Cape Town


Exhibiting artists (Main): Athi-Patra Ruga, Maja Marx, Mia Chaplin, Michele Mathison, Chris Soal, Stephané E. Conradie, Ben Orkin, Cameron Platter, Dan Halter, John Murray, Lyndi Sales, Michael Taylor, Paul Edmunds, Pierre Fouche, Pierre Vermeulen, Sthenjwa Luthuli, Tangeni Kambudu, Sahlah Davids, Inga Somdyala, Lakin Ogunbanwo Exhibiting artists (SOLO): Maja Marx Founded in 2008, WHATIFTHEWORLD is a recognised contemporary art gallery both within South Africa and internationally. Part question, part purpose and part statement, their name anticipates the gallery’s program: a host of ambitious projects that promote curiosity and thought. With a strong focus on Africa and the African diaspora, the gallery represents influential artists who engage with global and local contemporary art and socio-political contexts. The gallery is dedicated to showing resolute solo projects and multi-disciplinary installations, with an interest in creating an environment that allows artists the freedom to create significant exhibitions. WHATIFTHEWORLD regularly participates in art fairs, including Armory Show, 1-54, and Untitled. Gallery artists have exhibited in major exhibitions and biennials including the 57th and 55th Venice Biennial; The Havana Biennial, Cuba; Sharjah Biennial, UAE; Guangzhou Triennial Guangzhou, China; Le Biennial de Dakar, Senegal as well as exhibitions hosted at prestigious venues such at the Center Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC; SFMOMA San Francisco and MOMA, New York; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; Tate Modern, London and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.

16 Buiten Streer, 8000, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Opening hours
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu: 09:00 – 17:00 Fri: 09:00 – 16:00 Sat: 09:00 – 13:00
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