World’s Largest African Contemporary Art Museum Opens in Cape Town

What’s old is new again in Cape Town, thanks to the transformation of a monumental 1920s grain silo on the V&A Waterfront into a hip hotel and the much-awaited Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). From a dense, honeycomb-like structure of 42 concrete tubes and an elevator tower, Heatherwick Studio has hollowed out 9,500 square meters of gallery space, creating the largest museum dedicated to African contemporary art anywhere in the world. Must-sees in the permanent collectionwhich only displays pieces made since 2000include Isaac Julien’s nine-screen projection Ten Thousand Waves, while the late Togo-born artist El Loko has graced the rooftop sculpture garden with nine enormous etched glass discs that double as skylights for the soaring atrium.

Inside the corn kernel-inspired atrium at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo by Iwan Baan.

This article originally appeared in the October/November print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Against the Grain”).

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