The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MoCAA) has been a welcome addition to Cape Town's contemporary art scene since it opened in the V&A Waterfront's Silo District in September 2017.
Standing in for Africa Melane, Jeremy van Wyk chats to interim head of marketing and communications, Emma King about the museum's vision and its plans for Africa Day.
The real vision of the museum was to create a place where artists from Africa and the Diaspora could really tell their stories on their own terms.— Emma King, Interim head of marketing and communications - Zeitz MOCAA
If you think about it, a lot of the art from Africa when it goes into museums or galleries around the rest of the world, it's really presented from their view, so it's often presented as exotic or different or different to how the rest of the Western art is perceived.— Emma King, Interim head of marketing and communications - Zeitz MOCAA
The first and second floors of the museum showcase its permanent collection and pieces on long-term loan.
These include work by South Africa's Mary Sibande and Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru.
That's where you see the really big names that are the show-stoppers that people come specifically to see.— Emma King, Interim head of marketing and communications - Zeitz MOCAA
King points out that exhibits are constantly changing, so people should not limit their visits.
A current exhibition for example, features work from Zimbabwe that reflects recent political events.
As you go up the museum we're also showing some of the more emerging artists as well... On the third floor at the moment we have an exhibition called 'Five Bhobh – Painting At the End of an Era', an exhibition of 29 Zimbabwean artists.— Emma King, Interim head of marketing and communications - Zeitz MOCAA
To mark Africa Day on 25 May the museum will present a special programme including performances by school choirs, an African-inspired menu at its restaurant and interactive storytelling.
Pedro the Music Man... uses the traditional African storytelling techniques and instruments to create a really interactive performance.— Emma King, Interim head of marketing and communications - Zeitz MOCAA
For more information on the Africa Day programme go to https://zeitzmocaa.museum/.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Zeitz MoCAA to present special programme for Africa Day