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 […]


30 - Groep Arabiere Zanzibar 1945 (640x595)

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 […]