“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.
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.
The Permanent Collection at The Robertson Small Hotel is a collaborative vision between chief curator of Art Gazette, Morné Visagie and proprietor Abigail Rands. Their mission was to select works that, together, create a strong and diverse collection of contemporary South African art’.
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.” The works in the Permanent Collection are not for sale.
The Robertson Small Hotel’s Rotational Gallery is an ever-evolving, living gallery, which 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. The always evolving collection is curated in collaboration with contemporary fine art disruptor, Art Gazette.
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.