Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, designed by Heatherwick Studio, is the most significant museum of contemporary art in Africa, and the largest art museum built in Africa in more than 100 years. First announced in 2013, the ambitious project took four years to convert the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront into a cutting edge contemporary art museum.

The Museum, a partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz, is the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora, and also the first African institution to acknowledge new mediums through the establishment of different centres and institutes within the overall museum. On completion, Zeitz MOCAA houses Centres for Costume Institute, Photography, Curatorial Excellence, the Moving Image, Performative Practice, and Art Education. In addition to the different Centres, the museum features also a myriad of gallery spaces, a sculpture garden, bookshop, restaurant, technical training areas, research labs, reading rooms etc.

Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Museum, Mark Coetzee said: “This Museum is a symbol, an icon, of the confidence we feel about being African, the confidence that we feel about our place in the world. And that’s what makes this so extraordinary. We have been given an opportunity to create a museum for all, and we must guarantee Access for All. The right to cultural participation and access to the artefacts that represent our diverse cultures is deeply rooted in human rights. This is a principle that Zeitz MOCAA will uphold, defend and keep as a central mission of its reason for being.”

All images ©  Iwan Baan

Architect •• Heatherwick Studio

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