ARTPIL Profiles of the Arts
Inauguration Zeitz MOCAA
Contemporary Art Museum opens in Cape Town

 

 

 

Photos Iwan Baan

First announced in 2013, the ambitious four-year project to convert the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront into a cutting edge contemporary art museum is officially completed.

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opened its doors to the public during Heritage Weekend, holding a four-day Grand Opening, September 22-25, 2017.

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.

The establishment of the museum came about through a confluence of factors. The V&A Waterfront recognized the significance of its Grain Silo complex as an historic landmark and for years debated possible uses. An art museum was eventually decided upon but a collection was needed. The desire was to house something of public civic significance, and something open to the public. It was through Ravi Naidoo that Thomas Heatherwick was introduced to the Grain Silo complex in 2006, and again in 2011. At the same time, Jochen Zeitz was working with curator Mark Coetzee to build a world class collection of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora with the vision to create the first major museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora on the Africa Continent. The meeting of these two visions resulted in the creation of the not-for-profit public institution since named Zeitz MOCAA.

A few of the inaugural and upcoming exhibitions and events include:

 

Kyle Morland

Now and Then: El Loko / Kyle Morland
Through August 27, 2018

 

Nicholas Hlobo

Nicholas Hlobo / “iimpundulu zonke ziyandilandela”
Through July 30, 2018

 

Edson Chagas

Edson Chagas / Luanda, Encyclopedic City
Through January 13, 2018

 

Kudzanai Chiurai

Kudzanai Chiurai / Regarding the Ease of Others
Through March 31, 2018

 

Nandipha Mntambo

Nandipha Mntambo
23 November 2013 – 16 February 2014

 

Liza Lou / Installation view

Lunchtime Tour: Liza Lou / The Waves
October 1, 2018, 1-1:15pm, led by Mark Coetzee

 

The ‘Access for All’ programme will see visitors under the age of 18 allowed free entrance to the museum all year round, free admission every Wednesday morning for all South Africans and other visitors from the African continent, and half price admission for all on ‘Late Night Fridays’. The Museum is removing financial barriers to entry for those who may not have the resources to visit otherwise.

Recent Articles
This Side of Paradise
Through Dec 15, 2018 / Huxley-Parlour
Through cinematic narratives, Hido presents a shadowy, empty exterior suburban world while…
Through cinematic narratives, Hido presents a shadowy, empty exterior suburban world while Aldridge presents the viewer with brightly…
Stanley Kubrick
Through Mar 31, 2019 / CCCB
This in-depth exploration of the complete works of Kubrick presents over 600…
This in-depth exploration of the complete works of Kubrick presents over 600 items, including moving images, objects and…
ARTPIL / Prescription .071
Inferno nel Paradiso
Fires in a town call Paradise in California take over 70 lives…
Fires in a town call Paradise in California take over 70 lives to date and counting, and still…
Koudelka: Invasion 1968
To Jan 6, 2018 / National Prague Gallery
On August 20, 1968, a Czech photographer took to the streets to…
On August 20, 1968, a Czech photographer took to the streets to document the chaos unfolding on his…
Freedom / The Art Of The Novembergruppe
Through March 11, 2019 / Berlinische Galerie
This first-ever retrospective of the art of the Novembergruppe at Berlinische Galerie…
This first-ever retrospective of the art of the Novembergruppe at Berlinische Galerie marks the centenary of the best-known…
Let Me Consider It from Here
Nov 17, 2018 – Jan 27, 2019 / The Ren
Across a range of media, the works open up spaces that oscillate…
Across a range of media, the works open up spaces that oscillate between strange and familiar, four artists…
Adrian Piper: Concepts & Intuitions
Through Jan 6, 2019 / Hammer
The most comprehensive West Coast exhibition to date of the work of…
The most comprehensive West Coast exhibition to date of the work of Adrian Piper, co-organized by MoMA featuring…
Affective Affinities / 33 Bienal Sao Paulo
Through Dec 9, 2018 / Ciccillo Matarazzo
Affective Affinities seeks to create an alternative model by favoring the artists’…
Affective Affinities seeks to create an alternative model by favoring the artists’ gaze upon their own creative contexts…
Inauguration Zeitz MOCAA
Contemporary Art Museum opens in Cape Town

 

 

 

Photos Iwan Baan

First announced in 2013, the ambitious four-year project to convert the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront into a cutting edge contemporary art museum is officially completed.

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opened its doors to the public during Heritage Weekend, holding a four-day Grand Opening, September 22-25, 2017.

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.

The establishment of the museum came about through a confluence of factors. The V&A Waterfront recognized the significance of its Grain Silo complex as an historic landmark and for years debated possible uses. An art museum was eventually decided upon but a collection was needed. The desire was to house something of public civic significance, and something open to the public. It was through Ravi Naidoo that Thomas Heatherwick was introduced to the Grain Silo complex in 2006, and again in 2011. At the same time, Jochen Zeitz was working with curator Mark Coetzee to build a world class collection of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora with the vision to create the first major museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora on the Africa Continent. The meeting of these two visions resulted in the creation of the not-for-profit public institution since named Zeitz MOCAA.

A few of the inaugural and upcoming exhibitions and events include:

 

Kyle Morland

Now and Then: El Loko / Kyle Morland
Through August 27, 2018

 

Nicholas Hlobo

Nicholas Hlobo / “iimpundulu zonke ziyandilandela”
Through July 30, 2018

 

Edson Chagas

Edson Chagas / Luanda, Encyclopedic City
Through January 13, 2018

 

Kudzanai Chiurai

Kudzanai Chiurai / Regarding the Ease of Others
Through March 31, 2018

 

Nandipha Mntambo

Nandipha Mntambo
23 November 2013 – 16 February 2014

 

Liza Lou / Installation view

Lunchtime Tour: Liza Lou / The Waves
October 1, 2018, 1-1:15pm, led by Mark Coetzee

 

The ‘Access for All’ programme will see visitors under the age of 18 allowed free entrance to the museum all year round, free admission every Wednesday morning for all South Africans and other visitors from the African continent, and half price admission for all on ‘Late Night Fridays’. The Museum is removing financial barriers to entry for those who may not have the resources to visit otherwise.