Former Puma chairman behind contemporary African art museum in Cape Town
The German collector Jochen Zeitz to fund acquisitions and operations for the public/private institution, due to open in 2016
By Gareth Harris. Web only
Published online: 20 November 2013
Cape Town is due to have a new museum which will house the vast private collection of contemporary African art owned by the German collector Jochen Zeitz, the former chairman of the sportswear company Puma. The new space is scheduled to open late 2016.
The 102,000 sq. ft, non-profit institution, named the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), will be located in the historic Grain Silo in the city's V&A Waterfront area. Mark Coetzee, the curator of the Zeitz collection and the former director of the Miami-based Rubell Family Collection, has been appointed as the executive director and chief curator of the new museum.
The V&A Waterfront development project is contributing 500 million South African rand ($49m) to the new museum (the waterside prime commercial and residential hub is jointly owned by the property conglomerate, Growthpoint Properties Limited, and the Government Employees Pension Fund).
Under the new private/public partnership, Zeitz will fund the running costs of the planned venue and “provide a substantial acquisition budget to allow the museum to acquire new important works over time to remain on the edge of contemporary cultural production”, says a press statement. The architect for the new museum will be announced in February 2014.
Works drawn from the Zeitz collection will, in the meantime, go on show in the Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion, a temporary exhibition space also located at the V&A Waterfront. The inaugural exhibition in the Pavilion, which is due to open 23 November, is devoted to the Swazi artist Nandipha Mntambo.
Earlier this year, Coetzee bought 85 works for the Zeitz collection at the 55th Venice Biennale, including numerous pieces from the South Africa pavilion, such as a series of photographs by Zanele Muholi from the Cape Town- and Johannesburg-based Stevenson gallery, and three large sculptures by Michele Mathison in the Zimbabwe pavilion from Cape Town’s Whatiftheworld gallery.
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