The La Motte Museum

culture in Franschhoek

OPEN TIMES
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Tuesdays to Sundays
09h00 - 17h00

Please note that the Museum is closed on Mondays

The La Motte Museum offers a stimulating cultural-historical experience, with displays depicting aspects of the Rupert family, focusing on Dr. Anton and Mrs. Huberte Rupert and the musical career of their daughter Hanneli Rupert. 
Please note that Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant, the La Motte Museum and the La Motte Farm Shop will be closing for a winter break from Monday, 13 July to Thursday, 6 August. We will reopen on Friday, 7 August.
 
Also featured is the history of La Motte and its magnificently renovated buildings, with a brief review of Cape Dutch architecture, supported by photographs from that era.

The largest room in the museum is dedicated to the life and art of one of South Africa’s greatest masters, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef.  A selection of contemporary art by other distinguished South African artists can also be viewed.

The museum is the departure point of the La Motte Historic Walk, a conducted educational tour of the Cape-Dutch buildings and other points of interest on La Motte.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 09h00 - 17h00.

Please note that the Museum is closed on Mondays as well as on Christian religious holidays. Reservations for groups are essential - maximum of 16.

Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (13 August 1886 – 4 October 1957)
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef was born in Pretoria in 1886. During 1900, Pierneef and his family moved to Holland, where works of old masters made a lasting impression on him.

On the family’s return to South Africa, Pierneef traveled the country extensively and his intimate knowledge of the Southern African landscape and architecture found expression in his work. Because line was so important in his art, he naturally excelled as sketcher and graphic artist. An extensive collection of sketches and graphic works, including a large number of linoleum cuts – many of which portray South Africa’s landscape and architecture – attest to his masterly drawing ability.

His greatness has been acknowledge by, inter alia, three honorary doctorates, while his works are represented world-wide in private and corporate collections, including one in the La Motte Museum.

Pierneef, regarded as one of South Africa’s greatest old masters, died on 4 October 1957.