The Norval Foundation, founded by the Norval family, opened its doors in April 2018 and is a centre for art in Tokai, Cape Town. The space, designed by dhk Architects and headed by Elana Brundyn, is a platform for cultural expression, exhibitions of 20th and 21st century art, and a place for research. The centre aims to make private collections of art accessible to local and international visitors.
The Norval Foundation features a sculpture garden, outdoor amphitheatre, exhibition spaces, a research library, a shop, playground and the Skotnes Restaurant and Bar. The museum has several exhibition rooms, as well as focus shows throughout the year. The building is self-sufficient, with a water purification system and solar panels. Building was done with consideration for the area, in order to preserve and rehabilitate the wetlands.
Skotnes is named after South African artist Cecil Skotnes. The restaurant opens up to views of the sculpture garden, ensuring that you get a dose of art while eating. The decor is contemporary, and cosy, with an overall appeal of understated luxury. The inside is complementary to the views outside with colours of green and brown, as well as the natural textures of leather and wood. Upstairs sits a sleek bar, overlooking the surrounding wetlands.
Visitors can expect coffee and pastries between 10-12pm, lunches, and dinners. In keeping with local celebrations, the menu is made using small, locally sourced suppliers. Executive Chef, Phil de Villiers, brings patrons a menu that aims to celebrate South African cuisine. In summer, guests will have the opportunity to purchase a picnic basket, selected by the Head Chef, and enjoy it in the sculpture garden.
Upon our visit, we were treated to Skotnes house wines (buttery Chardonnay) and coffees, served in glasses on a wooden board. For starters, we enjoyed the beetroot and the mushroom soup; the steak and bobotie for mains; the delectable chocolate lamington for dessert.
For more information, visit norvalfoundation.org, call +27 87 654 5900, or email email@example.com.
*Entrance to the museum is R140 (free on Mondays and always free for under 18’s), or R200 for an annual membership card, which includes 10% discount on your food bill at The Skotnes.
*Skotnes Restaurant and Bar is closed on Tuesdays.