While Cape Town may be the design capital of South Africa, the Johannesburg art scene is thriving. The opening of the Orient Gallery is set to stun audiences who visit Johannesburg, with a breath-taking global collection of Adriaan Boshoff works to go on display in SA.
The Orient art museum is dedicated to the life and works of the pre-eminent SA impressionist Adriaan Boshoff. The opening will take place on Friday, March 15, 2019, in the grounds of the Francolin Conservancy. It is the home of the luxurious Orient Hotel and the multi-award-winning Restaurant Mosaic, providing a fitting location for the artworks to be showcased.
Marié Antoinette Odendaal is the curator of the exhibition. Although there are a number of large collections globally, it is estimated that the Adriaan Boshoff Museum – with its 137 paintings, grouped according to themes – has the largest collection of his works.
When complete, the museum complex will house more than 500 works of art that will be on permanent display, including pieces from Alexander Rose-Innes, Gregoire Boonzaier, Robert Gwelo Goodman, William Timlin, Hugo Naudé and Frans Oerder amongst other. Various sculptures and ceramics will also be exhibited at the museum, alongside more contemporary artists such as Hennie Niemann, Conrad Theys and Lynn-Marie Eatwell.
Although not open to the public at large, guests staying overnight at the Orient or dining at award-winning Chef Chantel Dartnall’s acclaimed Restaurant Mosaic, will have the exclusive opportunity to stroll through this world-class museum to view a feast of fabulous art.
The Orient Private Hotel is hidden in the Crocodile River Valley in the lush Francolin Conservancy, it is within easy driving distance of both Johannesburg and Pretoria. The first sight of The Orient is as unexpected as it is spectacular: A Moorish-inspired palace that looks as if it has been blown in from the Sahara Desert. This oasis of tranquility boasts ten individually decorated suites, each one more ravishing in exotic colour and imagination.
Award-winning chef Chantel Dartnall – voted SA’s Chef of the Year – has enhanced South Africa’s status as a gourmet destination on the international culinary map, thanks to her meticulous approach to modern fine dining at the renowned Mosaic at the Orient. Chantel trained in Michelin three-star restaurants under top chefs such as Nico Ladenis of Chez Nico at 90 Park Lane in London and Michael Caines of Gidleigh Park in Devon. She draws her inspiration from fresh, seasonal produce to create dishes which taste as wonderful as they look. The restaurant is decorated in the Belle Epoque style and has an intimate feel with booth-type seats and two private dining rooms.
Mosaic at The Orient’s cellar is one of the finest in the country, with some of the best and rarest wines from both South Africa and the world. Not surprisingly, it has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. Our cellar team, under the guidance of our sommelier, Moses Magwaza, expertly matches wines along with Chef Chantel to complement each individual dish on the menu and is happy to make recommendations. Prior to your visit, diners are able to select wines they would like to try – for instance to celebrate a special anniversary date. We proudly boast a Wine list with highly competitive prices.