Walter Battiss: “I invented myself” 14 February – 11 August 2018

Walter Whall Battiss was born 6 January 1906 in the Karoo town of Somerset East. His family later settled in Koffiefontein in the Free State in 1917. This is where his interest in archaeology and indigenous Rock Art was first peaked. Thus began a journey seeing Battiss eventually become not only an activist and constant innovator […]

A Lifetime of Collecting

The late Dr Anton Rupert and his wife, Huberte, started acquiring art in the 1940s. It became a passion spanning more than 60 years and culminating in the opening of the Rupert Museum in 2005. This exhibition features selected works from this 60-year period. It is a range of South African paintings and sculptures produced […]

Albert Adams (1929-2006) – a fractured history

Albert Adams (1929-2006) – a fractured history 9 June – 8 October 2017 Curated by Marilyn Martin and Robyn-Leigh Cedras This retrospective of Albert Adams’ oeuvre, which spanned more than fifty years and included works on loan from national and international public and private collections, revealed his prodigious talent for drawing from a very young […]

The Bigger Picture

The first Cape Town Triennial was held in 1982 – it was an ambitious project that quickly became an institution for anyone in the visual arts field. The Bigger Picture shows selected works from the permanent collection, many of which were acquired during the Triennial Period in the 1980s and ’90s and, while it features some of our […]


Or “the big five” a term the late Mrs Huberte Rupert used when she curated this display, features the works of five of her favourite artists – Jean Welz, Cecil Higgs, Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern and Anton van Wouw – most of whom she had close friendships with. The exhibit boasts 27 Stern paintings and is […]


By kind permission of the Transnet Foundation, the well-known Pierneef Johannesburg Railway Station panels are now on view at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch. In 1929 Pierneef was commissioned by the South African Railways to produce thirty-two panels to be displayed in the concourse of the then new Park Station in Johannesburg. On 26 November […]

The Rodin Exhibition

South African art lovers had the rare opportunity to view 27 bronze sculptures by legendary French sculptor, Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917). Amongst the bronzes on exhibit were famous works such as The Thinker, The Kiss and The Cathedral. The exhibition opened on 21 August 2008 and closed in 2010. However The Kiss is currently […]

Willem Strydom

From 28 September 2011 to 1 September 2012 South African art lovers had the rare opportunity to view an extensive selection from the work of well-known sculptor Willem Strydom, at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch. In this exhibition the artist explored the central values wholeness, proportion and luminosity in his sculptures and unique drawings with […]