Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a public, not-for-profit institution that exhibits, collects, preserves and researches contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora; conceives and hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational, discursive and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and strives for access for all.
The museum’s galleries feature rotating, temporary exhibitions with a dedicated space for the permanent collection. The institution also includes the Centre for Art Education, the Centre for the Moving Image, and a project space for emerging artists.
Koyo Kouoh: Executive Director and Chief Curator
Fawaz Mustapha: Chief Operations Officer
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa has been commended for multiple awards.
Category: Best Public-Use Project with Private Funding
Winners to be announced on 11 October 2018.
Civic Trust Awards
Winners to be announced on 17 December 2018.
Design Museum’s Beazley Designs of the Year
Winners of the final award will be announced in November 2018.
RIBA Awards 2018
Category: RIBA International Prize 2018
Jury appointed to select a winner.
ArchDaily 2018 Building of the Year Awards
Category: Cultural Architecture
Fulton Awards 2017
Category: Innovation in Concrete (Joint winner with Innovative Integral Van Zyl Spruit Bridge).
World Architecture Festival 2017
Category: Culture – Future Projects Highly Commended.
16th Annual CTBUH Awards Program
Category: 16th Annual CTBUH Awards Program.
Afristay Top V&A Waterfront Activities 2018
Category: Top Activity.
ArchDaily Refurbishment in Architecture Award 2018
Architects’ Journal 2018 AJ Retrofit Award
Category: International Project of the Year
Architizer A+Awards 2018
Category: Cultural Museum (Jury winner).
Blueprint Award 2018
Category: Best Public-Use Project with Private Funding.
Design Museum’s Beazley Designs of the Year 2018
Detail Prize 2018
Category: Prize Winner.
Fast Company Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Travel 2018 Frame Awards
Category: Innovation Award (Jury Prize).
IDEAT Future Award 2018
Category: Best Architecture – Public Building.
Leading Culture Destinations Awards 2018
Category: Leading Culture Destination of the Year.
TIME Magazine World’s Greatest Places 2018
Category: Places to visit.
Wallpaper* Magazine Design Awards 2018
Category: Best New Public Building (Joint winner with Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech).
World Architecture Festival 2018
Category: Completed Buildings – New and Old
Culture Trip Wishlist
5 Art and Design Destinations for 2019
Die Burger: Jou Keuse (Your Choice) supplement
Category: Art Gallery Category – Gold
Civic Trust Award
National Panel Special Award
British Guild of Travel Writers Awards
Category: Best Wider World Tourism Project
World Architecture News (WAN) Awards 2017
Category: Adaptive Reuse
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 a historic landmark and for years debated possible uses. An art museum was eventually decided upon but a collection was needed. The desire was to house something of public civic significance, and something open to the public.
It was through Ravi Naidoo that Thomas Heatherwick was introduced to the Grain Silo complex in 2006, and again in 2011. At the same time, Jochen Zeitz was working to build a world class collection of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora with the vision to create the first major museum dedicated to this on the Africa continent.
The meeting of these two visions resulted in the creation of the not-for-profit public institution since named Zeitz MOCAA.
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 reimagine the Grain Silo Complex at the V&A Waterfront with an architectural intervention inspired by its own historic character. The project called for a solution that would be unique to Africa and create the highest possible quality of exhibition space for the work displayed inside. The V&A Waterfront’s challenge to repurpose what was once the tallest building on the Cape Town skyline caught the imagination of internationally acclaimed designer Thomas Heatherwick and his innovative team of architects. 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.
Trustees and Board of Advisors
David Green, Trustee, Co-chair
Jochen Zeitz, Trustee, Co-chair
Jonathan Bloch, Trustee
Kate Garwood, Trustee
Isaac Julien, Artist Board Member
Wangechi Mutu, Artist Board Member
Roger Ross Williams
Standing Board Committees
Communications Advisory Committee
Curatorial Advisory Group
Education and Programmes Committee
Finance, Audit and Governance Committee
Multicultural Audience Development Committee
Zeitz MOCAA is a registered Public Benefit Organisation, PBO Number: 930050395.