The establishment of the museum came about through a confluence of factors. The V&A Waterfront recognised the significance of its Grain Silo complex as an historic landmark and for years debated possible uses.
Imagine forty-two 33-metre-high concrete tubes, each with a diameter of 5.5 metres, with no open space to experience the volume from within. Imagine redesigning this into a functional space that will not only pay tribute to its original industrial design and soul but will become a major, not-for-profit cultural institution housing the most significant collection of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora.
The brief given to Heatherwick Studio was to re imagine the Grain Silo Complex at the V&A Waterfront with an architectural intervention inspired by its own historic character. This was a chance to do more than just appropriate a former industrial building to display art, but to imagine a new kind of museum in an African context.
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a public not-for-profit contemporary art museum which collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora; hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and guarantees access for all.
It is truly a breath-taking venue which can accommodate up to 200 guests with a 270-degree view of Cape Town, and possibly the best view of Table Mountain in the city. The Zeitz MOCAA Food also looks out onto the museum’s wonderful rooftop sculpture garden. Inspired by local ingredients and truly South African flavours,
Focused on the creative power of flavour, we guarantee you’ll become addicted to the clever use of ingredients and the homey goodness poured into each dish.
I will recommend you visit this amazing Museum, or join us in taking you there.