Exhibitions

La Motte

The La Motte Museum not only offers displays depicting aspects of the Rupert family, focusing on Dr. Anton and Mrs. Huberte Rupert and the musical career of their daughter Hanneli Rupert, but also features the history of La Motte and its magnificently renovated buildings, with a brief review of Cape Dutch architecture.

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celebrating HERITAGE with the YOUTH

The Rupert Museum and artist Ras Silas Motse taught 48 learners from five local schools how to use COLOUR, LINE and SHAPE in graffiti design. The learners created panels with elements of South African heritage and diversity, expressing their pride and joy. The panels are a message to celebrate our country, its people and the youth.

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The Art Collection of Huberte Rupert

This exhibition and the full-colour publication celebrate Huberte Rupert's art collection of 20th century South African Art. The book features a selection of 100 artworks from the collection, this includes works by both Modern and Contemporary South African artists.

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CASTED

In a celebration of sculpture, this exhibition brings together a selection of figurative works in mostly bronze created by sculptors continents and more than a century apart. The selection features a European Master, Old South African Master as well as two contemporary South African Greats and casts a view on shared influences, style, execution, and approach to their practice.

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Albert Adams (1929-2006) – a fractured history

The retrospective of Albert Adams’ oeuvre spanned more than fifty years and highlighted his contribution as an exceptional artist and humanist. His remarkable, monumental triptychs, South Africa 1959, dubbed his “Guernica”, along with South Africa 1958-59 (Deposition), which features a crucified black Christ, was central to this exhibition. His self-portraits, a recurring theme in his work, displayed an agitated urgency and multi-levelled self-reflection.

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IN-RESPONSE: Art of the Space Age

The second Open Call of the Rupert Museum was launched in February - inviting all creatives from any platform to respond to iconic and ground-breaking inventions created in the eye of 1960s popular futuristic trends. As a result, over 200 entries were received with the judging panel reaching a conclusion of 39 successful applicants whose responsive artworks are now the IN-RESPONSE exhibition. In summary, the pieces you are about to encounter provide a contemporary take and material-based approach to the icons that served as its inspiration. The artists sought symbolic meaning while exploring the possibilities of their chosen subject, material and its execution. Mediums include painting, printmaking, ceramics, textiles and digital displays with various materials from recycled plastic, wood and steel to the more traditional.

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CASTED

This exhibition is an appreciation of the expressive artistic period that transformed and even transfigured anthropomorphic representation and informed the alternative use of materials. The selection of mid-20th-century sculpture in conversation with 21st-century contemporary pieces by both Patrick Bongoy (b1980) and Jake Michael Singer (b1991) challenges the viewer with forms and materials that are often disquieting, aggressive, bold, and textured

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Active Archive

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes managing an art collection? Well this exhibition will present a view into Collection Management and Archiving of a private art collection. Various aspects, disciplines and general practice will be explored, by using artworks from the permanent collection as examples to illustrate, demonstrate and physically engage with.

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Any Given Sunday

The anonymous and random public artistic interventions that comprised Any Given Sunday—which originally took place in the city of Cape Town and its townships from 15 May – 24 July 2016— were intended to reflect on the social, economic and political tensions of Cape Town, set against its histories and relevant sites. This covert approach underscored the central intention of the series: as a gentle and submerged way of foregrounding contested notions of visibility and acceptance in the city’s racially segregated spaces.

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Rembrandt in the Karoo

The latest exhibition, entitled Rembrandt in the Karoo opened on 25 May 2023 in the Jan Rupert Art Centre. Graaff-Reinet. The exhibition focuses on the main categories of printmaking, illustrated by a very special selection and inclusion of Rembrandt van Rijn etchings as well as works by relevant South African artists and printmakers.

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