A major new cultural institution is being created in the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. It is called Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in honour of the renowned Zeitz Collection, that will form the museum’s founding collection, and the support of Jochen Zeitz of the programming and acquisition funds. Zeitz MOCAA will focus on collecting, preserving, researching and exhibiting cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora. Zeitz MOCAA will comprise over 9,500 square meters (102,000 square feet) placing it among leading contemporary art museums worldwide. It will be spread over nine floors, of which 6,000 square meters (65,000 square feet) will be dedicated to exhibition space.
The new Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA will be Mark Coetzee, who for many years has been the Cultural Specialist of the Zeitz Foundation and the Curator for the Zeitz Collection. Coetzee has relocated to South Africa after a 25 year international career. Coetzee explains: “Zeitz MOCAA will constitute a re-imagining of a museum within an African context: celebrate Africa preserving its own cultural legacy, writing its own history and defining itself on its own terms. The vision of the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz will have major impact for the visual art world and for Cape Town.”
Currently the Zeitz Collection is on display at Segera Retreat and at Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.