The Cape offers a world-class art destination for discerning travellers. Diverse and alive with culture and creativity, its art speaks of the character of the land and expresses a unique South African experience. For the ultimate journey through the country’s artistic landscape, we invite you to explore two of its finest private art collections from the comfort of two of its most luxurious retreats.
Experience a warm welcome to Cape Town, one of the world’s leading design capitals, at Ellerman House. An exclusive boutique hotel located in Bantry Bay, overlooking spectacular Atlantic Ocean views against the backdrop of Lion’s Head. Art is the wistful soul of this grand dame, with an impressive collection that has been meticulously curated to tell the history of a nation. Explore works throughout the house spanning over two centuries, from Thomas Bowler commemorating Cape Town in the 1800s to more recent pieces from artists such as William Kentridge with his striking social commentary work.
With its own Contemporary Art Gallery dedicated to South Africa’s rising stars, Ellerman House could easily hold your undivided attention, but just beyond its beautifully-adorned walls lies a plethora of dynamic galleries, such as the Zeitz MOCAA, Goodman Gallery and Everard Read. Join Talita Swarts, Ellerman House’s in-house art guide on a City Art Tour, tailor-made to your artistic interests. As an artist and curator herself, gain behind-the-scenes knowledge of some of Cape Town’s most important art and art galleries.
Broaden your horizons yet further in the Cape Winelands, the perfect pairing to a visit in Cape Town. Nestled between majestic mountains in the heart of the Stellenbosch Valley lies Delaire Graff Estate, a unique destination offering exceptional experiences. Renowned for its contemporary South African art, the Estate’s collection features works by celebrated artists such as Deborah Bell, Cecil Skotnes, Kendell Geers, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi and William Kentridge. Each piece has been personally selected by Owner and avid art collector, Laurence Graff, from a treasured portfolio.
Wander acres of manicured gardens, where striking sculptures feel at home in the landscape of Delaire Graff Estate. A botanical paradise, expertly designed by Keith Kirsten to be in bloom 365 days of the year. Cross paths with larger-than-life cheetahs, poised in perfection, in what must surely be one of the biggest collections of Dylan Lewis sculptures in a single setting, and come face-to-face with dramatic works by Lionel Smit and Anton Smit, among other prominent pieces throughout the Lodges & Spa.
Venture into town for a Stellenbosch Art Walk to experience its burgeoning art scene, showcasing its rich cultural heritage and art history at a number of art galleries, museums and exhibits. South Africa has a unique story to tell, beautifully woven through the fabric of its art.
View ‘The Art of Travel’, an exclusive itinerary with special inclusions from 1 April 2019 to 15 December 2019.
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