Cape Town is a cultural hub of artistic expression and activity and arguably the creative capital of South Africa. This creative metropolis is overflowing with venues that offer visitors the opportunity to view both contemporary and classic artworks.
It is no surprise that the Mother City is home to an extensive list of art galleries for both locals and tourists to explore. Explore the most prominent galleries in Cape Town with a few suggestions below;
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA).
Opened late 2017, MOCAA is home to the most extensive collection of contemporary art in Africa. The one-of-a-kind cultural institution in the Silo District Cape Town spans across nine floors and is home to German-born businessman Jochen Zeitz’s diverse private collection of artworks and installations from around the continent. This collection includes artworks from Marlene Dumas, Nicholas Hlobo and Nandipha Mntambo. The 9 500 sq m space is separated into 80 separate gallery spaces scattered around the landmark building and houses a full floor dedicated to art education, a restaurant and bar, a sculpture garden on the roof, a bookshop, various reading rooms and more.
Abe Opperman Gallery
Found in De Waterkant district, Abe Opperman Gallery demonstrates the magical grandeur of Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront and the Green Point Stadium within its walls. Its interior is modern, bright and illuminates the exhibitions it houses for six months before the next exhibition is curated. Opperman’s works exclusively hang on these walls, and his artworks are unmistakable.
Iziko South African National Gallery
Only a stone’s throw away from Labotessa in Cape Towns Company’s Garden lies one of the countries most prominent art museums. The South African National Gallery is home to a broad range of permanent South African, French, Dutch, British, and Flemish collections with a variety of temporary exhibitions of works on paper, paintings, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture.
Located in the historic area of Bo-Kaap, the Eclectica Contemporary art gallery is home to thought-provoking contemporary African art. The carefully curated art and design gallery explores the issues facing a growingly globalized world. Further, the gallery showcases practices and materials from art history, which pushes boundaries and purposefully explores the issues surrounding representation, technique and theory. The gallery is home to artworks from Daniella Zelna Alexander, Sue Greef, Loyiso Mkize, Ibrahim Khatab and many more.
The Goodman Gallery Cape Town
The Goodman Gallery in Cape Town focuses on promoting contemporary South African art and focuses on arts from Mzansi, African regions and countries that engage in an African contextual dialogue. With a history of supporting resistance art during the apartheid era, the Goodman Gallery is regarded as one of the most renowned galleries in the country. When visiting the gallery, you can expect to explore a variety of artworks which range from sketches and painting to installations and photography.
Christopher Moller Gallery
Nestled in the vibrant neighbourhood of Gardens, this unique gallery offers visitors a serene environment to explore the intricacies of fine art. The gallery is a peaceful area that is mainly focused on showcasing fine art pieces that are parenthetically framed by photography and sculptures. This gallery is the perfect spot to visit if you are looking for a contemplative space to explore fantastic artwork within the city centre peacefully.
34 Fine Art
Cutting-edge artwork engulfs this carefully curated gallery in Woodstock. The gallery focuses on both local and international fine art and design and features prominent artists such as; Esther Mahlangu, Norman Catherine, Mr Brainwash, Jade Doreen Waller and Asha Zero. Expect an entirely eye-popping experience right here in the Mother City.
Michael Stevenson Gallery
Considered by many as the most respected contemporary art gallery in the country, the Michael Stevenson Gallery is home to a collection of carefully curated artworks. The gallery found in Woodstock showcases a variety of international collections in an industrial setting. The gallery attracts both local and internal visitors every year because of the exciting selection of art on display.
Housed on the edge of the city centre in Woodstock, Whatiftheworld gallery is the epicentre for contemporary emerging South African artists. The innovative artworks are housed in a decommissioned synagogue and feature a variety of artworks that range from installation to sculpture art as well as performance art pieces.
The Rust-en-Vrede gallery is housed in an old jail in Durbanville and is a must-see for visitors to Cape Town and its broader areas. The northern suburbs or its preferred name, the Cape Winelands is home to both magnificent wine and exceptional artwork. The Rust-en-Vrede gallery houses three exhibition spaces featuring both established and emerging artists with an accompanying clay museum. The gallery features an array of contemporary and traditional ceramics that pay homage to Durbanville’s rich history with clay.
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