Boschendal and Norval Foundation have established a partnership that introduces guests visiting the historic Winelands farm to some of South Africa and the continent’s top artists.

The partnership sees the establishment of a series of satellite art exhibitions hosted at Boschendal’s Manor House and surrounding grounds.

Visitors are welcomed by a contemporary art collection that contrasts with the Manor House’s history, providing a nuanced experience. The first year’s programming will be drawn from Norval Foundation’s Homestead Collection, which features artists from across Africa, but with a strong Southern Africa representation.

Exhibitions will rotate every three to four months, and admission is free.

Boschendal Norval art Mike Hall
Boschendal and Norval Foundation have launched an artistic collaboration. Pictures: Mike Hall

Bespoke art retail section

In addition to the museum-quality exhibitions on show in the Manor House, a bespoke art retail section will be introduced alongside it and will include, to start with, unique clay vases by designer and sculptor Githan Coopoo specifically created for Boschendal. The exhibition Githan Coopoo: Structural Integrity will be the artist’s first solo exhibition.

The art retail offering complements the farm’s recently launched omnichannel retail offering, that delivers a selection of locally sourced goods.

Work has been completed on a sensitive renovation and restoration of the historic Manor House. In consultation with specialists from Cape Heritage, Boschendal and its architect partners have made temporary changes to the Manor House’s interior to accommodate the art displays and an anticipated increased footfall from visitors excited to see the Norval satellite art exhibitions at the farm.

The Norval and Boschendal’s first collaborative exhibition is now on display at Boschendal. Admission is free to all visitors.

Boschendal’s cultural and community roots stretch back to 1685, and the farm’s collaboration with Norval further reflects their commitment to celebrating emerging creative talent through arts and culture.

Georgie Davidson, CEO at Boschendal says. “We are proud to introduce this unique showcase blending history, art and innovation, and look forward to welcoming to join us in celebrating inspiring South African and African creative talent.”

Boschendal Norval art Mike Hall

Norval satellite project

The Norval Foundation was founded in 2018 and has established itself as a premier centre for the research, education and exhibition of 20th and 21st-century visual art from South Africa and beyond.

Elana Brundyn, Education and Development Partner of Norval Foundation, says: “We are honoured to partner with Boschendal and especially proud to mark our first satellite project on this beautiful historical farm, to create more opportunities for learning through art and culture, and to reach a more expansive audience. “

Owen Martin, Director and Chief Curator at the Norval Foundation adds: “In contrast to Norval Foundation’s contemporary site, Boschendal’s much longer history will encourage new readings of artworks displayed there while also challenging the curatorial team to come up with innovative solutions.”

What: Boschendal Norval Foundation art collaboration
Where: Boschendal Farm Stellenbosch
Web: www.boschendal.com,  NorvalFoundation.org
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