LARGEST MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN AFRICA IS OPENING IN CAPE TOWN – ZEITZ

These are news worth sharing! If you are in Cape Town at the moment you might have seen a large construction site of something grandiose being built. That would be the Silo Hotel and the Zeitz Museum under construction! The Zeitz Museum will be the largest museum of contemporary art built in Africa in over a century. Can we just take a minute and register this information? In a time where Cape Town is focusing more and more on art and culture and attracting more and more tourist, this amazing initiative comes at the perfect time.

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The 7 room categories are based on the room size and the views. The rooms are more spacious vertically than horizontally due to the unique architecture of The Silo and in particular the ingenious design of the pillowed window bays, which are one of the key architectural features.

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THE ZEITZ MUSEUM – A CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN ART

The entire experience at The Silo will be focused on the art and culture of Cape Town while celebrating the exquisite natural beauty of South Africa’s Mother City. The Silo complex will be considered an institution for African Art available for Africa but also for the rest of the world. Zeitz will exhibit art from Africa and its diaspora mainly and we just love it. It is time for Africa to shine. Make a space in your diary as the grand opening is planned for the 23rd of September 2017! We are all counting the days and cannot wait any longer.

 

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Obviously, the great construction comes at the astonishing price of 500 million rand but designing a cutting-edge cultural institution that’s in the same league as world-famous art galleries like the Louvre in Paris or the Metropolitan in New York is no ordinary feat. Which is precisely why Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and German-born businessman Jochen Zeitz, who have partnered to create the future Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), have chosen a man known as the ‘ideas engine’ to tackle the challenge.

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Thomas Heatherwick, founder of leading UK-based venture Heatherwick Studio has been leading the architectural project. The exhibition space will be span over 9,500sq m across nine floors, with 6, 000sq m dedicated to exhibiting top installations and works by leading artists like Marlene Dumas, Nandipha Mntambo, Kudzanai Chiurai and Nicholas Hlobo.

In addition to around 80 separate gallery spaces displaying both the continent’s finest and travelling international exhibitions, there is also expected to be an entire floor (18 areas in total) dedicated to art education, a fancy rooftop sculpture garden, a storage and conservation vault, a number of reading rooms, a bookshop, a café and a restaurant and bar. Future visitors can expect a state-of-the-art structure that combines concrete and industrial elements with pristine white cubes and cascading light to beautifully display the artworks, most of which form part of Jochen Zeitz’s own diverse private collection.

The best part? The museum will be placed near the famous Victoria& Alfred Waterfront shopping mall; in other words Cape Town’s most visited tourist hotspot and playground which will allow for easy access for local and tourists.

It’s good to know that in the not-too-far-off future, arts and crafts enthusiasts will be able to encounter far more than just over-priced African curios at the V&A Waterfront. And it’s even better to know that this large-scale game-changing project is in such gifted hands!

 

by Laura de Siebenthal