V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz recently announced a unique partnership to create a major new cultural institution of cutting edge contemporary art from Africa. The museum will be named Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in honour of the renowned Zeitz Collection, which will form the museum’s founding collection.
Zeitz MOCAA will be housed in the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront, with the V&
A committing over R500-million to the development. Built in 1921, and at 57m tall, the Grain Silo remains an icon of the Cape Town skyline. This investment will further the development of art in Africa and acknowledges the important cultural and financial contribution the visual arts sector makes.
As the most visited site in Africa, with over 24 million visitors annually, the V&A Waterfront is the perfect venue to share the cultural artifacts and ideas of Africa with the world. Zeitz MOCAA is set to welcome its first visitors at the end of 2016. Until the extensive renovations are complete, selections from the Zeitz Collection will be presented at Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion, a museum-quality temporary exhibition space also at the V&A Waterfront.
Do you know:
- The No 1 Silo Building is the third largest project currently under construction in the Southern Hemisphere
- The No 1 Silo Building forms part of a R 1-billion development plan that will see the extensive refurbishment of the entire Clock Tower Precinct over the next 4-5 years
- The No. 1 Silo Project may be one of the most challenging ground excavations since the construction of the Sydney Opera House
- The No 1 Silo Project has been awarded the African Property Award for 2013
- The cooling for the underfloor displacement ventilation will be sourced from a sea water cooling plant which will harness the available cooling from the adjacent harbour.