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The Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch

June 8, 2012

The weather just now is not so great, but there are plenty of things to do to avoid the winter rain.  For example, why not try the Sasol Art Museum? Situated in Stellenbosch about 15 minutes drive from us here at Penny Lane Lodge, this great art museum has a lot to offer. You could easily while away a few hours enjoying the artistic treasures housed by this museum.

The Sasol Art Museum is housed in a Dutch Neo-classical building that dates back to 1907. After being used as the Bloemhof School for a period, the building was restored and restructured and re-opened as an art museum in 1991. Most of the restoration work was funded by a substantial grant from Sasol and so the museum was named the ‘Sasol Art Museum’.

The museum houses a lovely collection of sculptures, paintings, ceramics and graphics done by both South African and foreign artists from the 19th and 20th century. It also casts a spotlight on some more traditional items, such as domestic and ritual objects, weaponry and clothing from various parts of the African continent. The museum is closely associated with the University of Stellenbosch’s art department and the items on display are selected from the University’s permanent art, cultural history and anthropology departments. The University’s collection dates back to 1919, which was when the University Council acquired its first two oil paintings, and now consists of more than 3,000 pieces.

Much of the collection has been chosen because of the impact or relation it has had to the country’s past. Artists such as Moses Kottler, Anton van Wouw, Edward Roworth, Florence Zerffi, W H Coetzer, J EA Volschenk, Hugo Naudé, Erich Mayer, Adolph Jentsch, Frederick Timpson I’Ons, Thomas Baines, Thomas Bowler, Solomon Casear Malan, Strat Caldecott, JH Pierneef, Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern, Walter Battiss, Alexi Preller, Edoardo Villa, Cecil Skotnes, Larry Scully, Nel Erasmus, Christo Coetzee, Judith Mason, Leonard Matsoso, Hardy Botha and Louis van Heerden all have artworks on display in the museum.

The Sasol Art Museum is located in 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch. It is closed on Mondays, but open from 9:00 – 16:30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9:00 – 20:00 on Wednesdays, from 9:00 – 17:00 on Saturdays and from 14:00 – 17:00 on Sundays.

Don’t miss this great attraction!

Stellenbosch Arts Association presents its annual members’ exhibition

The annual art exhibition of members of the Stellenbosch Arts Association will take place from 9 June until 28 July 2012 at the Sasol Art Museum in Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch. This year it will be a prestige event which coincides with the 21st anniversary of the Eben Dönges Centre.  The special exhibition will be curated by the University Museum.

Besides many artlovers, the Stellenbosch Arts Association also counts amateur and professional artists, some well-known, among its members.  The Arts Association’s activities include talks, demonstrations, excursions and workshops.  However, the art exhibition is the highlight of the year. The opening of the exhibition will take place at 11:00 on Saturday 9 June.  The guest speaker will be Mr Martin Smuts, Deputy Mayor of Stellenbosch.


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