Cape Town gets Contemporary
South Africa’s art scene is set for an exciting new addition that is said to rival the likes of the Tate Modern and New York’s MoMA.
Cape Town’s V & A Waterfront is home to the African continent’s first major museum dedicated to contemporary African art, opening in September 2017.
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MoCAA) has the unique purpose of nurturing the development of art created in Africa and the African Diaspora.
To go along with this unique purpose is a unique position on Cape Town’s scenic Waterfront.
The Waterfront’s iconic Grain Silo Complex has undergone a makeover. One of the future arrivals to the complex is the Zeitz MoCAA. It sits beneath the latest addition to the Grain Silo Complex; The Silo Hotel which officially opened its doors on 1 March 2017. Both the hotel and museum form part of the major redevelopment of the Grain Silo Complex which is being revitalized with an emphasis on arts and culture.
According to the Museum, the mission is to “Collect, preserve, research, and exhibit cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora; to host international exhibitions; to develop supporting educational and enrichment programmes; to encourage intercultural understanding; and to guarantee access for all.”
The visionary project is not-for-profit and began in 2013. It was established through a partnership between the V&A Waterfront and German businessman, Jachen Zeitz. Zeitz has had a passion for Africa since first visiting the continent in the late 80’s and has donated the world renowned Zeitz Collection to the Museum to be its founding collection.
When completed, the Zeitz MoCAA will be home to multiple exhibitions on its nine floors, including a Centre for Photography and a Centre for Art Education.
The opening is growing to be one of the most anticipated cultural events on the continent. The Grand Public Opening will be held during South Africa’s Heritage Week from 22- 25 September with a Preview for professionals and patrons the weekend before.
Photos courtesy of The Royal Portfolio