Cape Town Art Exhibitions You Need To See This February
Here are HL’s resident senior story editor Garreth van Niekerk’s picks of the six Cape Town art exhibitions you need to see this February.
With the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Design Indaba Festival, and South African Menswear Week all happening around the same time this February, Cape Town’s culture crews are in for a whirlwind of a month. For those who are wanting to experience the visual side of the cultural spectrum, HL’s senior story editor Garreth van Niekerk rounds up some of the best Cape Town art exhibitions to visit in February.
Are you in Johannesburg? Check out the 6 Exhibitions You Have To See In Joburg This February.
Marlene Steyn & Gabrielle Kruger's Garden Smoothie at SMAC (closes 23/2/2019)
Walk through this overwhelmingly wonderful garden greenhouse creation made by two of the country’s most exciting young artists. Their collaborative artworks made of paint, mouldable clay and all sorts of other amorphic things are presented in ‘milkshake-like and smoothie-esque’ colours. Artworks have ecentric names like 'Sprouty Green Thingers' and 'Twitchers of Flamboyance', so make sure you read the captions!
Find more info about this and other Cape Town art exhibitions on the SMAC Gallerywebsite.
Nolan Oswald Dennis' Options at Goodman Gallery (closes 9/3/2019)
Using his painstakingly intense drawings, Dennis has created entirely new worlds for us to once again slip into – this time as a world bent on looking for new ‘prepositions’ not propositions. It’s an exhibition for getting lost in, so find time to get really close to the works.
Find more info about this and other Cape Town art exhibitions on the Goodman Gallery website.
Simphiwe Ndzube's Uncharted Lands and Trackless Seas at Stevenson (closes 9/3/2019)
Go on a psychedelic ‘fabulist’ adventure through painting, installation and sculpture into Ndzube’s imaginative universe, named Echoes of the First Stories, in this — his very first exhibition. It’s an epic insight into another world, and another celebration of all the bold, young new voices coming out of the arts right now.
Find more info about this and other Cape Town art exhibitions on the Stevenson website.
Investec Cape Town Art Fair (15-17/2/2019)
From the Tomorrows/ Today section that highlights exciting emerging and under recognized artists from Africa and around the world selected by Investec Cape Town Art Fair curator Tumelo Mosaka, to the SOLO section, which will explore the effects of the digital world on our lived realities, it’s the sort of experience you will need two full days for – so make sure to set them aside for ICTAF.
Find more info about this on the ICTAF website.
Brett Murray's Hide at Everard Read (6-27/2/2019)
For his first show with Everard Read Murray seems to have looked inward, away from the political antogonism of his more recent body of work. He will still be showing the flat Perspex cut-outs, metal texts, and sleek bronzes that he is know for, but ‘Hide’ also includes a series of large Carrara marble sculptures produced in Italy. Keep a lookout for the nagapie’s he will be showing, what Murrary describes as his own ‘self-deprecating surrogate’.
Find more info about this and other Cape Town art exhibitions on the Everard Read website.
Pedro Pires' Six of One and Half a Dozen of the Other at Gallery Momo (6/2-8/3/2019)
Gallery Momo launch their new space at 16 Buiten Street with Pires’ return exhibition that continues to investigate the unique perspective of this Angolan-born, Portuguese-raised artist. He asks, what is nationality? What makes us belong to a place, a country, a space?
Find more info about this and other Cape Town art exhibitions on the Gallery Momo website.
Gitte Möller's Ugly Girl Hand Cream at Smith Studio (closes 7/2/2019)
Escape into the video game arcade of Gitte Möller's first solo exhibition at Smith Studio where the artist plays with the boundaries between the virtual world and reality, painting familiar digital iconography like the 'tile' effect found in virtual house renderings into more domestic scenes. It's a whole lot of fun, and quite nostalgic.
Find more info about this and other Cape Town art exhibitions on the Smith Studio's website.
David Goldblatt, Yinka Shonibare and Ibrahim Mahama at Norval Foundation (opens 17/2/2019)
Three of Africa’s most celebrated artists get their turn in Norval Foundation's immense halls, with curator Karel Nel revealing one of the biggest Goldblatt retrospective’s ever undertaken in South Africa, and unveiling one of their first acquisitions of Shonibare’s work to the public. If their Wim Botha exhibition was anything to go by, this is going to be one you cannot miss.
Find more info about this and other Cape Town art exhibitions on the Norval Foundation website.