The result of a R500 million redevelopment project in partnership with German entrepreneur and philanthropist Jochen Zeitz and a stunning overhaul by British industrial designer Thomas Heatherwick, the doors of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) will be opening to the public this Heritage Day weekend. Comprising nine floors of the historic grain silo at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, the not-for-profit institution will collect, preserve, research, and exhibit twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora; host international exhibitions; develop supporting educational and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and guarantees access for all.
With a founding collection on long-term loan from the Zeitz Foundation and a substantial acquisition budget to allow the Museum to acquire new important artworks over time, it is set to become not only an iconic architectural landmark but a building of huge cultural significance for Africa and the world. Executive Director and Chief Curator, Mark Coetzee, says: “Zeitz MOCAA will constitute a re-imagining 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.”
Timeless Africa Art Experiences is proud to have been selected as one of the official travel partners for the opening of the museum. As the leading local specialists in bespoke art programs in South Africa, TAAE offers exclusive access to Zeitz MOCAA as well as private, curator-led visits to well-known South African galleries, studio visits with both emerging and better known local artists and exclusive events in the residences of private collectors. Every art itinerary we create is customised to the individual or group’s needs and interests.