The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is the new, groundbreaking museum in Cape Town, South Africa. And first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora.
Originally constructed in 1920, this historic landmark has its home in the Grain Silo complex at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
The architect Thomas Heatherwick transformed the silo into a museum with over hundred galleries and 6000 square meters exhibition space.
Two of the architectural highlights of building are the cathedral-like central atrium that was carved from the cellular concrete structure of the silo, and the pillowed glazing panels that bulge outward as if gently inflated.
David Green, the Chief Executive Officer at V&A Waterfront and co-chair of the board of trustees of the MOCAA Foundation (together with Jochen Zeitz), talks about how the museum came about, the institutions and people involved, V&A Waterfront and the history of the Grain Silo complex, as well as the architectural highlights and challenges you may not be aware of when you visit.
And visit you MUST!
Video courtesy vernissage.tv & interior image courtesy Iwan Baan