Zeitz MOCAA – Africa’s biggest contemporary art museum, now open!

by Karisa

This past weekend was the much-anticipated public opening of the brand spankin’ new Zeitz MOCAA (with the “MOCAA” part being an acronym for Museum of Contemporary Art Africa), and to celebrate this momentous occasion they decided to offer FREE entry for all from 22 – 25 Sep.  This was of course an offer too good to resist, so off I went…

At first the queue was a bit long, so I decided to do a little walkabout and come back.  By the time I got back, there was no queue but it was 45min before closing time, so I didn’t have time to check out each and every floor, but it was good enough to get my first look of this incredible building.  I mean, could you imagine someone coming to you with the task of transforming an old grain silo into an ultra modern, contemporary art museum??  Well they did it, and they did it incredibly well.

Here are some stats:  The silo consisted of forty-two 33 metre high concrete tubes, each with a diameter of 5.5 meters and with no open space to experience the structure from within.  Now over one hundred galleries are spread over nine floors.  It truly is amazing to see, even if you don’t fancy yourself a big art buff.

Let me show you what I mean…

Dragon by Nicholas Hlobo…

If you’re not absolutely dying to go… then you’re dead inside… 😉  But seriously, this really is a must see.

Zeitz MOCAA will be open Wednesdays to Mondays (closed on Tuesdays) from 10am to 6pm.  Adult tickets are R180 and can be purchased at the door or online via Webtickets.  BUT they also offer FREE access as follows:

  • Under 18:
    Free. To ensure access for all, children under the age of 18 years can visit the museum and enjoy cutting-edge art from Africa and the Diaspora free of charge.
  • Wednesdays:
    Free entry for South African and African citizens, between 10 am – 1 pm.

And half-price admission every first Friday of the month from 4pm to 9pm (last entry: 8:30pm).  Oh and if you are a big art lover & would like to make a Zeitz MOCAA visit a regular one, then you may also be interested in their membership options.

For more info about the current exhibitions and the artists, hop on over to their website, or to get in touch with the museum give them a call on 087 350 4777 or email them at info@zeitzmocaa.museum.


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