CITY NAME: CAPE TOWN
ARTLOGUE RATING: 4.0/5
Say Africa and a long freedom struggle comes to mind. But here’s presenting a beautiful version of a place full of great Art, innovative Art and always evolving Art. And no, it is not the natural scenic beauty, it includes beautiful museums, paintings, graffiti and some other art oriented surprises. To enjoy a blend of timelessness with a sense of freshness, come lets artscape through Cape Town.
IRMA STERN MUSEUM– “I work a long time at a picture in my head… I never touch the canvas after it is finished.” said the world-renowned artist Irma Stern. The Irma Stern Museum was established in 1971 and it is the very house in which she lived for four decades. Many rooms are just as she had arranged them and the upstairs is a contemporary gallery used by South African Artists. The permanent collection on display shows Irma Stern’s development as an artist whose subject matter included exotic figures, portraits, lush landscapes and still life’s conveyed in a variety of media, ranging from oils and water colours to gouache and charcoal and also is full of artifacts she collected during numerous trips to Europe and Africa. This museum is truly a celebration of talent of Art. Artworks of the Museum-
MYSTERY OF THE HISTORY:
1) Iziko South African National Gallery—Do not miss it as you will get to see outstanding collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. The gallery also has a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture. Plus it is super cheap so admire the rich cultural heritage without burning a hole in the pocket.
Some Artworks to Admire-
2) CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE & WILLIAM FEHR COLLECTION—Still standing tall in Cape Town, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. Today the Castle houses the Castle Military Museum and Iziko Museums of Cape Town (William Fehr Collection). What interests Artists the most is the William Fehr Collection, comprising of paintings and decorative arts. A part of this collection is also located in Rust en Vreugd – an historical house and museum in the city centre. William Fehr was a lover of pictoral art. The pieces of this collection include furniture, oil paintings and antique china. They were collected by businessman William Fehr, then sold or donated to the South African government during the first half of the 20th Century. Nothing portrays the lifestyle and tastes of the settlers in the Cape colony better than this varied collection.
From the Collection-
ART BECOMES SUPER-CUTE & TRENDY- Explore a shop called The Fringe Arts! No need to be a wealthy and elite to buy Art which you would love to flaunt. Take a trip to Cape with a limited budget and enjoy Art shopping in The Fringe Arts owned and run by Chantal Louw and Thessa Bos. Their contribution to commerce and creativity takes the form of a pop-up. “Products of our artists and designers are Africa-inspired, but not Africa-themed. Each piece is locally designed and manufactured and handmade. In collaboration with Warren Editions and Artthrob we offer limited edition fine art prints by established and emerging South Africa artists. Our focus is on people, locally and internationally, who love art and design and have a limited art budget.” These guys truly breathe a new life in the face of Art! Check out some wonders and I am sure you will have your eyes pop out.
SOMETHING TO INSPIRE ART LOVERS-
1) ECO ART—Capetonian Artists preach, “Waste not Want not”. Beautiful picturesque Art made out of recycled materials maybe a little hard to digest but folks, it does exist and exists well indeed. Artists like Galia Gluckman and Carolyn Partonare creators who transform waste materials into Art wonders. Galia says, “I am manipulating the paper more and working more texture into the artwork. I have been very interested in abstract dimension and perspective”. Caroly explains, “My art is underpinned by on-going research into the impact of artists and their art making upon environment and a thought that I once came across, which is constantly on my mind, is that when you throw away there is no away.” Guess one should give this concept a chance and become not only an amzing Artist but also a responsible human being.
2) HAAS COLLECTIVE— Formed in February 2010 by Francois Irvine, Tess Berlein and Glynn Venter, Haas, as it’s casually known, is home to collectibles, gallery and studio space, a coffee shop and an advertising agency. Aside from an antique coffee roaster that has pride of place in the shop, visitors can sit inside and admire the art that flows seamlessly from the store into this coffee shop. The Haas Collective is the best place to combine coffee and art having the world’s best ambiance. Exquisite coffee and exquisite Art. Relax, drink(coffee!) and admire. “It’s not about having a commercial gallery, it’s about creating a space where the artists feel safe and appreciated,” says Francois.
TREATS FROM THE GALLERY:
1) WORLD ART GALLERY—
2) GRAFFITI OF CAPE TOWN—
To Conclude, Cape Town shows us so many variations, so many options. It gives us the inspiration to get up and do something new, something different. Visit Cape Town for its Art and check out the Art wonders and also shop a little, because we all could use a little art! Stay tuned to continue our journey through art wonderlands.
Coming up next – TORONTO!