As with fine food and world-class wines, so too fine art needs to be experienced to be appreciated. Visitors to Franschhoek can once again look forward to a weekend of artworks and exhibitions, as the 4th annual Art Franschhoek ‘opens its doors’ to the public over the weekend of 25 to 27 October.
Over the years Franschhoek has established itself as one of the country’s premier art destinations with its numerous art galleries and resident artists. Art enthusiasts can choose to leisurely browse the galleries situated along the village’s main road, and within comfortable walking distance from each other. Alternatively choose to view the artworks on display at some of the wine farms, which include Grande Provence and La Motte. Garden and art tours at Leeu Estate add an extra touch to your cultural outing. Art Franschchoek celebrates these artists, and allows visitors to experience this unique part of Franschhoek.
A highlight of this year’s Art Franschhoek, as well as a first for the valley, will be an exhibition entitled ‘Masterpieces from Franschhoek Private Collections’. A unique once off display of exquisite artworks on loan from private owners for this weekend. These include never before seen works by the likes of William Kentridge, Alexis Preller, Dumile Feni, Robert Hodgins, Maud Sumner, to name but a few. Viewings of these rare gems will be on view to the public at Ebony/Curated’s Bordeaux House Gallery.
To celebrate the start of this festival of art appreciation some of the participating galleries will be hosting special events during the weekend of 25, 26 and 27 October. A detailed programme will be available on the festival website, www.franschhoekart.co.za. Watch the press for more details on what to expect during this time, as well as the remainder of October.