By kind permission of the Transnet Foundation, the
well-known Pierneef Johannesburg Railway Station
panels are now on view at the Rupert Museum in
In 1929 Pierneef was commissioned by the South
African Railways to produce thirty-two panels to be
displayed in the concourse of the then new Park Station
in Johannesburg. On 26 November 1932 the panels were
The 32 panels are displayed in one of the halls with
special lighting effects that bring out the pure force of
Pierneef’s landscapes with his use of colour,
brushstrokes, uniform levels and geometrical style.
One can see how Pierneef was able to copy the
atmosphere so unique to the varied parts of the country
and yet not lose the association between the panels.
In addition to the panels, a short film is shown depicting
Pierneef’s life and artistic work.