Zeitz MOCAA Development Announced
The V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz recently announced that they are converting the historic Grain Silo into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.
The V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz recently announced that they are converting the historic Grain Silo into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), the largest art museum in Africa.
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Newly appointed chief curator and director of the museum, Mark Coetzee says, ‘Zeitz MOCAA will constitute a reimagining of a museum within an African context: celebrate Africa preserving its own cultural legacy, writing its own history and defining itself on its own terms. The vision of the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz will have major impact for the visual art world and for Cape Town.’
The museum’s namesake, Jochen Zeitz’s own collection of contemporary African artworks will form the museum’s founding collection. Says Zeitz: ‘My collection has been strategically built over many years specifically with the goal to create an internationally relevant public contemporary art museum in Africa. After considering many cities across Africa, I am excited to partner with the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. It is an iconic location in an iconic city, and will be situated in a historic landmark building. This will make my collection accessible to a local, national, continental and international audience.’
In addition to donating the Zeitz Collection, Zeitz will also underwrite the running costs of the museum and provide a substantial acquisition budget to allow it to acquire new works and collections. The vast museum will span a total of 9, 500 square metres (9 floors) with 6, 000 square metres dedicated to exhibiting some of the best contemporary African art installations and works.
One of the nine floors will be dedicated entirely to education and they also plan on converting the rooftop into a sculpture garden.
The development of the Silo district will also include a residential, commercial and leisure area, as well as a hotel, with the transformed Grain Silo as the central focus of a public plaza.
The architect for the new museum will only be announced in February next year.
The renovations to the Grain Silo are estimated to be completed in 2016 and until such time, a small art collection will be housed in the Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion at the V&A Waterfront, located by the Bascule Bridge near the Cape Grace.
The inaugural exhibition opens at Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion on 23 November 2013 and will present the work of Swazi artist Nandipha Mntambo.
For more information, visit waterfront.co.za.