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Celebrating the love of Art –
a personal selection by Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg

As part of the fiftieth jubilee of La Motte’s Rupert ownership, La Motte owner Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg invites art-lovers to an exhibition of rare and important artworks that shares some favourite works from her collection as well as the family collection and allows insight into her love for art. The exhibition, entitled Celebrating the love of Art – a personal selection by Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, acknowledges her appreciation of the arts and their preservation, a passion she shares with her late parents, Dr Anton and Mrs Huberte Rupert.

“This special exhibition features works with personal meaning and remembrance that I would like to share with guests to La Motte”, says Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg.

Celebrating the love of Art is on exhibition in the La Motte Museum for the duration of 2020 and features, amongst others, works by Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser, Jean Welz and Cecil Higgs from the Rupert Art Foundation and individual family collections. To show a bigger selection, works will be rotated during the year-long display. 



IRMA STERN (1894-1966)
Zanzibar Woman
Oil on canvas
Collection: Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg

Zanzibar Woman painted in 1949, is one of the highlights of this exhibition. Stern’s trips to Zanzibar in 1939 and 1945 were life-changing events that would continue to influence her artistic output for years to come. During these journeys Stern collected artefacts and carved woodwork from Arab buildings as frames for her paintings, reserved for the pieces she considered to be her very best examples.



CECIL HIGGS (1898-1986)
Oil on canvas
Collection: Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg

Cecil Higgs is a favourite of La Motte’s owner, Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg. Cassis was painted by Higgs during a trip to the French-Mediterranean coast in 1965, following an expedition with a local fisherman who showed Higgs and her companions the famous calanques.

The mother-and-child theme appears frequently in Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenbeg’s collection and symbolises the importance of family and a mother’s love and care for her children. The mother-and-child theme is represented in this exhibition by the following works.




PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973)
Mother and Child with Shawl
Collection: Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg



KÄTHE KOLLWITZ (1867-1945)
Woman with Dead Child
Collection: Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg



KÄTHE KOLLWITZ (1867-1945)
Mutter mit Zwillingen / Mother with Twins
Edition 2/6
Collection: Huberte Goote Foundation




JEAN WELZ (1900-1975)
Portrait of Dr. A. E. Rupert

Oil on canvas
Collection: Rembrandt van Rijn Foundation

In a first sitting for the commissioned portrait of Dr. A. E. Rupert, Jean Welz asked what colours Dr. Rupert preferred, to which he answered red and olive green. To Welz’ further enquiry about Dr. Rupert’s features, he answered that “It comes from the Karoo, and the influence of the Karoo on people who lived there” which inspired the background colours and completion of the portrait.



IRMA STERN (1894-1966)
Still Life with Magnolias

Oil on canvas
Collection: Rupert Art Foundation

Irma Stern’s biographers agree that her still life paintings from the 1930s and 40s represent the highwater mark of her career. Most of Stern’s still lifes contain flowers and testify to her deep love of natural forms. This painting was a favourite of Hanneli’s mother, Mrs. Huberte Rupert.



CECIL HIGGS (1898-1986)

Oil on canvas
Collection: Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg

Higgs’s, lifelong friend, Dieter Bertram, wrote that the early period of Higgs in Stellenbosch appeared to be a highly productive period of her career after moving in with her cousin, Christina van Heyningen, who offered her a studio at 52 Dorp Street. Van Heyningen’s profession as a lecturer in literature had an influence on Higgs, who shared the passion for literature with her cousin. Being part of the social and cultural life of Stellenbosch, Higgs soon befriended various artists and writers, such as Maggie Laubser, Ruth Prowse, Maud Sumner, Francois and Uys Krige, Wolf Kibel and Lippy Lipshitz. Van Heyningen house served as a popular exhibition venue for Higgs and her friends.

More featured work by international artists:



JEAN LURÇAT (1892-1966)

Collection: Rupert Art Foundation


YAACOV AGAM (b.1928)
Scales and Ladders

Collection: Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg

Exhibition info:

Venue: La Motte Museum, La Motte Wine Estate

Date: 25 January 2020 – 31 December 2020

Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays: 09:00 – 17:00

Closed on Christian Religious holidays.

Entrance is free.

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