By Nii B. Andrews

Right adjacent to Table Mountain National Park, a new, private, 10,500 sqm contemporary African art (CAA) museum will open its doors today.

The founders and initial funders of the project, named the Norval Foundation, are the Norval Family.

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI: Sydney Kumalo, 1962.

Their objective is to make art widely accessible to local and international visitors, by creating a self-sustaining centre for art.

They believe that art has the power to enrich lives and that artists contribute to our communities in a profound way.

HEAD STUDY: Cecil Skotnes, 1989.

The Norval Foundation is the custodian of the Gerard Sekoto Foundation, Edoardo Villa Estate Collection, and the Alexis Preller Archive.

Louis Norval – a property investor and family head, has been collecting CAA for the last 20 years.

MOTHER AND CHILD: Eduardo Villa, 1980.

But he stated, “There is no requirement or expectation that it should show art from my collection.”

The gallery – which is set on 12 acres and includes a sculpture garden, library and upscale restaurant – is opening with a small show of works from the Norval collection focused on spirituality in South African art.


ARTcapital Ghana offers its warmest congratulations to the Norval Family; we hope that their Foundation will grow from strength to strength to the benefit of CAA.

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