Probably the biggest thing that will happen in Cape Town in 2017 will be the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) at the V & A Waterfront, which will open to the world on 23 September 2017.
Designed by Thomas Heatherwick it is set to be crowned as the continent’s premier art museum.
Zeitz MOCAA 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.
Considered by many to be the leading collection of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora, Jochen Zeitz will commit his collection as the founding collection, underwrite the running costs of the Museum and provide a substantial acquisition budget to allow the Museum to acquire new important artworks over time to remain on the edge of contemporary cultural production. More.
Up until now, a lot of Africa’s best art has been hidden away in private corporate collection that are just there for companies to list on their balance sheets and executive to ignore. The Zeitz MOCAA is set to change that – and say to the world that African creativity belongs in an amazing new building that’s open for everyone to enjoy.