Pierneef’s legacy lives on at La Motte

The museum’s recreation will stir the memories of those who saw the original installation and inspire the imaginations of those who didn’t.

In the old days, many artists would trade early work for things like accommodation or food, but how their work ended up at La Motte is a little more interesting.

Art collectors Dr Anton and Mrs Huberte Rupert purchased a set of Pierneef linocuts for each of their children. Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg’s set is not only displayed in all the visitor areas on La Motte Wine Estate, it was also the inspiration behind the estate’s acclaimed Pierneef wine collection.

Obtaining permission to use these Pierneef linocut artworks on the labels of the premium wine range was the motivation for contacting Marita Pierneef-Bailey in 2002. The first meeting between Hein and Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg and UK-based Pierneef-Bailey and her husband, Ian Bailey, was in 2004 in London.

A friendship developed and in 2009, when the Rupert-Koegelenbergs visited Marita again, she mentioned her father’s personal collection and her wish for it to come back to the country he loved, to share it with South Africans. Resonating with La Motte’s culture of sharing, the idea was born to host it at the estate.

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