The 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries In South Africa

Known for its rich ethnic and cultural diversity, South Africa is a hotbed of artists and galleries which fuse western and traditionally African influences / Pixabay
Known for its rich ethnic and cultural diversity, South Africa is a hotbed of artists and galleries which fuse western and traditionally African influences / Pixabay
Photo of Laurence Gardner
8 December 2016

Known for its rich ethnic and cultural diversity, South Africa is a hotbed of artists and galleries which fuse western and traditionally African influences. Here we take a look at the country’s top ten contemporary art galleries to inspire the art enthusiast within you.

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The WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery is a rising star and a hotspot for emerging artists who create innovative and exciting work. Whether in solo or group exhibitions, the gallery has helped launch the careers of a number of high-profile South African artists working today.

1 Argyle St, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, +27 21 447 2376

The Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery

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Uwe Wittwer at SMAC Gallery Cape Town
Uwe Wittwer at SMAC Gallery Cape Town | © Kevin/Flickr
As one of the largest commercial exhibition spaces in the Western Cape, the Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery is widely known for its focus on contemporary art movements in South Africa such as the modernist abstract period and the protest period. The gallery is also committed to building up contacts within the international art community and, in 2009, it sponsored three artists’ entry into the 53rdVenice Biennale.

Fried Contemporary

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Fried Contemporary, Pretoria
Fried Contemporary, Pretoria | © Fried Contemporary
Established in 2005, Fried Contemporary have become the leading contemporary art gallery in Pretoria. Based in Brooklyn Pretoria , Fried aims to showcase the best the Capital City has to offer, from emerging to more established artists and curators. Focusing mainly on South African artists, Fried Contemporary gallery has three dedicated rooms that exhibits different artists or group shows every month.

Stevenson Gallery

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Moshekwa Langa
Moshekwa Langa | Courtesy of Stevenson CPT
With gallery spaces in Cape Town and Johannesburg, the Stevenson Gallery hosts both emerging and established artists and often participates in a number of international art fairs. The gallery also founded the FOREX program, which was founded in 2009, and has brought the works of a number of international artists to South Africa.

KZNSA Gallery

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Originally established over a century ago as an informal opportunity for artists to gather and exchange ideas, the KZNSA Gallery is today better known as one of Durban’s leading contemporary art galleries. It exhibits both South African and international artists, while also offering educational classes and a cinema, all housed in a building designed by an award winning architect.

Knysna Fine Art

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Knysna Fine Art, Knysna
Knysna Fine Art, Knysna | © Knysna Fine Art
Whilst the Knysna Fine Art gallery focuses on South African artists, the gallery often exhibits the works of international artists, displaying a number of paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. The gallery also works closely with a number of dealers and collectors and has sold works by a number of high-profile South African artists.

By Laurence Gardner