Belgium, Sint-Martens-Latem. I need to mention that I am visiting an artist today whose works I have never seen live, and which I only know as pictures via an Instagram account. A risky experiment!...

My special thanks go to Ralph Weiden, who organised all the interview dates, accompanied me and made this wonderful insight into the art and design scene possible....

Walkabout in the Düsseldorfer Akademie, Class of Katharina Fritsch. Hakan Eren is on the verge of his final exam. Clearly nervous, he tinkers with the final details of his presentation. Here, the term "tinker" hits the nail on the head. The creations mounted on the walls spontaneously remind me of technoid construction models for advanced hobbyists in a toy shop of a long gone era....

The Stevenson Gallery was established in 2003 in Woodstock, a district of Cape Town, that is increasingly becoming the location of the creative scene. From the start, it concentrated exclusively on contemporary African art. While this may perhaps give us a weary smile, it is worth a special mentioning in view of the development of the art market there. As a result of Apartheid and its oppressive policies – despite coming to an end in 1994 - there were still no education opportunities or possibilities for grants for young artists on the entire continent at the time of the founding...

Cape Town. Originally, it should have just been a special artist's book which Rodan Kane Hart had wanted to create jointly with Ben Johnson and launch on the occasion of his participation at the Venice Biennale 2017 in the bookshops there. But then, this book resulted in an idea to be born. The idea of establishing an innovative young publishing company for art editions ...

Cape Town. In close proximity to the Zeitz MOCAA Museum is the Southern Guild Gallery. Unusual furniture, accessories looking like sculptures, picturesque tapestries, individual lights and artistic statues are arranged to make the space appear like a museum. This gallery, which was established by Trevyn and Julian McGowan, represents artist-designers ...

Cape Town. With the opening of the Norval Foundation, another architectural and conceptual highlight for culture buffs was created in Cape Town. The opening of the Zeitz Mocaa Museum as recently as last year drew international attention for the first time to as yet little known African contemporary art. This led to the creation of another space which feels committed to exploring and presenting the African art of the 20th and 21st century ...

IAmidsts the vicinity of the V&A Waterfront, the port and restored docklands surrounding the two historic basins of the Cape Town harbour, lies the Zeitz MOCAA Museum which opened in 2017. It is the first museum on the whole continent which focuses exclusively on contemporary African Art and the first which had spectacular architecture created for the presentation of its art ...

Düsseldorf. Visiting art fairs is exciting. At least in the beginning. Then, at some stage, it starts to become tiring because one can feel one's concentration going. Many a good art work is then simply missed, unless ...