and i never fail to see new and exciting things! The shop always has a feeling of calm but at the same time excitement! The recent comic art I`ve seen was spectacular and that`s not even the best part!! They support LOCAL artists!!! something of a rare site and i have utmost respect for the owners for realising what`s important and trying to revitalise or recreate the way Captonians see the art of today!!! KEEP IT UP! You guys are legend!!!
    Written 26 April 2016
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  • Jasonleg
    Cape Town Central, South Africa1 527 contributions
    There are many galleries in Cape Town but this one has convenient parking and is located just off Kloof Street in Cape Town.

    The gallery is in an old Victorian house which creates a great atmosphere. The viewing rooms are spacious and airy.

    When I visited there was a collection of contemporary artists as well as a Pierneef and Skotnes.

    Carla van Zyl's work stood out, she is a portrait painter. Her detailing and precision is remarkable.

    The owner and curator is very knowledgeable and friendly and the experience of visiting the gallery is personal at all times.

    A great afternoon spent here.
    Written 7 January 2012
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