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The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a contemporary art museum which collects and exhibits twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora.
This gallery is unique in that it inside a grain silo! The structure itself is a piece of art.
The MOCAA is located in the Silo district at the Waterfront in Cape Town. The Grain Silo complex is an historic landmark and has been unused for many year until the recent renovation to house the MOCAA and the adjacent luxury SILO hotel as well as bars and restaurants.
South Africa’s biggest art museum was created by hollowing out the inside of the unused grain silo. The structure has for years been the tallest against the Cape Town skyline. The silo has been on this site since 1920’s. The gallery is created by carving huge sections out of the building’s tubular interior to create a complex network of 80 gallery spaces. The museum shape is based on the shape of a single grain that was scaled up to span the full height of the 27-metre-high structure. Thomas Heatherwick is the architect behind this intriguing creation.
The MOCAA collects, preserves and exhibits art from Africa and African artists in the diaspora.
I would recommend that a visit includes joining a free guided tour lead by one of the museum assistant curators whose knowledge and insight give the museum a fantastic meaning. This tour highlights exhibits from the museum’s 12 opening exhibitions and its 6 centres, as well as give an overview of the building and architecture. Lasting a full hour, it will encompass most floors of the museum. I would say that without the guided tour, I would have struggled to make sense of the exhibits and building and come away feeling confused . But instead, I highly recommend a visit to the gallery as this is an experience not to missed on a visit to Cape Town.
To see their current and upcoming exhibitions, you can find more on their website.