Thursday, 27 February 2014

Cape Town to get Museum of Contemporary Art

Today, 19 November, the V&A Waterfront unveiled the ZEITZ Museum of Contemporary Art Africa(MOCAA) as the major new cultural institution to be housed in the Grain Silo building. Built in 1921, and at 57m tall, the Grain Silo remains an icon of the Cape Town skyline.It will become a platform for artists across Africa and house the largest collection of African contemporary art across 9,500 sqm of space.
a major new cultural institution that will focus on collecting, preserving, researching, and exhibiting cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora.
Zeitz MOCAA, is a new not-for-profit institution, with the V&A committing over R500-million to the development required for the establishment of the Museum.  This investment will further the development of art in Africa and acknowledges the important cultural and financial contribution the visual arts sector makes.
The height of the Grain Silo and its strong silhouette gives it a character that has set it apart as an unusual structure within the V&A Waterfront. The reuse of the structure to house Zeitz MOCAA combines ingenuity, resourcefulness and beauty in a way that will be unique for Africa and give greater respect to the work displayed.
Zeitz MOCAA forms part of a master plan for the Silo district that includes mixed-use developments of residential, commercial, leisure and hotel property with the transformed Grain Silo as the central focus of a public plaza.

Source: Visi and Zeitz MOCAA
The architect for the new museum will be announced in February 2014.
  • 9 floors
  • 6,000 sqm exhibition space
  • an entire floor dedicated to education
  • 1 floor for events of up to 1,000
  • 2 floors to a permanent collection
  • 2 floors for traveling exhibitions
  • rooftop sculpture garden
  • archival room, restaurants, book shops
Zeitz MOCAA is set to welcome its first visitors at the end of 2016. Until the extensive renovations to the Silo complex are complete, selections from the Zeitz Collection will be presented at Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion, a museum-quality temporary exhibition space also at the V&A Waterfront. The inaugural exhibition which opens at Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion on 23 November, will present the work of Swazi artist Nandipha Mntambo.
Despite facing some initial difficulties, work on the foundations of Cape Town’s elevator began in 1921 with Mr. Xavier Brain as Resident Engineer. By February 1923, these difficulties had been overcome and work on the superstructure commenced in June of the same year. Up to 1,000 men were employed on the construction at any one time and work continued on what was called the “grey towering slab of concrete” throughout the day and night.
Apart from claiming the record as South Africa’s highest building, at 180 feet (57 metres), the elevator also claimed a world record for having had 4,800 cubic yards of concreting done in 14.5 days. According to statistics made available to the Cape Argus in May 1924, it was recorded that 17,500 bags of Cape Portland cement and 145 tons of reinforcing steel was used in the storage bins.
Read more about the history here.
View images of the interior of the Grain Silo building here.

Source: SMCT at
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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré - 1923 -2014

Ivory Coast artist Frederic Bruly Bouabre dies

其中一位非洲的最著名視覺演出者,象牙海岸弗雷德里克 · Bruly 布瓦佈雷,已死了 91 歲。



在過去的 25 年中,在的幾個世界上最重要的藝術畫廊和博物館展出過他的工作。





"布瓦佈雷是自己一種產生器的百科全書的因為他個人的工作範圍包括發明一個具體的非洲字母表,"象牙海岸策展人和藝術評論家雅各巴科納特當時告訴 BBC。


科納特先生說: 布瓦佈雷還記錄了在西部非洲各國人民臉上的劃痕。

威尼斯雙年展主辦機構,布瓦佈雷工作作為一名公務員直到 1948 年,當他有後,他獻身于藝術的視覺。

喬納森 · 沃特金斯,從 Ikon 畫廊在伯明罕和館長的最近一次一展布瓦佈雷在漢城,說,在他看到了在天空中的不同彩色的圓圈的遠景。

"它導致他他作為一種預言字元放在地球上的結論。他把自己叫做 ' 謝赫 Nadro'......'一個人永遠不會忘記,'"他告訴 BBC 的重點在非洲電臺節目上。

他的視覺字母語言被描繪用圓珠筆和蠟筆,包圍文本的象徵性意象與 400 多個小卡片上。

弗雷德里克 · Bruly 布瓦佈雷的作品一系列由布瓦佈雷在外交和非洲聯盟顯示在象牙海岸館在威尼斯雙年展上

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