The Zeitz MOCAA (‘Zights Mocka’) or the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art is an impressive refurbishment of a 1920s grain silo now transformed into a gallery filled with African art by British architect Thomas Heatherwick. Towering over the V&A Waterfront, most pieces form part of Puma’s former CEO Jochen Zeitz’s personal collection, and the museum’s namesake.
Since it’s grand opening at the end of September 2017, thousands have flocked to the impressive building. The interior of the building proves as spectacular as its exterior, with clear evidence of the inside of the grain silos still visible – reminiscent of fly like eyes which in fact form part of the luxury hotel on top of the museum.
There have been mixed reviews about the commercial and cultural juxtaposition of the project with some criticising the accessibility for local visitors and artists alike. However, visit the museum on a Wednesday and African passport holders receive free entry. The project is without a doubt a marvel to behold and will surely attract both South African and foreign visitors as Cape Town braces for the influx of tourist season.
Feature image courtesy zeitzmocaa.museum