A South African Showcase for Cutting-Edge Art

Sep 24, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Africa’s first major museum dedicated to contemporary art opened September 23 in Cape Town, South Africa. Called the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, it occupies an historic grain-silo complex at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, which attracts more than 20 million visitors annually. The complex has been ambitiously reimagined by designer Thomas Heatherwick to include 80 galleries and a cathedral-like, glass-roofed central atrium.

In 2013, the V&A Waterfront partnered with German businessman and art collector Jochen Zeitz to create the nine-story museum, which includes 65,000 square feet of exhibition space plus a sculpture garden, bookshop, restaurant, research labs, reading rooms, a Costume Institute, and centers for photography, film, and art education.