Art uprising: Cape Town in 2017

2017-01-06 11:22 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - While Johannesburg is world-renowned for it's incredible and avant-garde street art, the art scene in Cape Town leans more towards the traditional European side. 

SEE: A glimpse into Jozi's rising street art culture

Brightly lit studios and galleries lined up along streets like Bree and Kloof, big collective art museums like the South African National Gallery, upcoming art-focused neighbourhoods like Woodstock and Salt River, and historic collections adding value to age-old wine-farms all speak of the Cape's art scene. 

The Cape's art scene is an open one too. Initiatives like Open Streets, First Thursdays and public art installations make it easy for urbanites to enjoy art without that notorious aloof connotation it often carries along. 

READ: 2017's Summer Cape Town Open Streets kicks off

Galleries are places of social gathering, rather that one-dimensional spaces for art appreciation. 

And there's more to come in 2017 - in regards to museums and art offerings, as well as options for art-appreciating travellers. 

Major Art-rising in 2017 

Come spring this year, the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) will open its doors in the re-imagined historic Grain Silo complex at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, hoping to be  'Africa’s most significant museum in over one hundred years'. 

SEE: WATCH: V&A Waterfront changes to position SA as a 'symbol of Africa'

The Zeitz MOCAA will become the world’s largest museum dedicated to showcasing contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora. 

Considering this, it's really no surprise that, according to Bloomberg, Cape Town is set to become the "hottest art capital in the Southern Hemisphere" in 2017. 

(Photo: V&A Waterfront)

The Mother City ranks as one of Bloomberg's Top Destinations for 2017, mostly because of the Zeitz MOCAA, and what this museum would mean to art on the African continent. 

What’s more, they expect Cape Town’s art galleries to be "upping their game in anticipation of the inevitable influx of patrons soon to descend on their city" because of the Zeitz MOCAA drawcard. 

Favourite existing art spots include StateoftheArt Gallery, Ava, Whatiftheworld, and Gallery Momo, they say. 

The building in which the Zeitz MOCAA sits has been reimagined for the 21st century by the famed UK architect Thomas Heatherwick,  and "those involved with the project hope to make it as influential as New York’s MoMA and London’s Tate". 

The museum will honour an Access for All Campaign, which means that no one will ever be turned away from Zeitz MOCAA due to the inability to afford admission. 

Access for All will ensure the museum has free-entry days every week.

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