Fate of V&A Waterfront's grain silo decided

2013-11-19 19:10
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 An artist's impression of what the silo will look like. (Supplied)
Cape Town - The V&A Waterfront's historic grain silo will be turned into a 9 storey museum of modern African art.

This was announced on Tuesday and the expected opening date is by the end of 2016.

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz Mocaa) is the result of a partnership with the V&A and Jochen Zeitz, former CEO of Puma.

Zeitz (pictured below on the left along with the V&A's CEO David Green) is providing the first art collection to be housed at the museum.

He said at the launch that he wanted to create a legacy of an international standard.

The museum will focus on collecting, preserving, researching and exhibiting cutting-edge contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, said Zeitz.

The V&A, which attracts more than 24 million visitors annually, has committed over R500m to the development.

The silo was built in 1921 and is 57m tall.

An entire floor will be dedicated to education and the development of an art lovers.

The executive director and chief curator of Zeitz Mocaa is Mark Coetzee.

(Pic: Andrew Brown)

- Fin24

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