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A collection of art treasures that began in the 1940s by the late billionaire industrialist Dr Anton Rupert and his wife Huberte, culminated in the creation of the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch in 2005 and has since become a focal point for the showcasing of important South African and international art. The building design, with portholes strategically placed to bring in natural light, has three exhibition halls, all free-flowing to best display the works. State of the art technology is employed to control climate and artificial lighting.
Art on display include that of Irma Stern and Anton van Wouw, while the huge station murals created by Pierneef in the 1920s and regarded as his finest work, are on loan to the museum by Transnet, a large parastatal. These murals were originally commissioned by the South African Railways (later to be named Transnet) for placement at the Johannesburg station. Watch a video at the museum to learn more of this old South African Master.
Recently a renowned art consultant valued the museum’s collection at around R300 million, making it a substantial source locally of South African art.
The nominal entrance fee gives visitors the opportunity to view over 300 items of art which is occasionally rotated with novel and exciting exhibitions. The museum is open Monday to Saturday, 10h00 to 16h00. Outside, the restful gardens display bold sculptures that blend tastefully with the landscaping.
The Rupert Museum has aided in preserving an important piece of South Africa’s national heritage and should be considered a must-stop when visiting the winelands.