The La Motte Museum in Franschhoek presents a new exhibition – a tribute to the life and work of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886-1957).
The exhibition, that will run for the duration of 2017, celebrates the artist’s contribution to South African art and enhances La Motte’s permanent heritage collection with selected artworks and personal artefacts from various collections in South Africa.
The year 2017 has special significance for the La Motte Museum as it marks 60 years since the death of celebrated South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886-1957) as well as the 90th birthday celebration of his daughter Marita, who is a friend of La Motte and the provenance of the museum’s permanent Pierneef collection.
La Motte’s association with the art of Pierneef dates back to early 2002, with the creation of the estate’s premium Pierneef Wine Collection. Ever since, Pierneef’s love for that which is truly South African, as well as his passion for his art are echoed in more than just the name of this wine collection and the estate’s Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant. There is also a strong synergy between La Motte and Pierneef with reference to a love for the South African landscape and nature as well as an interest in the preservation of architecture.
The selection of artworks and information have been carefully selected from both public and private collections to accompany and contextualise La Motte’s core culture-historical collection. Through this exhibition key aspects and periods are identified to introduce JH Pierneef – the man, the artist and heritage, each being highlighted by artworks and memorabilia that on occasion associates with key influencers, mentors, friends and collectors of Pierneef.
Themes such as mountains, clouds, trees and architecture that dominated the Pierneef oeuvre are explored. With more than 100 Pierneef artworks on exhibition, personal memorabilia as well as educational information, guests to the La Motte museum are offered a unique opportunity to engage with the various themes and their subjects, and to compare the various styles and approaches by Pierneef in his almost 55-year artistic career.