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Gallery Dates & Times

Monday – Sunday

09h00 – 17h00

Entrance is free  

 

BOSCHENDAL NORVAL FOUNDATION ART GALLERY

The Manor House doors have been opened to welcome an exciting and meaningful partnership with the Norval Foundation. This new satellite gallery will feature the best of South African and African art with rotating exhibitions. 

A  sensitive renovation and restoration of the historic Manor House now houses this ode to art from the continent. 

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.

Visit the gallery shop after your visit to take home print, momentos and curated gift items. 

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

A Strange Song
Curated by Candice Thikeson

14 OCTOBER 2022 - 18 JANUARY 2023

Norval Foundation is pleased to present A Strange Song, an exhibition comprising of works thoughtfully selected from the Homestead Collection. The Homestead Collection, housed at Norval Foundation, consists of an extensive collection of artworks by twentieth-century South African artists, and a growing collection of artworks by contemporary artists on the African continent and its diaspora.

 A Strange Song is an opportunity to share a number of recent acquisitions, while reflecting on the range of artists, artistic practices and artistic periods within the collection at present. The title of the exhibition, poetic in nature, is borrowed from a recent portrait by Mozambican artist Cassi Namoda, which was included in her solo exhibition titled Life has become a foreign language (2022). Namoda’s portrait, with its rich tones and soft landscape also introduces the exhibition and sets the tone for the kind of artworks exhibited in this show. The artworks selected for A Strange Song are predominantly figurative, often possessing vibrant colours and are rich with symbolism, speaking to various cultural mythologies. Figuration is at the forefront of the exhibition, many of the artists creating works which are explicitly of bodily forms or suggest the presence of the body. It is thus important to consider how these artists, from Africa, engage with portraiture as a genre as well as the nude tradition in their work. Many of these figurative paintings, nudes and portraits alike, also explore the landscape – both real, surreal and imagined. Through the inclusion of various animals such as birds, oxen, horses and snakes the artists imbue their paintings with symbolism. There are three paintings in the exhibition by the figurative painter, Cassi Namoda. The earliest is her work which was shortlisted for the inaugural Norval Sovereign African Art Prize (NSAAP) titled Visit from ancestors III (2021). In this work a woman draped in red fabric looks through the window as she is visited by a pink bird, presumably a flamingo, which the viewer reads as the ancestors Namoda refers to in the title of her painting. A Strange Song also focuses on artists who have engaged with themes of spirituality and transcendence in their work. While some of the artists in the exhibition approach spirituality directly through a reflection on organised religions and spiritual practices, as in the work of John N. Muafangejo, others approach spirituality more subtly, perhaps philosophically.  

Visitors can always expect be welcomed by a contemporary collection of art that contrasts with the Manor House’s rich history, providing a nuanced experience for art lovers.

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 rotate every three to four months and admission is free.