20 November 2013

South Africa's first museum of contemporary African art to open in Cape Town

The V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz, a German art collecter and entrepreneur, yesterday announced a unique partnership to create South Africa's first museum of contemporary African art at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The museum, which will be located in the historic Grain Silos at the waterfront, will be named the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) after the Zeitz Collection, which will form the museum's founding collection.
Zeitz MOCAA will comprise over 9,500m² and will be spread over nine floors. It will focus on collecting, preserving, researching and exhibiting cutting-edge contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Through an entire floor dedicated to education, the museum will develop a new art-loving, museum-going audience. The architect for the Zeitz MOCAA will be announced in February 2014, and it is expected to open its doors to visitors at the end of 2016. The inaugural exhibition, which opens at the Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion on 23 November 2013, will present the work of Swazi artist Nandipha Mntambo.

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