A Tribute to the life and work of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef


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The La Motte Museum is currently presenting a new exhibition – A Tribute to the life and work of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886 – 1957). The exhibition, that will run for the duration of 2017, celebrates the artist’s contribution to South African art and enhances La Motte’s permanent heritage collection with selected artworks and personal artefacts from various collections in South Africa.

The year 2017 is of special significance to the La Motte Museum as it marks 60 years since the death of Pierneef, as well as the 90th birthday celebration of his daughter Marita, a friend of La Motte and the provenance of the museum’s permanent Pierneef collection.

La Motte’s association with Pierneef’s art dates back to early 2002, with the creation of the estate’s premium wine range, the Pierneef Collection. (Read more) Ever since, Pierneef’s love of what is truly South African, as well as his passion for art are echoed in more than just the name of this wine collection and the estate’s Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant. There is also a strong synergy between La Motte and Pierneef regarding a love of the South African landscape and nature as well as an interest in the preservation of architecture.

The artworks and information have been carefully selected from both public and private collections to accompany and contextualise La Motte’s core culture-historical collection. Through this exhibition, key aspects and periods are identified to introduce JH Pierneef – the man, the artist and heritage, each being highlighted by artworks and memorabilia that, on occasion, associate with key influencers, mentors, friends and collectors of Pierneef.

Themes such as mountains, clouds, trees and architecture that dominated the Pierneef oeuvre are explored. With more than 100 Pierneef artworks on exhibition, complemented by personal memorabilia as well as educational information, guests to the La Motte Museum are offered a unique opportunity to engage with the various themes and their subjects,  and to compare the various styles and approaches by Pierneef in his artistic career of almost almost 55 years.

A Tribute to the life and work of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886 – 1957) runs for the duration of 2017 and until 3 January 2018.

The La Motte Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 09:00 – 17:00 (For winter hours: www.la-motte.com) Closed on Christian Religious holidays.

Entrance is free.

Contact details: E museum@la-motte.co.za T +27 (0)21 876 8850

 

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