The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a new museum in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora. The Zeitz MOCAA has its home in the Grain Silo complex at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The historic landmark was originally constructed in 1921. The architect Thomas Heatherwick transformed the silo into a museum with over hundred galleries and 6000 square meters exhibition space. Two of the architectural highlights of building are the cathedral-like central atrium that was carved from the cellular concrete structure of the silo, and the pillowed glazing panels that bulge outward as if gently inflated.
On the occasion of a media preview in July, we had the chance to speak with David Green, the Chief Executive Officer at V&A Waterfront and Co-chair of the Board of Trustees of the MOCAA Foundation (together with Jochen Zeitz). In this video, David Green talks about how the museum came about, the institutions and people involved, V&A Waterfront and the history of the Grain Silo complex, and the architectural highlights and challenges.
Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town / Interview with David Green. Cape Town, South Africa, July 5, 2017.
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