– Cape Town: an international hub for contemporary African art
In South Africa, the city of Cape Town is emerging as an artistic hotspot with a concentration of museums and galleries. Artists from all over the continent come here.
Zeitz MOCAA: a museum to eat and sleep
the Zeitz MOCAAA (Museum of Contemporary African Art) is the largest contemporary art museum in Africa and the African diaspora. The site includes a five-star hotel (Silo Hotel) and a luxury restaurant (Zeitz MOCAA Food). Located overlooking the ocean, the complex is installed in old grain silos transformed according to the plans of the London architect Thomas Heatherwick. One of the most influential current designers in the world. The vertical tubes are cut out to reveal cylindrical shapes. Opened in 2017, the Zeitz MOCAA bears the name of German businessman and collector Jochen Zeitz who acquired the building for a price that remained confidential. Her goal: to exhibit works from her personal collection, including works by Owusu-Ankomah, Kudzanai Chiurai and Marlene Dumas in particular. Until the end of August, the MOCAA presents a retrospective of Tracey Rose (born 1974 in South Africa), a radical voice in the art world.
Africa’s largest art fair
Every February, at the end of the Australian summer, theInvestec Cape Town Art Fair is emerging as the largest contemporary art fair in Africa. Driven by the dynamism of the local community, the event brings together more than a hundred exhibitors and attracts some 20,000 visitors. Organized in the imposing congress center (CTICC), the fair brings together collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and artists from all over the world. perrotin (Paris), Gregor Podnar (Berlin) or Tiwani Contemporary (London) regularly participate in this event launched in 2012.
The Gallery District
The most interesting galleries (Gallery A 11,young blood africa, 99 Loop Gallery) are concentrated along Bree Street and Loop Street in the city center. The opening of most of these addresses dates back to the early 2010s. The economic euphoria of this period boosted the creativity of the city. Do not miss it Eclectic Contemporary, a gallery whose curator, Marli Odendaal, highlights the work of female artists from the African continent. The area is full of cafes, pubs and restaurants (Poké Co, The Village Idiot, Villa 47).
The charm of first Thursdays
Launched in 2012, the first thursdays takes place every first Thursday of the month. These late-day and evening events feature a rich art program from the city’s galleries and cultural attractions. Street orchestras, food trucks and traditional African dances create a party atmosphere that lasts well into the night.
Art in the middle of the vineyards
Opened in the middle of the vineyards in 2018, the Norval . Foundation, dedicated to African art, was created by Australian businessman Louis Norval. The semi-wild garden brings together thirteen works, organized around a sculpture by the British-Nigerian Yinka Shonibare, for whom it is the only large-scale work on the continent. The next exhibition, scheduled for this fall, is dedicated to the artist Athi-Patra Ruga, born in 1984 in the Eastern Cape province. The visitor can also experience the local varieties in the excellent Skotnes Restaurant and Bar.
Mary Vakaridis is a journalist. She has worked for several titles in the daily press, as well as for television and then for radio Romande (RTS). A graduate of the University of Lausanne in Letters, she cherishes her status as a journalist, allowing her to unleash her curiosity.More information
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