The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) was unveiled in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, ahead of its public opening on September 22, 2017. It will be the world’s largest museum dedicated to modern art from Africa and its diaspora, and it will be built by Heatherwick Studio, a London-based international design firm.
Monumental Structure Of The Zeitz Museum
The museum is housed in a 9,500 sq m custom-designed space that spans nine storeys and is carved out of the old Grain Silo Complex’s massive structure. The decommissioned silo, which stood as a testament to Cape Town’s industrial past and was once the tallest building in South Africa, has been given new life thanks to Heatherwick Studio’s makeover.
The museum’s galleries and atrium space have been fashioned out of the silos’ dense cellular structure of forty-two tubes that cram the structure. The project contains 6,000 square metres of exhibition space in 80 gallery spaces, a rooftop sculpture garden, cutting-edge storage and conservation sections, a bookshop, restaurant, bar, and reading rooms, as well as a bookshop, restaurant, bar, and reading rooms. A Costume Institute, Photography, Curatorial Excellence, the Moving Image, Performative Practice, and Art Education will all be housed at the museum.
Development Of Zeitz MOCAA
Zeitz MOCAA, a not-for-profit public cultural institution in the midst of one of Africa’s most visited cultural and historical centres, was announced in November 2013 as an R500 million (£30 million) initiative in a partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz. V&A Waterfront attracts up to 100,000 visitors every day and is situated on the edge of a natural, historic functioning harbour with the famed Table Mountain as a background with sweeping views of the ocean, city bowl, and mountain peaks.
In Cape Town, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is the continent’s first major museum dedicated solely to contemporary art. The 100,000-square-foot museum, which is housed within the historic Grain Silo Complex and was built by world-renowned architect Thomas Heatherwick, is also the continent’s largest in over a century.
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