A Tribute to the life and work of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef
La Motte Museum, La Motte
The exhibition - A Tribute to the life and work of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886-1957) 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).
And remembering 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. (Read more) 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 architecturethat 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.
A Tribute to the life and work of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886-1957) runs from 14 December 2016 to 3 January 2018. Tuesday - Sunday, 09h00 - 17h00.
The association - La Motte and Pierneef
La Motte’s association with the art of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef dates back to early 2002, with the creation of the estate’s premium wine, the Pierneef 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.
The inspiration for the wine packaging design comes from the posthumous limited edition of 128 linocut prints by Pierneef that has been in the possession of La Motte’s owner Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg since the 1960’s when she received it as a gift from her father. As copyright still applied to Pierneef when the design was conceptualised, La Motte asked Pierneef’s only child, Marita Bailey, for the right to use his name and incorporate reproductions of the linocut prints onto the wine labels. Sharing the love and interest for arts with Hanneli and her husband and CEO of La Motte, Hein Koegelenberg, Marita granted permission and a friendship was born.
In 2009, Marita shared her wish to have her private collection of Pierneef artworks returned to South Africa from the UK, to be housed and preserved in a suitable environment and to be available for public viewing. This led to La Motte acquiring 42 original artworks – in various media, from preliminary and preparatory sketches to executed oil paintings, dating between 1908 and 1955. Pierneef’s oeuvre dates more or less from 1904 to 1957.
The works, complemented with personal memorabilia, found their new home in the La Motte Museum and as part of the estate’s internationally recognised wine tourism offering,ensures an exciting discovery for those who enjoy the finer things in life.
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