The Norval Foundation: A Blissful Union of Art, Nature and Culinary Experiences in Cape Town
The Norval Foundation is the latest attraction clamouring for your attention during a stay in Cape town self-catering accommodation. Opened in April 2018, the Norval Foundation boasts one of South Africa’s largest art collections featuring both local and international visual art.
Celebrating Classic Artworks
Here the focus is on research as well as exhibitions and the Foundation is the custodian of the Gerard Sekoto Foundation which commemorates this legendary pioneer of black South African art.
The pieces on display are the handiwork of both 20th and 21st century artists and include the following highlights:
- Irma Stern’s “Arab” (1939)
- Sydney Kumalo’s “St. Francis of Assisi” (1962)
- Wim Botha’s “Prism” 5, 12 and 7 (2014)
- Serge Alain Nitegeka’s “Structural – Response II” (2014)
The building itself is a work of art with its floating, wing-like roof which doubles as a source of solar energy for the centre. Natural light flows freely throughout this modern structure, providing sweeping views of the lush wetland beyond as well as Table Mountain National Park and Constantia.
Art Meets Nature
With this natural bounty on the doorstep, the gallery aims to immerse visitors in its surroundings by bringing nature and art together.
The outdoor amphitheatre, and a sculpture garden arranged among indigenous plant displays emphasises harmony between the natural and constructed worlds.
Make a Day of It
A children’s playground, research library and a bespoke store add to the immersive experience when you visit the Norval Foundation.
The onsite restaurant and bar, Skotnes, is named after the South African artist and teacher Cecil Skotnes and offers a range of local eats. Executive Chef, Phil de Villiers is at the helm of this spacious, modern restaurant.
You’ll find a lot of local classics on the menu like ox tongue, slaphaksteentjies and jaffles as well as sophisticated cheese boards and crisp salads. In keeping with the Foundation’s high ethical standards, all the ingredients are sourced from small, local suppliers.
Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the best of art in this exquisite natural setting during your visit to Cape Town. You’ll get the best of the best when you book self-catering accommodation in Cape Town. Call us today.