On a completely different continent and in a completely different scale from the news about Los Angeles, there is word of another contemporary art museum — African contemporary art. This proposed museum, which sounds quite wonderful if it happens, is in Capetown.
On Cape Town’s waterfront at the southern tip of Africa, the world’s biggest museum of contemporary art from across the continent is being carved from a conglomeration of concrete tubes nine storeys high.
The $50 million (36.7 million euro) project to transform the grim functionality of 42 disused colonial grain silos into an ultramodern tribute to African creativity is driven by an international team of art experts and architects.
For Mark Coetzee, executive director and chief curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the project is the fulfilment of a pledge he made to himself a quarter of a century ago.
“It has been my life dream to build a contemporary art museum in Africa,” the South African-born former director of the Rubell Family Collection in Miami told AFP. “When I left Cape Town 25 years ago I vowed to return only when I had the skills and the relationships to make this happen.”
That is an excerpt from an article published on July 13 on the Global Post. Other reports note that the museum will transform 42 disused colonial grain silos into the museum. The architect is Thomas Heatherwick, a Brit. The photo here is from his studio. More important, the Zeitz Museum starts life with an extensive permanent collection donated to it in perpetuity by German entrepreneur and former Puma chairman Jochen Zeitz. He has also committed to underwriting operational costs of the museum and providing a budget for acquisitions of works made after 2000.
You may have seen parts of the Zeitz collection on view in various European countries.