Art is the soul of Ellerman House and the collection sets the property apart from other fine hotels in South Africa. The collection has been assembled over 3 decades and is 100% South African. Some of the older pieces, like the Volschenk from 1910, show an undeveloped Camps Bay with only a couple of houses. The development and growth of Cape Town can be appreciated as some of the art works depict the city from 1910 to the current century.
Art in House
The original collection was focused on paintings of the Cape, dating as far back as 1855. Thomas Bowler is represented in the Bowler Passage at Ellerman House. In this passage guests can see how British Regiment and Settlers occupied the Cape. Bowler painted original Dutch farmsteads and bushmen in the Cape, depicting how western civilisation impacted the Cape when it was first settled over 150 years ago. Jacob Hendrik Pierneef is another artist featured prominently in the Ellerman House collection and can be seen in the lounge. Pierneef was a South African landscape artist, 1886 – 1957, and is generally considered to be one of the best of the old South African masters. His distinctive style was to simplify the South African landscape to geometric structures. Other masters featured in the hotel include Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser, Frans Oerder and John Meyer.
The Contemporary Art Gallery
The Ellerman House Contemporary Art Gallery features local up and coming artists alongside modern masters such as William Kentridge, Diane Victor and Lionel Smit. The gallery is the only place where mixed media pieces such as sketches, photography etc are displayed; the hotel feature only oil, watercolour and acrylic pieces along with a few sculptures.
The majority of the sculptures can be seen in the garden at Ellerman House as well as the contemporary gallery. Smaller sculptures are scattered in the hotel and in the rooms.
Ellerman House invite guests to take the Ellerman House Art Tour. Guests will be taken on a guided tour throughout the hotel and gallery where they can learn more about the South African Masters and the development of the Cape through the last two centuries. Other Art Experiences include an Art in the City Tour and Art in the Winelands. Guests will be taken on a full day tour to the top art galleries in either Cape Town or the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek winelands, accompanied by a private art guide and driver. For more information on the Art Tours please visit the links below: