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Muller Ballot introducing Mr. Louis Schachat
Renowned dealer reveals his private collection.

Andries Loots
 Week of 1 June 2000

Johannes Maswanganyi

A selection, comprising more than a 100 works, of the private collection of Louis and Charlotte Schachat owner of the " Kunskamer " Gallery, Cape Town,  is currently on exhibition at the Sasol Art Museum of the University of Stellenbosch.This exhibition gives the public an opportunity to have a glimpse into the private collection of one of South Africa's best known art dealers.

The collection  was started in the early 1960 with the help of collectors such as J du P Scholtz, Jean and Himie Bernadt and gallery directors Joe Wolpe, Linda Givon and Everard Read. The Schachats slowly began to apply and enjoy their personal preferences and empirical knowledge in shaping their own growing art collection. 

From the start they began to purchase the works of established artists as well as of young, mostly Cape-based, artists. Hence it came about that works by Pranas Domsaitis, Lippy Lipshitz, Cecil Higgs and Jean Welz began to rub shoulders with works by Stanley Pinker, Helmut Starcke, Christo Coetzee, and Bill Davis. From the 1970s works by painters and sculptors from the north, such as Robert Hodgins,  Karel Nel, Helen Sebidi, Norman Catherine and William Kentridge, also began to feature in their collection.

Jane Alexander William Kentridge Delise Reich
David Brown Norman Catherine
Stephan Welz opening the exhibition
The exhibition will be open to the public from 31 May 30 July 2000
University Museum US Art Gallery
University of Stellenbosch (Ryneveld Street)