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From grain silo to spectacular R500m African art museum

Cape Town — After four years the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) has been completed at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. While the official public opening will be on 22 September, Fin24 was given a sneak preview of the gallery on Friday morning.

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The R500m project involved the redevelopment of an almost 100-year-old historic grain silo, which was originally part of an industrial shipping facility in the Cape Town harbour. It later became a disused industrial building.

Now it will house the world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. The museum will collect, preserve, research and exhibit cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Zeitz MOCAA has sought to create a contemporary art museum that is easily accessible to South Africans and continental visitors.

The project was conceptualised by the V&A Waterfront, in consultation with London-based Heatherwick Studio and in conjunction with local South African architects. It is a joint not-for-profit partnership between the V&A Waterfront and German business entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz.

Zeitz MOCAA is intended to be an important cultural landmark that contributes to a stronger, wider appreciation of Africa’s cultural heritage. Read more

2018-10-29T11:04:24+00:00