Ralph Weiden

Ralph Weiden

Ralph Weiden
CapeArt experience

Photos: Karl Rogers

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.

In his function as creative director he travelled to Cape Town for the first time 25 years ago and got to know not only the city and its surrounding, picturesque countryside via various photo productions, but also the contemporary art scene which had just begun to emerge.

Artists like William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas or Jane Alexander, who were able to first bring movement into the post-Apartheid era, awakened his interest as an art collector, so that first contacts were made with the important Goodman and Stevenson Galleries. Thereafter, contemporary South African art became a focus in his own collection. His network, which meanwhile covers also the lifestyle and culinary scenes, keeps extending in many different directions.

From this background, an idea was born:

The idea of CapeArt experience (and so my heading is now revealed). A trip through Cape Town, organised for you by Ralph Weiden. Taylor-made to match your individual interests, he will arrange a programme for you and your group, covering one to four days; he will accompany you on these excursions and will bring you into contact with those people who drive the vigorous development of art in this city.

Would you like to know more? Contact Ralph Weiden directly on: weidenr@aol.com, via his website www.weidenr.com. or instagram.com/caepart_experience

Ralph Weiden und Elke Backes