Inauguration Zeitz MOCAA
Contemporary Art Museum

 

 

 

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 program 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.

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30 Under 30 Women Photographers / Open Call
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The Corner of the Table / Alex Hubbard
Nov 16 – Dec 21, 2019
Regen Projects presents Alex Hubbard's paintings which combine the language of abstraction with nontraditional, industrial materials, along with installations...
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Let Us Now Give Thanks
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Elimination of Violence
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Masters of Photography 2019
Nov 20 – Dec 20, 2019
The 4th edition of Huxley-Parlour Gallery’s annual exhibition Masters of Photography will include over 30 masterworks by leading international...
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Art, Language, & Power
Oct 26, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020
Proceeding from a belief in the power of language as the basis for our outlook and actions, the exhibition...
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Civilization: The Way We Live Now
Sep 13, 2019 – Feb 2, 2020
An international photography exhibition of monumental scale, featuring over 200 original photographs by over 100 contemporary photographers from Africa,...
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ARTPIL / Prescription .105
Destiny Manifest
The building of cathedrals, the crowning of emperors, the expansion of countries, the exploiting of agencies, and the so-called...
+
30 Under 30 Women Photographers / Open Call
Open Call for Submissions
Announcing the call for entries for the 11th annual 30 Under 30 Women Photographers. The 2020 group will round...
+
The Corner of the Table / Alex Hubbard
Nov 16 – Dec 21, 2019
Regen Projects presents Alex Hubbard's paintings which combine the language of abstraction with nontraditional, industrial materials, along with installations...
+
Let Us Now Give Thanks
Native American Art
It's Thanksgiving. A nation’s founding conditioned on colonialism, proclamation premised on the blood of the natives and sustained with...
+
Elimination of Violence
Art, Women & Awareness
In many societies femicide is still classified as honorable, sex-trafficking is often protected under the guise of marriage, and...
+
Masters of Photography 2019
Nov 20 – Dec 20, 2019
The 4th edition of Huxley-Parlour Gallery’s annual exhibition Masters of Photography will include over 30 masterworks by leading international...
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