The Heritage Foundation has recently attained the services of the very capable specialist in various aspects of museum and exhibition design, production ans installation.
Balthi du Plessis is a museology expert with 30 years’ experience in management, exhibition design, construction and installation and conservation, as well as interior and graphic design. His career developed from that of a curator to manager to Director of the National Cultural History Museum. Balthi also lectured in several museum and conservation courses, most notably in the Postgraduate Museum Diploma at the University of Pretoria.
He established himself as an independent consultant and designer after leaving the public sector museum industry in 2001, when he founded Balthi du Plessis and Associates. Since then, Balthi specialises in a holistic approach to combine corporate identity, exhibition design and strategy, integrating established museological and heritage principles such as conservation, education and public programs. Over the past 10 years, Balthi increased his scope of business to include corporate interior design and construction, drawing inspiration from his background in museums and heritage.
His services include dedicated, professional and technical teams, which enables him to cut out the “middle man” and unnecessary additional costs.
Heritage and Exhibition Design
Interior Design and Manufacturing
Special Artwork, Trophies and Décor
Some of Balthi's clients include:
Universities including University of South Africa, University of Pretoria and University of the Witwatersrand
Museums including the National English Literature Museum, Hector Pieterson Museum, Polokwane Museum, Klerksdorp Museum, Tsonga Kraal Museum, Dzata Museum, Bethal Museum
Blue Bulls Rugby Union
Hector Pieterson Museum
Standard Bank, including Standard Bank Achievers and Standard Bank Gallery
The South African Reserve Bank
Municipalities including Matlosana Municipality, Tshwane Municipality
South African National Parks
The Heritage Foundation
The Voortrekker Monument
The Heritage Agency
The USA Embassy
Johannesburg City Mall
House of Memory and many more.
Skukuza Exhibition (Kruger national Park) Design and manufaturing
Van Tilburg Museum (University of Pretoria) Design and manufaturing
Picasso exhibition (client: Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg)
The Dzata Museum (on Venda heritage) Design and manufaturing
Mapungubwe Exhibitions (clients: SANParks and the University of Pretoria) Design and manufaturing
The Matlosana Museum (re-interpreted history) Design and manufaturing
The Afrikaner Beacons Exhibition at the Heritage Centre in Pretoria (re-interpretation of Afrikaner history, design and manufacturing)
The Jewelry Meets Art Exhibition (clients: Schwartz Jewelers and Standard Bank Gallery).
The design of the new Museum of English Literature
The design of a mine exhibition for the SA Chamber of Mines
The design of the Skukuza Exhibition
The design of the Ceramic Exhibition for the University of Pretoria