Last weekend saw the grand opening of Zeitz MOCAA, the first major contemporary museum of its kind on the African continent. The opening was free to the public and, having already secured our tickets prior, we decided to spend our Heritage Day exploring this exciting new space in the Silo district at the V&A Waterfront. Navigating our way past the long queue of people hoping to make it inside soon, we arrived at the front of the museum, and entered.
Zeitz MOCAA was established through a partnership between the V&A Waterfront and former Puma CEO Jochen Zeitz, and showcases diverse modern art from throughout Africa. It’s a wonder to behold – as you enter you’re greeted by Nicholas Hlobo’s piece called Iimpundulu zonke ziyandilenda – a dragon like figure that looms over you as it hangs in the atrium. As you walk through, it’s hard not to admire the architecture of the museum, the grain silo having been cleverly re-done for its new purpose.
There is so much to take in that it would be impossible to try and describe it all in a single blog post – instead, below are just a few photos of some of my highlights of visit (similar photos probably flooded your Instagram timeline) – I’d implore you to walk around and see everything yourself. In fact, while we spent quite a bit of time there on Sunday, I’ll return, if only to see Isaac Julien’s nine-screen projection, Ten Thousand Waves, again. When I first stumbled upon it, I was rooted to the spot, unable to stop watching, until I realized that I had lost half of the party I arrived with, and eventually pulled myself away. Another highlight of mine was William Kentridge’s panaoramic installment, More Sweetly Play the Dance, but with 7 floors filled with art, there’s something that will appeal to everyone.
So, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, I’d highly recommend checking Zeitz MOCAA out. Tickets cost R180 per adult for a day admission (children under 18 can enter for free), while an annual membership is R250 (I’m no financial expert but that seems like an excellent deal). Additionally, there is free entry to the museum between 10 am – 1 pm every Wednesday if you show a valid African passport.
Once you’re tired from walking through the many levels and through the many exhibitions, I’d also recommend paying a visit The Willaston Bar at The Silo Hotel (which occupies the levels above the museum) for a drink, which provides the perfect platform to enjoy the sunset. I’ll definitely be back.