We are delighted and excited.  On the 27th April, the brand new Norval Foundation is opening in the Steenberg area of Cape Town. The Norval Foundation is a new centre for the research and exhibition of 20th and 21st-century visual art, both locally from South Africa and internationally. Strategically located adjacent to The Table Mountain National Park, The Norval Foundation combines the experience of art with an acute appreciation for nature. This is an area of environmental importance where work has been carefully performed to simultaneously rehabilitate and restore a sensitive wetland system.

The Norval Foundation will be the first of its kind in the country – a space that brings nature conservation and fine art together. Natural wetlands in the area, near Tokai where Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs meet the Southern Peninsula, trace their source to the overhead Constantiaberg and are home to a number of critically-endangered flora and fauna species.

The museum will focus on the research and exhibition of modern, contemporary art, showcasing the work of 20th and 21st-century artists. The Norval Foundation are the custodians of the Gerard Sekoto Foundation, commemorating this legendary South African artist who is considered the pioneer of black South African art, as well as the Edoardo Villa Estate Collection and the Alexis Preller Archive. These sought-after artworks render The Norval Foundation unique in what it presents to Cape Town, making the soon-to-be-opened museum one of the largest private art collections in the country where the works of both local and international visual artists will feature.

The Norval Foundation is also about creating unity with its surroundings and offering visitors an experience that extends beyond art.  There will be much for the senses to appreciate … from its sculpture garden, beautiful outdoor amphitheatre, purpose-built exhibition spaces, extensive research library, bespoke store and an interactive children’s playground all situated within a unique setting  – these will offer visitors a truly multisensory experience.

And all of this is complemented by the sophisticated Skotnes Restaurant and Bar, named after renowned South African artist Cecil Skotnes  – and this aspect is part of what delights us even more.  While the restaurant was still in the planning stages, The Norval Foundation had already ordered their Le Verre de Vin wine preservation system for their restaurant.  This means that they recognise the value of having premium wine by the glass on offer.  And ensure that this wine by the glass list offering is viable, they recognise the need to have a world-class, wine preservation system in place – one that is easy to use, yet at the same time highly effective.  And they cannot go wrong with Le Verre de Vin – it will preserve both still wine and bubbly in 3 – 5 seconds, keeping the wine perfectly fresh for 21 days – no other system like it!

We know that Le Verre de Vin dovetails beautifully with their aim to make art widely accessible to local and international visitors, by creating a self-sustainable centre for art.

If you would like to know more about Le Verre de Vin and how you can really reap the benefit of offering an extensive range of premium wine by the glass too, then please contact us on 021 788 9788 or email us at info@bermarcollection.co.za and we will be happy to discuss this with you in more detail.