The Rupert Museum is home to a collection of modern South African art collected from 1940 to early 2000s by the late Dr Anton Rupert and his wife Huberte Rupert. A South African businessman, philanthropist and conservationist, Rupert was a prominent figure in support of the visual arts, as well as promoting education, music and the preservation of historical buildings.
Huberte Rupert made the decision to create an art museum which would showcase their extensive art collection. It reflects the discerning eye and personal taste of Dr and Mrs Rupert, exhibiting a selection of what is considered a foremost collection of modern South African art.
The broader collection includes paintings, sculptures and tapestries by the likes of Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser, Ernest Mancoba, JH Pierneef and Anton van Wouw. It also features works by European artists such as Auguste Rodin and Kathe Kollwitz, along with French tapestries by Jean Lurcat.
The Stellenbosch museum was commissioned by Huberte in 2003 and designed by architect Hannes Meiring. Her brief was to create an intimate, unpretentious space that blended into the architectural style of the area. Approximately 2000 m², it was completed in 2005 and comprises three main exhibition halls and an administrative space.