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The next step is to share something of our culture – we need to offer people a richer, more diverse experience that includes an education about our heritage.” As the world’s first art institution to exclusively document modern life in Africa, Zeitz Mocaa has an essential role to play in allowing Africans to tell their own story.
But it also has a daunting amount of wall space to fill.
“We are also hoping to bring back some of the paintings, sculptures and photographs that have been taken out of Africa because they deserve to be shown here too.” Local gallery owners agree too that the introduction of a world-class contemporary art museum will propel the African perspective to the fore.
As you enter through her doors you are greeted by an array of senses.
Several hundred years ago, the Dutch East India Company traded between Europe, the Cape of Good Hope and Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam.
At Kitima we are re-creating the romance of this era, when the refinements of an eastern way of life were imported to the west for the very first time.
Housed in the city’s historic grain silo and designed by British architect Thomas Heatherwick, it will not only be the biggest public art space to open on the continent for more than a century; it will also profoundly shift the South African art market as we know it.
But while Zeitz Mocaa is dominating the discourse for 2017, Cape Town already has a vibrant gallery scene that has been steadily growing for the last decade and an art fair each February, and both are now profiting from the world’s attention.