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17. January 2016

German manager Jochen Zeitz plans large contemporary art museum for South Africa

German manager Jochen Zeitz is planning one of the largest museums of contemporary art on the African continent, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). A former grain silo on the waterfront in Cape Town will be transformed into a museum of contemporary art comprising of 6,000 square metres of exhibition space, 80 galleries, reading areas and seminar rooms, a bookstore, restaurant and coffee shop. British architect, Thomas Heatherwick was commissioned to design the futuristic building.

Zeitz and  South-African curator Mark Coetzee have been collecting artworks for the MOCAA since the turn of the millennium. Their aim is to select   a number of African artists who represent a region, an idea or a theme.

The museum is scheduled to open in late 2016.

Source: German Information Centre Africa GICA


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