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The only museum of its kind on the continent and steadily becoming a cultural institution in the Mother City, Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) is worth a visit when in Cape Town. Situated in the tourist attraction V&A Waterfront, it houses the largest collection of contemporary African art in Africa exhibited across 6500 square metres of gallery space
Intricacy in design and architecture Photo credit: Rhino Africa
Once an old grain silo built in the 1920s, then the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa, the building has been ingeniously redesigned by renowned British architect Thomas Heatherwick to accommodate a plethora of artwork while keeping its structural integrity intact. He was tasked with designing a space from a building originally comprised of 56 storage silos and the result is a wonder. Carved out in the shape of an enlarged grain of corn, the museum is a series of curved concrete lines, with light pouring in through the cylindrical silo structures for visitors’ viewing pleasure. It’s easy to lose an entire day exploring and marveling at the museum simply as an architectural feat before you even discover the exhibited artists and works.
A towering celebration of art Photo credit: Rhino Africa
From South African photographer and artist Athi-Patra Ruga and his sweeping use of vivid colour, multiple referencing and alternate realities to the unconventional works of Kenyan sculptural artist Cyrus Kabiru and his Afrofuturist self-portraits, the diversity of views and perspectives on exhibit is amazing.
Cyrus Kabiru’s inventive self-portraits Photo credit: Zeitz MOCAA
Kudzanai Chiurai, a multi-disciplinary and highly evocative Zimbabwean artist is a favourite with his work that brazenly comments on politics, society, economics and power. Cape Town-based Ruby Swinney and her alternate-reality ‘oil on tracing paper’ paintings featuring strange and yet familiar places, moments and beings, invokes wonder and more immediate feelings.
Kudzanai Chiurai’s evocative photographs Photo credit: Zeitz MOCAA
Rhino Africa’s Matthias appreciating Ruby Swinney’s work Photo credit: Rhino Africa
Then there is Zeitz MOCAA Food, which is situated on the 6th level of the building and has sweeping views of the city and harbour. But it’s certainly the food that’s a highlight. Paired with decadent local wines, the menu features re-imagined South African dishes, given surprising and interesting twists. A highlight during our last visit was the black gnocchi with charcoal sage butter and the Snoek samosas, a lovely take on the Cape staple.
FYY: to dine at Zeitz MOCAA Food all guests are required to pay the museum admission fee.
Lush interiors at Zeitz MOCAA Food Photo credit: Rhino Africa
The dark side of Gnocchi Photo credit: Rhino Africa
A selection of treats with a twist Photo credit: Rhino Africa
For more dining options in Cape Town, see our downloadable Cape Town restaurant guide or read our blog The Top 5 Museums on Cape Town Museum Mile for more of the Cape’s artistic offerings.
– The museum is open from Wednesday to Monday from 10am to 6pm, first Friday of the month from 10am to 9pm and is closed on Tuesdays.
– Daily admission is R180 per adult, annual membership is R250 or R165 for over 60’s.
– Under 18’s have free entry all year upon presentation of an ID.
– African citizens have free entry on Wednesdays from 10 am to 1pm upon presentation of an ID.
Contact: +27 (0)87 350 4777 / email@example.com
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An enthusiastic globe-trotter born in Mpumalanga, South Africa, Thanda is back in Cape Town after a year of amazing adventures abroad. When not scouring Soundcloud for her next music obsession, she’s plotting a weekend sho’t left or scrambling to keep track of friends who're scattered all over the world.
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