The recently launched Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is located in Cape Town and is Africa’s largest museum of modern art that aims to provide a platform for African artists to showcase their artworks.
The museum will display art strictly from the African continent and the diaspora. The building used to be a grain silo, which is a structure for storing bulk materials and was built in 1921 and redesigned by British architect Thomas Heatherwick who carved through the buildings concrete tubes to create over 100 galleries across nine floors.
The beautiful and elegant construction features a luxury hotel at the top and plays hosts to over a hundred galleries showcasing diverse African art, research centres as well as a rooftop garden. Although the museums mission is to champion the work of Africans, the permanent collection in the museum comes from the museum’s German patron Jochen Zeitz. After some controversy, he stated in an interview that it isn’t his museum, it’s a museum for Africa and that he wants African artists to feature their works.
Angolan photographer and photojournalist Edson Chagas, South African sculptor Nicholas Hlobo and Ghanaian Artist El Anatsui, famous for his large scale sculptures, also have works on display at the new museum.
Zeitz MOCAA was opened on 22nd September by South African activist Desmond Tutu. To see more, click here.