Art & Design

Cape Town is home to much of the country’s phenomenal art talent. A great deal of the work produced is available to be both viewed and purchased from a wide variety of art galleries and museums across the city and in the surrounding areas. We’ve put together some of our favourite spots.

Cape Town’s “urban art” includes hundreds of graffiti paintings or drawings that partly cover buildings and walls all over the city. The majority of Cape Town’s graffiti artworks deal with current issues, concerns and public sentiment – the things that matter.

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This fast-rising young gallery has become a destination point for curators and collectors to experience innovative work. By giving voice to new talents, the gallery intends to grow public dialogue and critical debates within the contemporary art community.

The V&A Waterfront is the home of four bronze statues of four men who are part of a proud moment in South African history – Nelson Mandela, F.W. De Klerk, Desmond Tutu, Albert Lutuli. Collectively they brought down a system of government that was faulty and inhumane in a peaceful manner with the minimum of bloodshed.

These men each represent a sector of the society who supported them, so in fact they stand as representatives of all the people who suffered hardships and some who lost their lives for the cause.

All four men were all recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize for their achievements.

ZEITZ Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) is the major new cultural institution housed in the Grain Silo building. Built in 1921, and at 57m tall, the Grain Silo remains an icon of the Cape Town skyline. It has become a platform for artists across Africa and houses the largest collection of African contemporary art across 9,500 sqm of space.

The bronze statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town. This has recently been a subject of great controversy, and was removed from its iconic spot at the foot of the university steps.