The New Church Museum is owned by Piet Viljoen, and is the first privately owned contemporary art museum in South Africa. It has been set up to exhibit Viljoenâ€™s private collection of contemporary South African (and African) art.
The purpose of the Museum is to make contemporary South African and African art accessible to the public. Piet Viljoen, is motivated by artâ€™s ability to facilitate the examination of societyâ€™s values and norms, and believes that this has tremendous social benefit. To this end, he has endowed the museum with his art collection of over 400 pieces.
The Museumâ€™s program includes exhibitions by invited curators, whose research interests and curatorial sensibilities offer 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 Museumâ€™s ethos is nimble and reflective. Through an engaging program of exhibitions, its collection and publications, it identifies and supports the most significant and challenging art of its time, actively fostering and presenting original scholarship from South African and African artists.
Admission is free and all are welcome.