Investec Cape Town Art Fair, taking place from 15th to 17th February 2019, has continued to develop exponentially as it approaches its seventh edition. Fair Director Laura Vincenti points to the broader offer, which “is attracting more international galleries, and more galleries from the African continent. The fair creates a world-class setting that places internationally-renowned names in contemporary art alongside the most exciting emerging artists from across the African continent, something you cannot find at other fairs.”
Newcomers at Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2018 included globally respected galleries such as Perrotin, founded in Paris, with numerous outposts in Europe, North America and Asia, and conceptual heavyweight Galerija Gregor Podnar, based in Berlin. Galleria Minini and Galleria Continua, both well established as prominent players in Europe’s contemporary art scene, returned to the fair for the second and third time respectively. This showing of some of the foremost art galleries in the world illustrates Cape Town’s ability to serve as a destination for international galleries seeking access to a new market of enthusiastic collectors, and insight into the region’s art scene, currently one of the fastest growing in the world. Investec Cape Town Art Fair offers an immersive and intimate experience of an entirely unique art capital, with plenty to offer international galleries and collectors to make the trip worthwhile.
Vincenti, who has gained valuable experience managing the design of Italian art fair Artissima, as well as other large-scale art biennales and international exhibitions, is now making use of her expertise to further develop Cape Town’s position as an international destination for art and culture.
“The Investec Cape Town Art Fair team promotes the city of Cape Town when we travel abroad, functioning as unofficial ambassadors,” Vincenti says. “International people know the city primarily as a tourist destination. But now its relevance as a cultural destination is growing. The connection between the two is very important.”
Investec SA marketing head Danni Dixon says, “Investec’s inaugural involvement last year, as headline sponsor, was a great success. We are thrilled to be supporting African art, and to be bringing African art to the world. By partnering with Investec Cape Town Art Fair, we can help our clients navigate the art of buying art. We are looking forward to the talent, inspiration and stories the 2019 gathering will create.”
As the anchor event within a week filled with exhibitions and events, Investec Cape Town Art Fair is a catalyst in the city’s cultural evolution. “The city has the infrastructure to push the art agenda. Cape Town is comparable to any other art capital in the world. It’s the right place for artists to develop their practice and for collectors to enjoy. We’ve got top hotels, top restaurants, and top attractions. Now is the perfect moment for the city to be seen, to be explored,” says Vincenti.