Steenberg in Cape Town is to become the Mother City’s next major art destination, as the Norval Foundation prepares to open its doors. It’s home to one of the largest privately owned collections of South African contemporary art in the world.

The Norval Foundation will house the Norval family collection, which counts among its archive the works of the Gerard Sekoto Foundation, Edoardo Villa Estate Collection and the Alexis Preller Archive, all to be found between the sprawling sculpture garden, outdoor amphitheatre, multiple exhibition spaces, research library, restaurant, bar, shop and children’s playground.

Property mogul Louis Norval started the foundation. He is the cofounder of Attfund, one of the largest private-property investment companies in South Africa, managing director of the Parkdev Group of Companies, executive chair of Homestead Group Holdings, and serves on the board of a number of other major companies, including Hyprop Investments, which bought Attfund in 2011.

Brundyn gallery founder Elana Brundyn is in charge of the space, putting together an experience rivalled only by the Zeitz MOCAA collection a few minutes up the road – where, incidentally, she recently served as director of institutional advancement and external affairs. Read more