The La Motte Museum offers a stimulating cultural-historical experience sharing
the history of the estate as well as carefully curated art exhibitions.
The La Motte Museum not only offers displays depicting aspects of the Rupert family, focusing on Dr. Anton and Mrs. Huberte Rupert and the musical career of their daughter Hanneli Rupert, but also features the history of La Motte and its magnificently renovated buildings, with a brief review of Cape Dutch architecture.
Permanent host to the heritage collection of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, the museum also presents other temporary exhibitions. Currently, guests can enjoy the exhibition Land Rewoven, comprising a considered body of work by MJ Lourens in conversation with selected paintings of JH Pierneef from the La Motte Museum collection. The exhibition was inspired by recontextualising Pierneef’s well-known oeuvre within a contemporary dialogue.
The museum is the departure point of the Historic Walk and Sculpture Walk, conducted educational tours of respectively, the Cape-Dutch buildings, sculptures on the estate and the estate’s Pierneef associations.
La Motte’s association with the art of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886 – 1957) dates back to early 2002, with the creation of the estate’s premium wine, the Pierneef Collection. Ever since, Pierneef’s love for that which is truly South African, as well as his passion for his 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 with reference to a love for the South African landscape and nature, Afrikaans culture as well as an interest in the preservation of architecture.
The La Motte Museum hosts other exhibitions that include contemporary art in the form of paintings, sculptures, tapestries and ceramics with annual participation in the Art Franschhoek Festival in October.
The current exhibition, entitled Land Rewoven is presented in collaboration with Barnard Gallery and comprises a considered body of work by MJ Lourens in conversation with selected paintings of JH Pierneef from the La Motte Museum collection. The inspiration for this exhibition lies in recontextualising Pierneef’s well-known oeuvre within a contemporary dialogue.
Tue to Sun 09:00 – 17:00.Cost
Entrance to the La Motte Museum is free.
Art Experience: R80 per person
Explore the practical aspects of printmaking through a guided exhibition tour and print demonstration on alternating weeks, concluded with wine from the Pierneef Collection and something savoury.
Historic Walk: R80 per person
Preceded by a résumé of the history of the estate, the tour proceeds through the rose garden and dwells at four provincial monuments, concluding with an artisan bread tasting.
Sculpture Walk: R80 per person
Celebrating the important role of women in society the walk visits 11 sculptures on the estate, followed by a tasting of our Méthode Cap Classique and a traditional French Madeleine.
Please note that Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant, the La Motte Museum and the La Motte Farm Shop are closed for a winter break and will reopen on Friday, 9 August 2019. The La Motte Wine Tasting Room stays open from Monday – Saturday, 09:00 – 17:00.
Please note that La Motte requires photo identification (Passport, Identity card/document or Driver’s licence) for security check-in.Contact Details
Self-guided museum tours: no reservation required and are free
Please note that Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant, the La Motte Museum and the La Motte Farm Shop are closed for a winter break and will reopen on Friday, 9 August 2019. The La Motte Wine Tasting Room stays open from Monday – Saturday, 09:00 – 17:00.Contact Details