Doors Open Again To The Public

The Rupert Museum is glad to have our doors open again to the public, after this lockdown period. Now that all are able to visit their favourite cultural institutions and spots, we would like to invite you to come and enjoy the museum with new exhibitions, exciting projects, the return of Museum Saturdays, other public programmes, seasonal menus from the café as well as a newly launched website – go have a peak

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The ever-popular Museum Saturday’s, presented on the last Saturday of each month, has returned as of September. Look forward to art workshops for young and old, talks, walk-abouts, special inspired menus and tastings. This year’s Museum Saturday’s will take place on 31 October and 21 November, to return again in January 2021.
For those looking to get more active as spring is in the air – Yoga Thursday’s might just be the thing for you. Presented from the MakerStudio every Thursday, 13h00 – 14h00 (bookings essential), if you are working from home or not close by, no problem, these classes are also streamed live. Find out more by visiting our social media pages.

Current exhibitions
Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes managing an art collection? Well this exhibition presents a view into Collection Management and Archiving of a private art collection. Various aspects, disciplines and general practice will be explored, by using artworks from the permanent collection as examples to illustrate, demonstrate and physically engage with. This exhibition is a physical working exhibition as all demonstrations, workshops and talks planned aligns to working projects – restoration, framing, digitization, acquisitions and deaccessions to mention a few. Keep an eye on the WHAT’S ON section on the website.

Artist JH Pierneef’s most acclaimed public commission was completed between 1929 and 1932. The Johannesburg Station Panels have been characterised as the epitome of the South African landscape genre. Since 2002 the complete set of thirty-two panels – twenty-eight landscape and four tree scenes, is on long term loan from the TRANSNET Foundation to the Rupert Art Foundation. Being exhibited up to 2009 in Graaff-Reinet, the panels now find themselves home to Stellenbosch.

NATURE MORTE – THE STILL FROM LIFE on exhibition until August 2021
Still lifes and interior scenes are a well-practiced genre in the visual arts. The significance of which is particularly relevant at this time, as we have experienced confinement to our domestic spaces the world over.

By mainly including works from the permanent collections – the mediums of drawing, painting, print, sculpture and ceramics portray the South African stylistic movements of the 20th and 21st century.
Prominent artists like Irma Stern, Jean Welz, Cecil Higgs, Alexis Preller, Erik Laubscher, Christo Coetzee, Penelope Siopis, Derrick Nxumalo, Karel Nel, John Newdigate and Hennie Meyer, amongst others, are included.

The 17th century Flemish paintings from the Iziko SANG – Michaelis Collection start the conversation of Still Lifes as conventional and traditional but food and still photography by local photographers Claire Gunn, Michelle Parkin and Nadine Greeff feeds from this inspiration and blurs the lines between fine art and the commercial.

Exhibition view of ‘Nature Morte – The Still from Life’ Artists include Cecil Higgs, Clement Serneels, Jean Welz, John Newdigate & Ian Garrett and Claire


Exhibition view of ‘Nature Morte – The Still from Life’ Artists include Cecil Higgs, Clement Serneels, Jean Welz, John Newdigate & Ian Garrett, CLaire Gunn


Exhibition view The first three colour blocks from ‘Colour Symphony’ (1993) by Michéle Nigrini. Section from the artwork consisting of 395 oil on board panels.


Exhibition view The central and last three colour blocks from ‘Colour Symphony’ (1993) by Michéle Nigrini. Section from the artwork consisting of 395 oil on board panels.

OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS on show until 25 October 2020
Colour Symphony, was created by artist Michéle Nigrini in 1993. Taking a Modernist approach to observe and explore the reactions of colours to each other, how scale can influence colour and marks, and how a combination of line, colour and form activates and creates energy and flow. Through this ‘showcase’ of colour from purple to yellow, the artist used her familiar surroundings of a garden and its elements to visually and aesthetically portray the thought process and relationships between colour. Initially displayed as a 16-meter strip comprising out of 395 panels of oil paint on chipboard.
We now call on artists across South Africa to produce responsive artworks to this monumental artwork part of the Rembrandt van Rijn Collection. Successful applicants’ artwork will be included in the group exhibition to be showcased at the Jan Rupert Art Centre in Graaff-Reinet from March – September 2021. *More details on

Hennie Meyer (1965 -). Teapot on the run, 2007. Earthenware, slip, glaze and lustres. Courtesy of Riana and Nigel Martin Collection