At Zeitz, African contemporary art is given pride of place

At Zeitz, African contemporary art is given pride of place

Opened in Cape Town in 2017, this museum devoted to African contemporary art enjoys special architecture and is the first of its kind on the continent.

The building stands out amid the Victoria & Waterfront urban landscape, in the heart of Cape Town's historical centre, which is actually the most visited site in South Africa. The Zeitz, Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, took up residence in a decommissioned grain silo built in the 1920s. The redevelopment was conceived by renowned architect Thomas Heatherwick to emulate London's Tate Modern, established in a former power plant. A luminous atrium has been sculpted out of the silo's cylinders to welcome visitors. About a hundred art galleries spread over nine floors include for most part philanthropist Jochen Zeitz's collection, after who the museum was named. However, the masterpiece seems to be the building itself, with its neo-industrial look and kaleidoscopic picture windows, similar to the shape of a jewel. A guided tour is even devoted to discovering its architecture, to better understand the value of this already historical monument.

Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa)
V&A Waterfront
Silo District
South Arm Road
8001 Cape Town

+27 (0)87 350 4777