All eyes are on Cape Town as the public prepares to get a glimpse of the long-awaited Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA). The spectacular Thomas Heatherwick-designed institution has been trumpeted as Africa’s largest museum. The opening festivities, scheduled for September 22 through 25, will bring thousands of international art-world visitors to the city’s V&A Waterfront district.
The massive former grain silo structure is an architectural feat. Heatherwick assembled the building’s more than 80 exhibition spaces around a towering atrium carved in the shape of a single grain, a nod to the structure’s former life. The lion’s share of the museum’s collection is on long-term loan from Jochen Zeitz, the former CEO of Puma.
For the museum’s inauguration, MOCAA’s executive director and chief curator Mark Coetzee has put together a combination of solo exhibitions by African artists—including Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai, Angolan photographer Edson Chagas, and South African sculptor Nandipha Mntambo—as well as “All Things Being Equal,” a sprawling survey of contemporary artists working on the continent. Read more