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A significant new space for modern art

The long-anticipated opening of the Norval Foundation in Steenberg, Cape Town, is set for 28 April 2018.

The new centre for art will be a research and exhibition space for 20th and 21st-century artworks, as well as a platform for music and cultural expression.

Adjacent to Table Mountain National Park, and housed in world-class facilities, the Norval foundation includes a sculpture garden, outdoor amphitheatre, purpose-built exhibition spaces, a research library, a restaurant and bar, a shop and a children’s playground.

The new art gallery will house the Norval Foundation private collection, one of the largest private collections of South African contemporary art, as well as host key exhibitions of both local and international artists. Guided by director Elana Brundyn and her team of museum professionals, the Foundation aims to create high-quality exhibitions and public programming. The Norval Foundation is the custodian of the Gerard Sekoto Foundation, Edoardo Villa Estate Collection and the Alexis Preller Archive.

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The Skotnes Restaurant is the culinary arm of the Norval Foundation. Named after South African artist Cecil Skotnes, the restaurant is naturally at home in the world of art. Overlooking the foundation’s wetland system and innovative sculpture garden, the Skotnes integrates nature and architecture. The menu pays homage to classical South African cuisine while updating its flavours and distilling its ingredients to their simplest possible presentation. All ingredients are sourced from local, small-batch suppliers, with the intention of supporting and uplifting local communities. At the helm of the Skotnes is Executive Chef, Phil de Villiers.

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The Norval family are the founders and initial funders of the Norval Foundation, and their aim is to make art widely accessible to local and international visitors, by creating a self-sustainable centre for art. The proceeds from capital donations will be used to secure the foundation for future generations.

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