Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa to open in 2017

By: Leon Jamarie
Sep 28, 2016

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) will be the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and it's Diaspora. The project is well under way and recently hosted an event to signal the announcement of the opening dates and what to expect.

The museum forms part of a partnership between the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and Jochen Zeitz to create a major new cultural institution that will focus on collecting, preserving, researching, and exhibiting cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora. The museum is named in honour of the renowned Zeitz Collection, which will form the museum’s founding collection. "“Over the last two decades, Africa has played an important role in both my professional and private life”, says Zeitz. “My collection has been strategically built over many years specifically with the goal to create an internationally relevant public contemporary art museum in Africa. After considering many cities across Africa, I am excited to partner with the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. It is an iconic location in an iconic city, and will be situated in a historic landmark building. This will make my collection accessible to a local, national, continental and international audience,” says Zeitz.

The Zietz MOCCA will be housed in the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront, with the V&A committing over R500-million to the development required for the establishment of the Museum. Built in 1921, and at 57m tall, the Grain Silo remains an icon of the Cape Town skyline. This investment will further the development of art in Africa and acknowledges the important cultural and financial contribution the visual arts sector makes.

V&A partnered with renowned British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s team for this R500 million transformation. The silo’s impressive height and stature will soon become a landmark of Cape Town. Salvaging the silo structure to house Zeitz MOCAA combines ingenuity, resourcefulness and beauty in a way that will be exclusive to Africa and lend respect to the work on display.

The Costume Institute at Zeitz MOCAA have also announced an award to support a Curatorial Assistant in the Curatorial Training Programme focusing on costume. Applications close on 30 September, 2016.

Zeitz MOCAA forms part of a master plan for the Silo district that includes mixed-use developments of residential, commercial, leisure and hotel property with the transformed Grain Silo as the central focus of a public plaza.

Zeitz MOCAA will off free admission all year for under 18’s as well free Wed mornings for all locals and visitors from the African continent. The Zeitz MOCAA will launch over Heritage day weekend 22-25 September 2017 with free entry for all to enter the museum.