La Motte pays tribute to the life and work of Pierneef in new art exhibition


A series of paintings and art work from artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886-1957) are on display at the La Motte Museum in Franschhoek. Pierneef was one of the most influential South African artists of his generation and the exhibition pays tribute to the late legend.

The year 2017 has special significance for the La Motte Museum as it marks 60 years since the death of the celebrated artist as well as the 90th birthday celebration of his daughter Marita, who is a friend of La Motte and the provenance of the museum’s permanent Pierneef collection.

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La Motte’s association with the art of Pierneef dates back to early 2002, with the creation of the estate’s premium, Pierneef Wine CollectionEver since, Pierneef’s love for that which is truly South African, as well as his passion for his art are echoed in more than just the name of this wine collection and the estate’s Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant.

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Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant also paid tribute to the late artist at the opening of the exhibition through a series of Pierneef inspired dishes. Here we have a white chocolate blanc mange with strawberry and elderberry jelly and red velvet opera served with La Motte Straw Wine.

There is also a strong synergy between La Motte and Pierneef with reference to a love for the South African landscape and nature as well as an interest in the preservation of architecture.

Visitors to the La Motte museum are offered a unique opportunity to engage with the various themes and their subjects, and to compare the various styles and approaches  by Pierneef in his almost 55 year artistic career. Themes such as mountains, clouds, trees and architecture that dominated the Pierneef oeuvre are explored.

Running until 3 January 2018, the exhibition includes more than 100 Pierneef artworks, personal memorabilia as well as educational information.

The La Motte Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 09:00 – 17:00 and entry to the exhibition is free.