Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town

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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a public non-profit museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Zeitz MOCAA opened on September 22, 2017 as the largest museum of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. The museum is located in the Silo District at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. A retail and hospitality property, the Waterfront receives around 24 million local and international visitors per year.

The museum’s galleries feature temporary exhibitions and a permanent collection. The institution also includes the Centre for Art Education, a Fellowship program, Atelier artist residency, a retail shop, rooftop restaurant and a coffee shop.

Zeitz MOCAA founders are Jochen Zeitz and the V&A Waterfront led by David Green, current Zeitz MOCAA co-chairs. As of 2021, the Board of Trustees includes Jochen Zeitz, David Green, Kate Garwood-Zeitz, Jonathan Bloch, Jody Allen, Atose Aguele, Hasnaine Yavarhoussen, Gasant Orrie as Legal Advisor, Gavin Jantjes as Honorary Trustee, with advisory council Albie Sachs, Isaac Julien, Wangechi Mutu. As of 6 May, 2019, Koyo Kouoh is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA. Storm Janse van Rensburg joined the museum on 2 September 2019 as Senior Curator and works alongside Assistant Curators Tandazani Dhlakama and Thato Mogotsi. Fawaz Mustapha functions as Chief Operating Officer. As of 2022, the Zeitz MOCAA Global Council includes Acha Leke, Bame Pule, Julie Mehretu, Michèle Sandoz, and Wangechi Mutu.

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V&A Waterfront, Zeitz MOCCA, with Devil's Peak and Table Mountain in the background © Andreas Tusche/cc-by-sa-3.0
The public not-for-profit museum was commissioned through a partnership between the V&A Waterfront and German businessman Jochen Zeitz. The Waterfront invested more than R500 million towards its construction and infrastructure development, and Zeitz has loaned his art collection for his lifetime. According to CEO David Green, the decision to transform and renovate the building for the new museum would “breathe life into the Silo district and act as a draw card to a venture that is non-commercial in nature … specifically for the enjoyment of all the continent’s citizens”. While others have noted that the strategic partnership with Zeitz also serves to connect the existing properties of the Waterfronts’s owners (Growthpoint Properties and the Government Employees Pension Fund) with the developing financial district in Cape Town’s lower CBD. The conversion of the Silo building began in 2014 under the direction of London-based designer, Thomas Heatherwick.

The museum building was constructed from the conversion of the 57 m tall historic Grain Silo, originally built between 1921 – 1924 by indentured laborers. The architects, Heatherwick Studio, aimed to conserve and celebrate the original structure’s industrial heritage, while simultaneously excavating large open spaces from the 42 densely-packed concrete cylinders from which it was comprised. Using a variety of concrete-cutting techniques, the interior of the building was carved out to create a number of galleries and a large central atrium.The remaining concrete shafts were capped with strengthened glass in order to allow natural light to enter and create a “cathedral-like” interior. From the exterior, the most noticeable change to the original structure was the addition of pillowed glass panels in the building’s upper floors. Overall the 9,500 m² museum consists of nine floors with 6,000 m² of dedicated exhibition space. as well as a sculpture garden on the lower roof, restaurant, retail shop and coffee shop. The higher part of the building operates as The Silo Hotel, which opened its doors in March 2017. The building made it onto the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) International List 2018.

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