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 ‘Threads of Synergy: South African Tapestry Art’. This exhibition presents a selection of large-scale tapestries by artists Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, Sam Nhlengethwa, Cecily Sash and Cecil Skotnes created in collaboration with the Stephens Tapestry Studio.
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.
Threads of Synergy
South African Tapestry Art
In a world where disembodied virtual experiences have become the order of the day, Threads of Synergy – a new exhibition of South African tapestry art in the La Motte Museum - pays homage to the artisans’ presence in the making. This exhibition of large-scale tapestries calls for a tactile encounter, regaining sensitivity towards surfaces and reawakening our sense of touch. As an authentic South African art experience, Threads of Synergy presents a selection of tapestries woven by the Stephens Tapestry Studio and includes South-African artists Norman Catherine, Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, Karel Nel, Sam Nhlengethwa and Cecil Skotnes.
Please note that renovations will start from 18 April. Click here for the schedule.
The La Motte Museum offers a stimulating cultural-historical experience sharing the history of the estate as well as carefully curated art exhibitions.
Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 17:00. Closed on Christian Religious holidays
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 La Motte requires photo identification (Passport, Identity card/document or Driver’s licence) for security check-in.
Self-guided museum tours: no reservation required and are free
Please note that reservations are essential to ensure your safety and compliance with Covid-19 protocols.
For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the curator, Elzette de Beer
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