Officially opened this year, the Zeitz MOCAA is an impressive space housing contemporary African art and art from the diaspora. It’s in the silo district of the V&A Waterfront – a space that did not have nearly as much to offer some years ago. Now art galleries, restaurants and direct access to the V&A Waterfront, have made this museum one of the places to visit when in Cape Town.
We went during the week and found it surprisingly quiet given that the December holiday season had already started. Showcasing work by artists from the African continent and beyond, the visit kept us busy for a good two hours. It is after all five floors of art, and given that we had the time and the luxury of a quiet morning, we took our time. A quick read about the Zeitz MOCAA revealed that it was designed by architect Thomas Heatherwick, and constructed our of enormous concrete silos — its structure is meant to mimic a corn kernel, as corn was one of the grains that used to be stored in the silos. Wide spaces showcasing installations, photography and art project spaces that will be used for art workshops all make this museum a worthwhile visit.
Zeitz MOCAA, V&A Waterfront, Silo District, Cape Town.