In May 2016 The New Church Museum suspended its exhibition program at the 102 New Church Street venue for a period of sabbatical. The activation and development of The New Church Museum’s permanent collection continues unabated.
The New Church Museum opened to the public in 2012 as South Africa’s first contemporary art museum.
Piet Viljoen, the founding benefactor, is motivated by art’s ability to facilitate the examination of society’s values and norms, and believes that this has tremendous social benefit. To this end, he endowed the Museum with his art collection of more than 500 pieces. The New Church Museum’s Collection, therefore, is loaned nationally and internationally on a regular basis to promote engagement with South African and African art.
The Museum’s program included exhibitions by invited curators, whose research interests and curatorial sensibilities offered the public an active engagement with the permanent collection and with artworks loaned from other private and public museums and collections, nationally and internationally.
The New Church Museum’s ethos is nimble and reflective. Through an engaging program of exhibitions, its collection and publications, it has identified and supported the most significant and challenging art of its time, actively fostering and presenting original scholarship from South African and African artists.
Please review the contact page for details regarding image requests, loan and research enquiries.