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, the Norval Foundation will offer visitors a multisensory experience that combines the exhibition of art with an appreciation for nature. Housed in world-class facilities, the 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 Skotnes Restaurant is the culinary arm of the Norval Foundation. Named after legendary South African artist Cecil Skotnes, the restaurant is naturally at home in the world of art. Overlooking the foundation’s serene wetland and innovative sculpture garden, the Skotnes seamlessly integrates nature and architecture. The menu pays homage to classical South African cuisine, whilst 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. De Villiers previously led the Primal Eatery, which was named Eat Out’s Best Steakhouse of 2017.
Guided by director Elana Brundyn and her team of museum professionals, the Norval 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.
The Norval family are the founders and initial funders of the Norval Foundation. 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.