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2 October2019

by Greg Cooke

Meticulously selected by the owner of The Royal Portfolio and avid art enthusiast Liz Biden, The Silo Hotel houses some of Africa’s most talented, emerging, and eminent contemporary artists.

Cape Town is Africa’s cultural capital. A conglomerate of influences from across the continent meet at the southern tip of Africa. A tourist hotspot, the Mother City offers a spectacular natural canvas on which to showcase the beauty of African art to the world.

The Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF), often recognised as the leading art fair in Africa, returns in 2020 on 14 – 16 February. Their vision is to showcase cutting edge contemporary art while bringing the African and International art markets together. Collectors world-wide visit the ICTAF to experience Cape Town’s vibrant culture and favourable exchange rate. The Silo Hotel and the ICTAF were recently featured in Architectural Digest’s Top 5 Destinations for Art and Design Lovers.

The emergence of Zeitz MOCAA and the Norval Foundation alongside established private art galleries in Cape Town, represents a coming of age of Africa’s thriving art and design scene.

Widely recognised as one of the best art hotels in the world (by the likes of Forbes and The Telegraph), The Silo Hotel houses a remarkable collection. Vibrant colours shine through as the contemporary artwork and eclectic design of Liz Biden contrast Heatherwick Studio’s stark industrial architecture.

In keeping with the collections at each of The Royal Portfolio’s properties, the art reflects the unique character and mood of The Silo Hotel. Situated above Zeitz MOCAA, all of the art found within The Silo is contemporary African art – defined by Zeitz MOCAA as art created from the year 2000 onwards. By definition therefore many of the artists are young, African artists, many of whom live in Cape Town and are keen to engage with guests at the hotel.

Art at The Silo is an evolving story. Highlighting both young, aspiring artists, as well as established, highly acclaimed artists such as Cyrus Kabiru, Mahau Modisakeng, Nandipha Mntambo and Athi-Patra Ruga, art has been specifically chosen to complement the unique interiors of each of the 28 rooms, offering individualised experiences for guests and many a reason to return.

Liz Biden constantly introduces new works and artists to the hotel’s collection and keeps the team on its toes by moving pieces around. Irene Boaventura is The Silo Hotel’s Art Concierge – Irene is from Angola – she is passionate about art, having completed an internship at South Africa’s foremost art association, The AVA Gallery,

To allow guests the opportunity to learn about the art and respective artists, The Silo Hotel offers private art tours to resident guests. These tours might include a visit to the artist’s Cape Town home or studio affording precious insights into the lives, inspiration and stories behind much of the art at the hotel.

"I curate bespoke tours that allow our guests to better understand, value and appreciate the art of Cape Town."

The Silo Hotel houses over 300 works of art. Liz Biden, together with Matt Biden, Managing Director of The Royal Portfolio, work with various local galleries to ensure the hotel houses a diverse spectrum of up-and-coming as well as established artists from across the continent. By doing so, African artists are exposed to discerning guests from across the globe, many of whom have subsequently purchased local art themselves.

The expert concierge team at The Silo Hotel ensure that the works are carefully packaged and transported to the guests’ homes, wherever they are in the world.

The Vault is The Silo Hotel’s small and exclusive art gallery located in the private parking entrance on basement level P3, the purpose of which is to link the works in the hotel and the not-for-profit museum with local art galleries, showcasing Africa’s most talented, emerging and eminent rising stars.

The Vault’s featured artists rotate bi-annually, and The Silo Hotel has committed to purchasing one piece from each exhibition.

True to The Royal Portfolio’s Purpose & Values, The Silo Hotel also supports The Lalela Project. Initiated in 2001 with just a handful of township students from Hangberg and Imizano Yethu in Hout Bay, Cape Town, the Lalela Project provides education through the arts to hundreds of children from age 6 right up until their departure from high school.

Should you wish to find out more about the incredible art featured in The Silo Hotel, please contact

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