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Gallery Dates & Times

Monday – Sunday

09h00 – 17h00

The Werf Area

Entrance is free  

Please be  mindful of maintaining  a safe social distance

BOSCHENDAL NORVAL 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. 

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.

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

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

The Whispering of Ghosts: Kate Gottgens

The Whispering of Ghosts is an exhibition featuring the work of Cape Townbased artist Kate Gottgens (born 1965). The paintings included in this exhibition span the last seven years of her career, from 2015 to the present, and demonstrate Gottgensongoing interest in creating atmospheric, often unsettling scenes from everyday subject matter. Depictions of 1970s and 1980s white middleclass suburbs are populated by figures enjoying leisure activities: they lounge next to swimming pools, take part in sack races, and attend costume parties in mid-century modernist houses reminiscent of the work of South African architect Helmut Stauch. Yet these scenes of the everyday are transformed into a pictorial world that is distinctly different from our own. Gottgens achieves this through a painting technique and acidic pallet that create an ominous atmosphere – something apparent in much of her oeuvre. Critics have referred to this atmosphere as a pervasive ‘decay’, noting that the world that Gottgens depicts is not only past in a temporal sense – she uses archival photographs as a starting point for many of her paintings – but that the system that supported it within a South African context is understood as morally and socially corrupt. Additionally, while figurative painting like Gottgens often suggests a narrative impulse – and there’s no lack of art historical, architectural, and literary references – upon closer scrutiny, clear narratives prove to be elusive: references are associative rather than concrete and each painting has its own internal logic. The exhibition’s title is therefore suggestive, as Gottgens wrestles with the ghosts of the country’s past through the images she creates. 

KINDRED: GABRIELLE KRUGER, MARLENE STEYN AND PIERER VERMEULE

Kindred, a group exhibition of recent works by Gabrielle Kruger, Marlene Steyn and Pierre Vermeulen. As they emerge on the local and international art scene, Kindred marks a return to the region for the three artists, who all graduated from The University of Stellenbosch. Having studied and worked together in studio at various junctures in their careers, Kruger, Steyn and Vermeulen’s works come together for the first time in this exhibition. Visitors are invited to engage with work that draws inspiration from the natural world, with artists who developed their practice with the Boland as their backdrop.

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