A museum walk at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa known as Zeitz MOCAA is a contemporary art museum located at the V&A Waterfront, Silo District in Cape Town, South Africa. Zeitz MOCAA collects, preserves, and exhibits 21st-century art from all over Africa. The museum hosts international exhibitions supports educational and enrichment programmes and encourages intercultural understanding. It is a great museum to visit if you like modern contemporary art.

Virtual museum walk at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa

Grain Silo to Museum

Thomas Heatherwick and his team of architects at the Heatherwick Studio were asked to redesign and reimage a Grain Silo Complex at the V&A Waterfront to house the Zeitz MOCAA museum. They have done an outstanding job. The forty-two 33 metre high concrete tubes, each with a diameter of 5.5 metres resembles a alien ship than a grain shaft. The space had is so open and functional and pays tribute to its original industrial design. The soul of the building shines just as much as the art it houses.

Silo Building - Virtual museum walk at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa
The Silo Building that house the museum and the five star hotel

The Grain Silo that once stood as the tallest building in Cape Town skyline now stands prouder housing the largest collection of Contemporary Art in Africa. The top floors house The Silo Hotel (with the bubble windows). The Silo Hotel was built in the grain elevator portion of the grain silo complex occupies six floors above Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). The exterior of the building was designed by Heatherwick Studio as well. The glass windows inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors are an ingenious idea and makes for some amazing views. Even if can’t manage a stay in one their 26 rooms, you can visit for The Granary cafe for dinner or drinks and enjoy the unique perspective and view of the waterfront.

Dinner with a view at The Granary cafe, Silo Hotel, Cape Town
Dinner with a view at The Granary cafe, Silo Hotel, Cape Town

Don’t miss a visit to the museum or stop for a drink at the Silo Rooftop when you are visiting the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. Visting and photographing the museum building is a design lovers dream.

Silo Building - Virtual museum walk at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa
An alien sculpture? or was that a dinosor
Virtual museum walk at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa
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Virtual museum walk at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa
Virtual museum walk at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa
Virtual museum walk at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa
Virtual museum walk at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa
Virtual museum walk at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa

Artworks in Zeitz MOCAA

A virtual museum walk at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Like all modern art I leave these to your own interpretation.

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   that is made of artificial flowers and jewels
Art work by Athi-Patra Ruga that is made of artificial flowers and jewels

Art work by Athi-Patra Ruga
Art work by Athi-Patra Ruga
El Anatsui’s sculptural wall hanging - Virtual museum walk at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa - OutsideSuburbia.com
El Anatsui’s sculptural wall hanging

El Anatsui’s wall hanging work breaks away from the traditional cast of sculptural practice to invoke a multi-layered, sensory re-imagining of our material world. Reviewing the first major retrospective of his work, El Anatsui, art historian Terry Smith marvelled, “In his wall hangings … El Anatsui has accomplished one of the very few genuine breakthroughs in contemporary art anywhere in the world today.”

Anatsui’s art weaves together the discarded materials of production, trade, and consumption made prevalent in Africa during the colonial expansion of Europe and the Americas. He was best known for his repurposing of alcohol bottle caps into large-scale hanging installations, Anatsui’s art weaves together the discarded materials of production, trade, and consumption made prevalent in Africa during the colonial expansion of Europe and the Americas.

El Anatsui’s sculptures have been collected by major international museums. This includes the British Museum (London), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the de Young Museum (San Francisco), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Guggenheim (Abu Dhabi), Osaka Foundation of Culture (Osaka), the Tate Modern (London), and the Museum of Modern Art (New York).

Close up of El Anatsui’s artwork - Virtual museum walk at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa - OutsideSuburbia.com
A Closer look
Cyrus Kabiru was born in Nairobi, Kenya, where he currently lives and works.

His intricate sculptural works push the boundaries of conventional craftsmanship, sculpture, photography, design and fashion.
A collection of sculptural works that push boundaries of conventional craftsmanship, sculpture, photography, design and fashion by Cyrus Kabiru from Nairobi, Kenya
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Even the bathrooms at Zeitz MOCAA were a work of art
Even the bathrooms at Zeitz MOCAA were a work of art

Additional information for visiting Zeitz MOCAA

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is located in Cape Town. See here for more information about their international exhibitions. Daily admission rates are R200 per adult. Annual Membership is R290.

Free entry for kids under 18 ( ID required ) Free for African citizens on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m with an ID.

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I hope you enjoyed this virtual walk in Zeitz MOCAA and visit the museum when you are in Cape Town, South Africa.

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