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10 Poppin Art Exhibitions in South Africa in 2018


2018 is adding up to be another amazing year for art exhibitions in South Africa!

This year finds major openings happening throughout the country rich in arts, heritage and culture.  With so many events happening, we thought it might be helpful to organize details from some of the biggest and brightest names in the art world to help you get an idea of what you can expect and look forward to in the coming year.

In no particular order:

1.  Zeitz MOCCA Costume Institute

One of 2017‘s biggest stories, was the inception of the multi-billion Rand Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA) in Cape Town - now billed as the largest Contemporary Art Museum on the continent of Africa.

In 2018, the museum will expand even further. The launch of the museum's Costume Institute is very highly-anticipated and adds a formidable new addition to the international art world.

The museum has a gang of other opening happenings this year, but this one is sure to be special. We are still waiting details, but rumor has it that a very famous designer will be the opening exhibitor-so stay tuned for more!

2.  Khwezi Gule at the helm of the JAG

The Johannesburg Art Gallery has appointed Khwezi Gule as its new curator-in-chief. Given the recent appointment and the obstacles overcome by Gule on his ascent to the throne, there will be much focus of attention on Johannesburg’s prominent art gallery in 2018. Word has it there will be a new exhibition examining their collection by the end of this month (January).

3.  Goodman Gallery

It’s expected the Goodman gallery is going to have an amazing year, with major exhibits by their roster of acclaimed artists including Vandace Breitz in February, the combination of David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane June 2 through July 14, Yinka Shonibare MBE August 30 to October  4th, Kudzanai Chiurai from April 14 to May 12th at the Cape Town Gallery, with Sam Nhlenglethwa November 8th to December 8th and Alfredo Jaar returns from December 15 to January 12.

4.  Kalashnikovv Gallery

Some of Johannesburg dopest artists are going to be showing off their skills again this year at the Cape Town Art Fair where artists Vusi Beauchamp, Maia Malijevic, Amanda Mabulu, Andrew Kayser along with a gang of other talent. In April, the gallery will be featured in Sweden at the Supermarket Art Fair happening in Stockholm. Also expect some radical things from the Turbine Art Fair as MJ Turpin has been added to the curatorial committee.

5.  Nirox Sculpture Park

Nirox Sculpture Park, known in the art world as the epicenter of sculpture parks please host again to there ever popular Winter Sculpture Fair in April as well as a bevy of concerts and residencies. Be sure to follow them on social media to keep up with their evolving calendar of events!

6.  FNB Joburg Art Fair

Even though we don’t have any more details, we are excited about the fact that the FNB Joburg Art Fair is happening between September 6-9. No big confirmations yet, but you can expect the featured artist to be announced by March, with the full lineup to follow by June.

7.  Cape Town Art Fair

Get ready for the sixth addition of the Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF) happening on February 16 through the 18th at the Cape Town international convention center (CTICC).  Nontobeko Ntombela Will guest-curate their new solo section, which focuses on the production of women artists from the country and their contributions to the art world.

8.  Smith Studio

Smith Studio start the year off with the premiere of the genre-bending work of artist Banele Khoza on January 25. Khoza was the recipient of the prestigious Gerard Sekoto  award.

In April Rosie Mudge will exhibit her first solo show which should be memorable to say the least, with  Jeanne Gaigher showing beginning November 8th.

9. Hazard Gallery

The George Pember Foundation along with Hazard Gallery will be launching a mentorship program, as well as a competition who’s winner will be exhibited at Hazard along with a residency at the NIrox  Foundation.

South African artist Bianca Bondi opens February 3 and we forecast a major solo show by Pebofasto Momoena mid year.

10.  WhatIfTheWorld

WhatIfTheWorld is a groundbreaking new gallery in Cape Town. In February the gallery debuts a highly anticipated solo offering by artist Dan Halter, followed in May by Rowan Smith’s solo, and a solo show by Buhlebezwe Siwani in September.