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Top South African Art Galleries: Cape Town, Joburg and More

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Lounging around this weekend seems very tempting, especially with so many binge-worthy shows on Netflix. For some, this might be the perfect end to a long week. But, for the adventure-hungry art lover, art galleries in Cape Town, Joburg, and Durban are waiting!

South African artists are leading the world into a new wave of contemporary art and sculpture. Let’s hop out to the best art exhibitions that South Africa has to offer in 2020.

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Art Galleries in Johannesburg

The metropolitan city of Joburg boasts several of the best art galleries in South Africa. Being home to various artistic greats, Johannesburg museums and galleries host exhibitions that will leave you amazed.

Gallery MOMO

Set in Parktown North Johannesburg, Gallery MOMO is a proud contemporary art gallery with permanent and temporary exhibitions.

This modern gallery space celebrates artists from across Africa and has showcased large talent since its establishment in 2002.

Gallery MOMO offers a residency program for international curators and artists, aiming to encourage a dialogue among international masters.

With featured artists such as Angolan born Portuguese artist Pedro Pires and solo exhibitions by Raél Jero Salley, there has never been a better time to visit Gallery MOMO.

Everard Read Art Gallery

Some of Africa’s most important art and sculptures have been on display in  Africa’s oldest commercial art gallery, Everard Read.

With branches in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Franschhoek, and London, Everard Read is a leader in showcasing African talents such as Anton Momberg and Blessing Ngobeni.

Situated in Rosebank, Johannesburg, the building itself is known as an icon of post-modern design. Adding to the prolific art and design experience inside.

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Art Galleries in Cape Town

Cape Town soil is rich with history and culture so it seems fitting that it’s home to some of the country’s most respected art galleries.

Stevenson Gallery

Stevenson Gallery has branches in Amsterdam, Johannesburg, and Cape Town. The viewing rooms are available both online and in-person. They are filled with vibrant contemporary art celebrating each respective region.

Home to the work of photographer Zanele Muholi, the Cape Town gallery has much to offer and will leave you wanting more.

Stevenson Gallery has played a big role in the development of African art and sculpture throughout the years. They will continue to be an important part of the South African scene.

Zeitz Museum

This museum is known for its outstanding architecture beaming over the V&A Waterfront Silo District in Cape Town.

From food and shopping to audio tours and educational centers, the Zeitz Museum has a lot to offer its visitors.

This non-profit institution prides itself on researching, collecting, and preserving African art. Zeitz proudly develops intercultural understanding and education value to the public.

The online shop carries amazing products and art prints that have been crafted by some of Africa’s best artisans and designers.

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Art galleries in Kwa-Zulu Natal

If you find yourself in the KZN area this weekend, make sure to pop into these amazing galleries. Discover layers of history and culture on your doorstep.

Elizabeth Gordon Gallery

If you are looking for one of the best galleries in KZN, look no further than the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery in Morningside, Durban.

Located in an old Edwardian house and one of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s top commercial art galleries, Elizabeth Gordon Gallery displays some of the best emerging talents in Africa. From fine art to print sales, Elizabeth Gordon Gallery is a strong supporter of local talent.

Kwa-Zulu Natal Society Of Arts (KZNSA)

Whether you’re an art-lover or an artist yourself, this is a must-see hotspot for African creations. KZNSA is considered to be the leader of contemporary art in KZN and is located in Bulwer, Durban.

This not-for-profit gallery focuses on inclusivity and intimacy among the visitors and the art.

They offer a wide range of workshops in a public space that’s free to attend. The contemporary architecture of the building offers an inviting space to exhibit, learn, and buy the artwork.

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Galleries in the Free State

Bloemfontein is bursting with artistic history that’s waiting to be discovered. Get to know the area and the artists this weekend by visiting some of the most prolific galleries in South Africa.

Gallery on Leviseur

This contemporary art gallery is located in Westdene, Bloemfontein, and is a fun and inviting space to visit. The outside architecture resembles a “sculpture courtyard” and the inside walls are filled with unique pieces for collectors and admirers alike.

Not shy to showcase up-and-coming artists, this space is a must-visit for art enthusiasts.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum

This Neo-Dutch inspired mansion sits off Dan Pienaar road in Bloemfontein. Oliewenhuis is home to many permanent and temporary exhibitions and provides in-depth resources, research, conservation, and educational opportunities to the public.

The museum is committed to preserving art that represents South African heritage and history and is dedicated to publishing research and information to the public. Guided tours and artwork sales are open to all visitors.

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Online Art Gallery

State Of The Art

If you are looking for affordable artwork for sale online, then State Of The Art is the place to visit. This leading place to buy online art displays all artwork that is available on the showroom floor in Cape Town.

From paintings and sculptures to mixed media works, State Of The Art has prestigious work that anyone can afford to take home.

Final Thoughts on South African Art Galleries

The world of South African art galleries is waiting for you. Artists and enthusiasts alike can visit these amazing spaces to find their inspiration. So, let’s get off the couch and get moving to the best art and workshops our country has to offer.

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