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Take it home with The Robertson Small Hotel x Art Gazette

On paper - or canvas if you will - Art Gazette is a curated online platform of international and local contemporary fine art, but the true magic lies in its ability to cross boundaries between artists, designers and those in the trade to create inspiring public and private spaces: intuitively, collaboratively.

The Robertson Small Hotel is one of the very few places where art buyers can connect with Art Gazette’s portfolio in living spaces, rather than just online. This also allows guests to purchase carefully selected pieces, including the rare opportunity to buy single pieces too from the rotational gallery.

This perfectly underscores The Robertson Small Hotel’s ethos of supporting and celebrating contemporary art from South Africa, and so this dynamic partnership was formed in 2021. The collections are curated by talented South African artist, Morné Visagie, who is also the co-founder as well as chief curator of Art Gazette.

L–R: BELLA KNEMEYER, MIA CHAPLIN, MORNÉ VISAGIE, ANDREW KAYSER, NICO KRINJO

“The golden thread has been working with people who have a deep sense of curiosity and fascination with the world,” says owner of The Small, Abigail Rands about the on-going project.

An art lover herself the newly installed permanent collection at The Robertson Small Hotel ‘was a collaborative vision between myself and Abigail Rands’. Other criterion in the curation says Visagie was to ‘select works that, together, create a strong and diverse collection of contemporary South African art’.

Further commenting Visagie says: “Our aim was to build a collection that holistically forms part of The Small’s identity, the design, the people and the experience. It’s important for us to always highlight The Small’s atmosphere, by adding some humour, such as the Cameron Platter pieces as well as bold and suggestive moments, as with Micha Serraf.”

L–R: BELLA KNEMEYER, DALE LAWRENCE, SARA-AIMEE VERITY

Fall in love?

Take it home.

While the art in the permanent collection is not for sale, complementary to it is The Robertson Small Hotel’s rotational gallery. This ever-evolving, living gallery is displayed right across the hotel’s grounds; from The Small Restaurant and EM Bar to the reception spaces as well as thoughtfully placed in rooms and suites. One such piece by Bella Knemeyer may dazzle you at the entrance, titled The idea of too far. Shares Knemeyer on her work: “Coloured somewhere between the acidic twang of the anthropocene and hi-viz luminance of budding shoots, between the natural and industrial sublime, between sounding alarm and hitting reset, between vibrancy and stagnation. The idea of too far intently plasters and ploughs mulched paper, pulling focus on landscape tensions and how we build life around these dualisms.”

Fall in love with a piece? The rotational gallery allows you to take the artwork home. Visagie says some of the latest key pieces for sale in the rotational gallery are: Andrew Kayser’s “Too Late Too Cry”, which evokes stormy Cape Town days; or Mia Chaplin’s “Nude Woman with Handbag”,a bold, beautiful statement as well as the summer intimacy that Shakil Solanki’s “Moon sketch the line, moon bend the knife” inspires.

Enjoy a stay at The Robertson Small Hotel and immerse yourself in the living art curated by Art Gazette, perfectly attuned to the beat of life at Robertson’s only luxury hotel. Fall in love? Take it home.

L–R: BELLA KNEMEYER, MIA CHAPLIN, JEANNE GAIGHER
L–R: KAGISO REUBEN, RICHARD MYBURGH, TRACY PAYNE
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