There is no doubt that Cape Town is bursting with incredible art. From photography to sculptures, the city constantly showcases the very best of international and local artists. It is difficult not to find a gallery or exhibition here, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Since you are so spoiled for choice, we have rounded up five awesome exhibitions for you to go see during the holiday period.
BO-KAAP IN CONVERSATION
With its brightly coloured houses and great food, the Bo-Kaap has always been a popular tourist spot. It is also one of the many places in Cape Town that is drenched in history and culture. Bo-Kaap in Conversation explores the community and how its social and cultural meaning has changed through time. The story is told through a video installation, that makes use of conversational narratives, images and sound. This exhibition is running until the end of the year, so make sure you see it before it’s over.
When Until Thursday 31 December 2015 at 10 am
Where Bo-Kaap Museum, 71 Wale Street, Bo-Kaap
Cost Adults R20, Kids and Students R10
Contact +27 21 467 7214, [email protected]
By now you should have seen the posters, heard the chatter and read our post about the Titanic Exhibition happening at the V&A Waterfront. If you haven’t, here is a quick breakdown: Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition lets you experience the world’s most famous ship by showcasing actual artefacts from the ship, meticulous replicas of the ship’s interior and a large-scale replica model of the ocean liner with its ruptured hull, along with the ominous iceberg. Regardless of if your knowledge about the Titanic is extensive or solely based on the film, you will definitely learn something from this world-class exhibition.
When Now until March 2016 at 9 am
Where Inside The Watershed V&A, Cape Town
Cost R80 – R320 at Webtickets
Contact +27 78 236 3780 or +27 83 610 0943
MOSES TLADI UNEARTHED
South Africa has produced a multitude of important artists, and Moses Tladi ranks high among them. He is regarded as the first black artist to have formally exhibited in the country. Despite being an accomplished landscape painter in the 1930s, his work has largely been forgotten after his death in 1959, until now. The Iziko Museum has curated 30 of his best artworks to remind the public of his great work, and to reintroduce him into South African art history where he belongs.
When Now until 31 March 2016 at 10 am
Where South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company’s Garden
Cost Adults R30, Kids and Students R15
Contact +27 21 481 3970
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Every year, the Natural History Museum of London arranges The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, and every year, the results are breathtaking. See nature like never before with these innovative, astounding and all-round stunning photographs captured all over the world.
When Tuesday 1 December 2015 – Saturday 30 April 2016 from 9 am
Where Chavonnes Battery Museum, V&A Waterfront
Cost R50 – R100 at Webtickets
Contact +27 21 408 7600
THE PRICE OF GOLD – AN EXHIBITION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS BY THOM PIERCE
This incredible exhibition documents the lives of 69 ill miners who have applied for a class-action lawsuit against 32 mining companies for exposure to toxic silica dust in the mines. Thom Pierce captured images of these miners from the Eastern Cape, Free State, Lesotho up to Johannesburg. These miners, like thousands of others, have been diagnosed with silicosis, a preventable but incurable lung disease that is contracted in the gold mines.
When Tuesday 1 December 2015 – Monday 29 February 2016 from 10 am
Where Slave Lodge, Corner Adderley and Wale Streets CBD
Cost R30 – R15
Contact+27 21 467 7214, [email protected]