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Best Contemporary Art in Cape Town

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Joao Ferreira Gallery

This tiny yet well-regarded gallery is located in City Centre. It was established by João Ferreira who is a renowned art dealer with more than 20 years of experience in South Africa’s fine art market. The gallery makes up for its lack of size by showcasing stars of art like Paul Edmonds, Stephen Inggs, Alan Alborough and Bridget Baker.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA)

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa showcases amazing contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora. Located on the gorgeous V&A Waterfront, Zeitz MOCAA is housed in a 1921 Grain Silo that has re-imaged and transformed into a unique modern structure that still captures the historic elements of the silo. Inside you'll find nine floor of extensive art exhibitions, education spaces, a sculpture garden, a museum shop, and more.

Cape Town, South Africa
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The Ava Gallery

Church Street is where you can find the AVA art gallery. It is most likely the one of the oldest not-for-profit galleries of the city and is dedicated to developing the contemporary visual art scene of South Africa. AVA regularly hosts month long exhibitions that showcase performances, paintings, installations, ceramics, and photographs. The gallery has roots that go back all the way to the year 1850 and their presence has definitely shaped the art of the city.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Iziko South African National Gallery

Begun as a small collection of 45 paintings in 1871, the Iziko South African National Gallery originally showcased work by early 20th-century British artists. Beginning in the 1980s, however, the increasing emergence of impressive and significant art from South African artists caused the museum to begin to shift its acquisition policies. This lead in 1990 to a complete redefinition of the institution's purpose, which now celebrates vital examples of artistic expression from all over the African continent as well as European art, with a particular focus on the Southern African regions. Featuring such genres as painting, photography, textiles, sculpture, and bead-work, the National Gallery represents the pinnacle of indigenous artistic achievement.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Stevenson Gallery Cape Town

The Stevenson art gallery can be found in the Buchanan Building in the suburb of Woodstock. It is a gallery that features talented works of contemporary artists. Through its FOREX program it has been able to exhibit work of renowned International artists such as Thomas Hirschhorn Walid Raad, Glenn Ligon and Rineke Dijkstra.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Goodman Gallery

Goodman Gallery is one of the shining stars in Africa's contemporary art circuit. In Cape Town, the gallery is located in the old Fairweather House, and is a premier venue for art exhibitions and art festivals. Showcasing the works of top artists and painters, Goodman Gallery gives its visitors something to ponder over. Every display has a topical value and narrates a typically African tale. The gallery is a wonderful platform for budding artists in the country and abroad. Goodman Gallery is one of the most intriguing places to be; it has the power to turn you into an art-lover. Check website for upcoming exhibitions.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Whatiftheworld Gallery

Originally a tiny gallery in Cape Town’s City Centre, the WhatiftheWorld Gallery has since moved to bigger premises in what is becoming the rising creative neighborhood of Woodstock. Selected in 2007 by Contemporary Magazine in London as one of the Top 50 Emerging Galleries from Around the World, the gallery has become a hot platform of emerging contemporary South African artists. As a big supporter of local talent the gallery has launched the careers of several young artists and hosts regular critically-acclaimed solo and group exhibitions. It is one of the hottest galleries on the Cape Town arts scene and ideal for scouting out the local scene.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Irma Stern Museum

Tucked away in a quiet leafy avenue in Rosebank, the Irma Stern Museum is a true gem. The Firs, in which this pioneer South African artist spent 40 years creating and collecting art, has become a memorial to her life. Contained within, is an impressive sample of the artists' work as well as collections of rare pieces collected during her travels through Zanzibar, the Congo, and Europe in the 1940s and 50s. The fascinating collection of artifacts and furniture from around the world complement the house, which is a work of art in its own right.

Cape Town, South Africa
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The Barnard Gallery

This exquisitely designed art gallery was opened in the year 2010 by director and owner Christian Barnard. The gallery is situated in Newlands. It is known for being the home of a select yet modest set of contemporary artists. Many of whom have been well received and awarded for their work. Collaborative projects, group shows and solo exhibitions keep the gallery busy all year round.

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