Mysinchew | Lawrence Bartlett
CAPE TOWN, July 14, 2014 (AFP) – On Cape Town’s waterfront at the southern tip of Africa, the world’s biggest museum of contemporary art from across the continent is being carved from a conglomeration of concrete tubes nine storeys high.
The $50 million (36.7 million euro) project to transform the grim functionality of 42 disused colonial grain silos into an ultramodern tribute to African creativity is driven by an international team of art experts and architects.
For Mark Coetzee, executive director and chief curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the project is the fulfilment of a pledge he made to himself a quarter of a century ago.
“It has been my life dream to build a contemporary art museum in Africa,” the South African-born former director of the Rubell Family Collection in Miami told AFP.
“When I left Cape Town 25 years ago I vowed to return only when I had the skills and the relationships to make this happen.”
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