Norval Foundation is proud to announce a formal partnership with Boschendal Wine Estate with an aim to reach audiences in the Cape Winelands. Norval Foundation’s artistic programme, collection of twentieth and twenty-first century art and specialized art related retail will find a second home in Boschendal’s nineteenth-century manor house and the surrounding grounds. The collaboration is significant for both Norval Foundation and Boschendal, placing innovation, creativity, education and an appreciation and celebration for local culture at the heart of the estate.
The artistic programme, displayed in the manor house, will contrast the history of the site with contemporary practices that captivate and challenge, providing a nuanced experience for visitors. Norval Foundation’s Homestead Collection—featuring artists from across Africa and with a strong representation of Southern African artists—will form the basis of the first year of programming with exhibitions rotating every three to four months. Opening with a selection of work by visual activist Zanele Muholi (born 1972) from their ongoing photographic series Somnyama Ngonyama (meaning ‘Hail, the Dark Lioness’), the exhibition will be on view for four months and organized into thematic groupings. Concurrent to the exhibitions inside, a series of sculptures will be sited immediately around the manor house, continuing the dialogue between past and present with work by Kyle Morland displayed alongside two sculptures by Edoardo Villa.
The art retail section will launch with unique ceramics by designer and sculptor Githan Coopoo designed specifically for Boschendal, as well as a selection of art publications.
Under the guidance of heritage specialists and in
advance of the opening in December, the manor house is being sensitively
restored and shaped for exhibitions and retail purposes. ATC architects are
building temporary structures inside the historic building to facilitate the
new identity. The drawing room will be transformed into a gallery. The historic
kitchen and bedroom will include a thoughtful refitting for retail purposes
The dining and reception rooms will undergo discreet upgrades to their lighting
and flooring, preserving original detailing, and acting as additional spaces
for the display of artwork. Consultations with specialists from Cape Heritage
are ongoing and form the basis of this transformation, prioritizing the
preservation of the manor house. Alongside these renovations, landscaping of
the grounds will take place over the next two years, featuring indigenous
plants and drawing upon the original plans for the gardens.